If your puppy’s health during his early years is anything like mine was, he would often fall sick without any apparent cause at all. My puppy, then, would be diagnosed as having one of the following “epilepsy” conditions:
My puppy, then, would have to stay in my lap for days or weeks at a time while I soaked him in warm water, gave him lots of food, cleaned him frequently using high-pressure streams of water, and tried to set a good diet by giving him kibble only. This was extremely frustrating for the owner, but common puppy health problems like this were treatable. As far as puppy health goes, this is not the right away to worry about. In this article, I’ll tell you about some of the more common puppy health problems that you should be familiar with, as well as what you can do about them.
Vomiting and Diarrhea One of the puppy health signs you need to be aware of is excessive vomiting or diarrhea, especially after eating or drinking something that he shouldn’t have. If your pup has diarrhea and vomiting after eating, get him to the vet right away. He might need to have fluid loaded into his system because the food that he just ate could be making it into his intestines too fast. If you don’t notice any signs of nausea on your puppy, you may want to wait a day or so before consulting a vet. In the mean time, keep feeding him small amounts of high-grade commercial food.
Parvovirus This is one of the most common viruses dogs get. In fact, it is highly contagious between dogs. The most commonly known symptom of parvovirus in dogs is diarrhea. However, it can also show up in cats, dogs, and people as well. This virus is highly contagious, which means it could be transmitted from one animal to another if the infection isn’t taken care of in a timely manner.
Another problem that puppy owners sometimes run into is puppies with constipation. Because dogs are naturally designed to relieve their digestive tracts regularly, this presents a real problem for kennel owners. If your dog has diarrhea or constipation for more than a couple of times a week, see a vet. A vet can prescribe an appropriate diet or give your pup a homeopathic remedy to help control constipation.
Another common problem in puppies is vomiting. Vomiting is common after eating or drinking, but it can also occur after playing. Because of this, parvovirus can often be confused with food poisoning and diarrhea, which means it’s important to alert your vet if your pup begins vomiting after eating or drinking. You should also be concerned if your pup becomes extremely distressed when he becomes sick, has blood in his stool, develops no fever and doesn’t seem to be improving.