Puppy Health is a critical part of ensuring the overall good health and well being of your dog. Although the majority of breeders take great care to ensure the well being of the puppy they are selling, there are inevitable health concerns that are going to arise over the life of your new puppy. Knowing the signs and symptoms of potential health problems early is often the only way to save a dog’s life.
Not all health issues are predictable or preventable. A dog may develop serious health problems over their lifetime, or it may be something you would expect your dog to get over the course of time. Common puppy health problems can be grouped into several different categories: structural Puppy Health Issues. Most health issues will be related to a dog’s body or structure, rather than their internal organs.
Heartworms are one of the most common and potentially fatal puppy health problems for those who do not take care of their dogs well. Heartworms are parasites that live in the lung tissue of a dog. Once they are in the lungs of the dog, they will have to be removed or treated in order to avoid any type of heartworm disease. Another serious issue that you would have to look out for is an intestinal blockage. This condition is often mistaken for a bowels problem in puppies because it can cause extreme intestinal pain as well as vomiting and diarrhea. Some signs of a blockage include a change in appetite, inability to produce stool, and the presence of blood in the stool or urine.
Be sure to have your new puppy examined by a vet as soon as possible, even if the vet already has a diagnosis on hand. A vet can give your new puppy vaccinations and medication much more quickly than you can, which is why it’s important for you to get your puppy checked out as soon as possible. While there are many different vaccinations that you can give your dog as well, there are also some that you need to get your new puppy early on in order to protect your puppy from.
One of the major issues that all puppies need taken care of early on is dental care. Puppies do not have teeth like full grown dogs and as such they can get cavities fairly easily. The best thing you can do when it comes to puppy care is to have your puppy professionally cleaned by a veterinarian on a regular basis. This is important because your new puppy is going to get cavities much more frequently than dogs that have not been properly taken care of. If you do not have a veterinarian handy at all times, there are plenty of vet clinics that you can go to in order to get your new puppy taken care of.
Just like any other dog, a new puppy needs to eat a proper diet. A puppy food diet is specifically designed for puppies so you will want to find a good brand that you know your puppy will like to eat all the time. You should make sure that you feed your new puppy the same things that he has always been eating before, only adding in new puppy foods as he gets older and stronger. Another thing that you should never change in your puppy’s diet is table scraps, as this can very unhealthy for your puppy. Giving your dog something in his food like raw meat or chicken can be okay but you should never put raw meat or chicken into your puppy’s water because the water contains bacteria that can be harmful to a puppy.