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Preventative Health Care

Complete health care of dogs includes flea control and regular worming for intestinal parasites. De-sexing and sterilisation can be done as early as 12 weeks of age and is usually recommended prior to puberty. Pet health insurance is worth considering as it covers those unexpected events that may occur from time to time.

There are four major infectious diseases of dogs, distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and kennel cough, the first three of which are often fatal. Treatment is difficult, expensive and often unsuccessful, however vaccination provides a very effective means of preventing all of these diseases. Vaccination should ideally begin at 6 weeks of age. Your vet will advise you of an appropriate vaccination program to protect your dog from these infections.

Regular treatment for intestinal worms is also an essential part of health care prevention; not only in caring for the health of your pet but to protect your family from the human health risks associated with some roundworms.

There are four major intestinal worms, which infect dogs and cats; roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. See your veterinarian for their advice on programs to control these parasites. It is recommended that you treat your pet with a broad-spectrum wormer every 3 months.

Fleas

Fleas are the most common cause of skin problems in dogs and can transmit a number of diseases. Flea numbers can build up very quickly so prevention is far better than trying to eradicate a problem once it has become established.

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Oral Hygiene

Tooth and gum problems can often result in serious consequences; lost teeth, damaged gums and jaws, blood poisoning and pain and suffering for the dog.

Gingivitis (gum disease) begins with a build up of plaque and tartar. If this progresses the end result can be tooth root and jaw infection. Two types of bacteria (aerobic and anaerobic) can be involved and a combination of two antibacterial drugs which covers both bacterial types is the most effective treatment. Sometimes surgery may be required.

Regular check ups by your veterinarian are recommended and descaling (removal of tartar) may be required from time to time. These visits will help ensure any problems are picked up before they become serious and require extensive and expensive procedures.

A combination of regular home and veterinary care options provide the most effective protection for your dogs teeth.

 

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