Vaccinations should never be avoided and need to be arranged by the pet owners as soon as possible after acquiring the dog. This simple preventative measure helps to improve the resistance of the animal against specific diseases that cause serious and potentially fatal problems in dogs. Like humans, some dogs are more resistant to illness and disease than others. Dogs that are orphaned due to the death of the mother have lesser protection in their immune system. Such animals are to be particularly protected against various diseases.
Veterinary dental treatments are just as important as vaccinations in the overall long-term health of your pet. Overlooking or ignoring your dog’s dental health can lead to periodontal diseases and a host of health issues that result from the disease. Professional veterinary dental treatment can be pricey, but it is essential to the well-being of your pet.
Spaying and Neutering
First, an explanation of terms: these procedures refer to the surgical sterilization female and male dogs, respectively. The term ‘neutering’ is occasionally used as a generic or unisex term to refer to the procedure regardless of the sex of the pet. Spaying and neutering of dogs is essential if you don’t want to breed the dogs. Like vaccinations, these procedures need to be conducted by qualified, professional veterinarians under clinical conditions.
The grooming of your dog is a simple activity that can improve your pet’s overall health, and help keep your house clean, too! Grooming, among other things, involves the brushing and clipping of the coat, and trimming of the nails. Clipping the coat or nails should be carried out in a careful manner to prevent injuring or otherwise distressing your pet during the procedure. Nail trimming is simple enough with the proper tools, as is coat trimming, but the coat should be clipped in accordance with the specific breed of your pet. If the coat is not clipped properly, dust, mites, and other parasites may accumulate in the coat and result in your dog developing a skin infection or disease.
Dog checkups need not be an expensive procedure or burden to the dog owner. It should be fun! Make it a part of your daily routine to interact with your pet. This interaction should involve general observation and, of course, petting. While petting and taking a “hands-on” approach, you will often discover early signs of trouble in your pet that can be treated while avoiding costly delays and unnecessary suffering. If you fail to do regular check-ups and inspections, then the dog may end up having some major diseases that you don’t know about!