How to recognize a healthy dog?
You take care of your dog as much as possible because you want him to live a long and healthy life. Good food, sufficient exercise and good care can make an important contribution to this, but of course one does not have everything in one's own hand. With these tips, you'll always be on top of whether or not your dog is healthy.
Have your dog vaccinated
Prevention is better than cure! That is why it is important to vaccinate your dog against a number of canine diseases. By vaccinating your dog, you can protect him from parvovirosis, from distemper (also called Carre's disease) and from Weil's disease. Especially in puppies this is very important, because they are supplied with the appropriate antibodies from their mother in the belly, but their number decreases rapidly after birth, so that the puppies themselves must become more resistant in the long run.
A titer test is a blood test to check how many antibodies are in your dog's blood. When vaccinated, the immune system should respond by producing antibodies. However, this is not the case with all vaccinations. Vaccinations can have side effects. Of course you want to avoid. By determining the titer and number of antibodies in your dog's body, you can avoid unnecessary vaccinations.
Control fleas and ticks
Your dog can suffer from very unpleasant parasites, e.g. B. at fleas or ticks. Fleas occur all year round. Can cause annoying itching. They can also transmit tapeworms. You are well advised to check your dog regularly for fleas and ticks. For this you can check his ears and skin folds and brush him regularly. When brushing you may come across flea droppings. These are black spots that turn red when they get wet. There are several types of anti-flea products available. Therefore, think carefully about which vaccine you choose and use it according to the instructions. If you have found a tick? Remove the tick with a tick remover to prevent the remains of the tick from remaining in your dog's skin.
Deworm the dog
Puppies are almost always born with roundworms. That is why you should keep your Deworm your dog regularly. Puppies often suffer from gastrointestinal worms, but adult dogs can also be affected by roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, tapeworms or heartworms. The latter type of worm can even be life-threatening! The puppies are dewormed every other week for the first eight weeks, then every other month and from the age of six months four times a year.
If you have your Neuter your dog, have their testicles or ovaries removed to make them infertile. This is possible from a relatively young age, but in bitches there is an increased risk of incontinence if it is done at an early age. It is therefore advisable to wait until three months after your bitch's first heat before spaying her. Male dogs are usually neutered after one year, but it is also possible to have it done earlier.
Neutering causes small changes in behavior. For example, a dog may become a little less active. Accordingly, he also needs less Food. For example, on the packaging of Yarrah Adult dry food you can find exact information about how much food you should give your dog in this case.
Want to know more about how much your dog should eat and drink? Then read the articles about it, how much food your dog can eat and How much water he should drink.
From your dog's body and coat you can tell a lot about his health condition. For this it is necessary to know what to look for and how to take the best care of your dog.
A coat with bald patches, matted hair or dandruff is an indication of health problems. Brush your dog regularly. Give him good food without artificial additives. This contributes to a healthy skin. Contributes to a healthy coat.
Check your dog's ears regularly. The ears are a very popular place for ticks to nest in. The ear can also be used to check for an ear infection or if an ear mite has taken up residence. The following behavior signals you that there is something wrong with your dog's ears: shaking of the head, a crooked position of the head or a regular grazing of the ear with the paw.
Healthy eyes are shiny and have a bright white eye skin (sclera). So keep an eye on the eyes. Watch out z. B. On excess tear fluid; inflammation can develop from it.
When puppies are born, they don't have teeth yet – they don't grow them until one to three weeks later. Between the 13. and 21. By the second week, these baby teeth fall out again in dogs, creating the permanent set of incisors, canines and molars. It is important to have your puppy's teeth checked regularly by your veterinarian. Here's how to prevent problems later in a dog's life. Brush your dog's teeth with a special dog toothpaste to prevent plaque and tartar buildup.
Tip: Want to let your puppy chew on something tasty? Then give him Organic chicken necks from Yarrah. The cartilage is hard enough to break out the loose teeth. This snack will make life easier for your puppy as the new teeth and molars come through. Chicken necks also help keep the teeth clean.
Make sure your dog gets enough exercise
Exercise is important for a dog, but how much your dog moves depends on his age and breed, among other things. Puppies need exercise too, but long walks are not helpful for healthy growth. As for removal, it is better to start small and increase it slowly. It is recommended to take a short walk 4 to 5 times a day. The length of these walks can be calculated using the following formula: Ten minutes multiplied by the number of months your puppy is alive. For example, a three-month-old puppy can thus walk for thirty minutes per walk.
Pay close attention to whether your puppy is showing symptoms of exhaustion, and shorten the walk if necessary. Cycling with your dog is possible from the age of nine months, but again, the dose of exercise should be increased slowly and you should always keep an eye on whether your puppy is showing symptoms of exhaustion. Do you want to pursue a sport with your dog, z. B. Skill training? This is possible from one year of age.