Help Protect Your Dog From Common Diseases

Naturally, we pet
parents hope to
shield their beloved
furry companions
from any danger.We
research the best
nutrition, read food
labels and learn what
to feed and not feed
our dogs. We keep
them active to help
dog health and safety
their hearts and
minds stay healthy.
We do our best to
keep them away from
potentially toxic toys.
And that bully at the
dog park better keep
his distance.
Although we can’t
prevent everything,
we can learn how to
spot common
diseases and help
protect our dogs early
Puppies and
Of course, puppies
are cute and cuddly
but they’re also
vaccinations are now
able to prevent thetwo most common
puppy ailments:
parvovirus and
distemper. Keep
these vaccinations up
to date to prevent
your pup’s
Puppies that are 12
weeks to three years
old are the most
vulnerable to this
highly contagious
disease, but all pets
should be vaccinated
at six to eight weeks
old. The American
Animal Hospital
Association (AAHA)
recommends puppies
be vaccinated every
three to four weeks
between the ages of
six to 16 weeks old.
If your pup hasn’t
been vaccinated and
contracts parvo,
contact your
Common signs of
parvovirus include
fever, vomiting and
bloody diarrhea.Distemper
Thankfully, distemper
is another disease
you can vaccinate
against. Protocols
vary, but the AAHA
vaccinating every
three to four weeks
when your puppy is
between six to 16
weeks old.
Distemper initially
appears as an upperrespiratory disease
with sneezing and eye
discharge, but it can
progress into
pneumonia or
problems if left
untreated, so don’t
assume these
symptoms are a
simple cold.
As always, call your
veterinarian or bring
your dog to an animal
hospital if he’s
showing signs of
distemper. It’s crucial
to catch this
condition earlybecause it can lie
dormant and break
out again later.
Adult dog
Gum disease
Oral health care
should start when
your dog is just a pup.
Professional cleanings
from your
veterinarian and athome brushings will
help prevent gum
disease later in life.
Inflamed gums are
usually the first sign
that your dog’s teeth
need some TLC.
Inflammation can
lead to gum disease if
left unattended.
Bacteria-laden plaque
and tartar on the
teeth can spread
under the gums,
causing them to
separate from the
teeth and form
pockets whereinfection can readily
breed. Bone loss or a
blood infection are
two of the more
serious symptoms if
gum disease is left
Brush up on more
dental health care
tips here.
Kidney disease
Just like humans,
dog’s kidneys remove
waste and prevent
toxic buildup. When
kidneys aren’t
performing correctly,
it can be poisonous.
Kidney stones, a
ruptured bladder or
normal aging can
cause kidney
malfunction. If you
see a drastic increase
in water intake,
frequent urination or
accidents in your
home, take your dog
to the veterinarian as
soon as
Senior dog ailments
Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetes is caused by
the poor production
or poor functioning of
insulin, a hormone
made by the
pancreas. Insulin
helps move glucose
from the blood into
the body’s cells
where it’s used for
Diabetes most
commonly occurs in
dogs that are at least
eight or nine years
old; it can be
hereditary and is
more common in
females. Samoyeds,
Cairn Terriers, Pugs,
Toy Poodles and
Miniature Schnauzers
are breeds prone to
diabetes, though any
breed can be
affected.Watch for diabetes
symptoms like
frequent thirst,
increased urination,
weight loss, fatigue,
irritability, recurring
infections, blurred
vision, and slowhealing cuts or
bruises. If you notice
any of these signs, it’s
best to bring your dog
to your veterinarian
to rule out diabetes
and other ailments.

Sadly, cancer is the #1
disease-related killer
of our furry family
members. One loving
way to help detect
cancer is to feel for
lumps as you pet your
dog every day. Watch
for weight changes,
slowly healing sores
and bleeding from
the mouth, nose or
ears as well.If caught
early, cancer
treatments can be
successful so openly
discuss the pros and
cons with your
veterinarian.Learn more about pet
cancer symptoms.
Providing your dog
with proper nutrition,
lots of exercise and
routine wellness
checks at the
veterinarian will help
keep him healthy.
Your precious pup
can’t verbally tell you
what’s wrong, but
you can watch for
physical distress
signals. If your pooch
just isn’t himself,
don’t hesitate to call
your veterinarian.