Taking care of a sick puppy can be worrying, confusing, heartbreaking... and often expensive.
When Fido doesn't seem to be feeling well, it's easy to panic, and it can be difficult to figure out if there really is something wrong..... and to decide exactly what you should do about it.
But your little guy is relying on you to take care of him, and to get him the right kind of help, right when he needs it.
So it's important to that you know how to recognize the most common signs of illness and to make sure that puppy health care is a high priority in your home.
The signs and symptoms of the many dog illnesses which puppies are at risk of contracting are varied.
To make matters more confusing similar symptoms can be signs of either a dangerous disease or a much simpler, less worrying one.
Just as you know your own children so well that you instinctively recognize when one of them is acting 'out of sorts', it won't take long for you to see your puppy's' special pattern of behavior.
You'll soon know what's normal for him.
The type of changes to look out for include:
When it comes to protecting your puppy's wellbeing, this is all important stuff.
This is because one of the earliest signs that all is not well with Fido will most likely be behavior that is unusual for him.
There are other, less serious, symptoms that can crop up and suggest that your pup has some type of illness include:
If your pup starts to lick himself all the time it could signal a skin problem and/or dog allergies .
If he's licking his genital area, and is urinating more than normal it could mean your puppy has a bladder infection (aka a UTI).
Obsessive scratching could mean parasites such as fleas or mites which cause mange in dogs etc.).
Constant head shaking can also mean allergies, ear mites or infection.
If your puppy's coat seems to be dull, patchy or coarse it could mean he has parasites such as worms.
Allergies can also cause coat and skin changes.
Or it could be an indication that his diet is lacking in certain nutrients.
If you don't see the symptoms that your puppy has that doesn't
mean that he's just fine, it could be something that I haven't mentioned
or a more unusual problem.
It's always better to be safe than sorry!
Having a comprehensive source of pet health information that you can turn to is always a good idea :)
Written by veterinarians, it's perfect for everyday reference and points you in the right direction, whether that is a trip to the vet's office or a home remedy.
Here are some more great books that can help you keep Fido healthy.....
Although even the healthiest little guy can fall ill or have an accident, you can help prevent a certain amount of problems by making sure that you pick a healthy puppy, from healthy parents, to begin with.
You'll find lots more tips, advice and information to help you HERE
As any owner of a sick puppy (or dog for that matter) soon finds out - veterinary care doesn't come cheap!
Fortunately for our pets, veterinary science is moving forward in leaps and bounds and many conditions that used to be a death sentence are now very treatable.
Unfortunately the treatments are also often extremely expensive, and if your pup gets injured or becomes seriously ill you could be looking at thousands of dollars worth of vet bills in the blink of an eye.
But you can protect both your pup, and your bank account with pet health insurance.
Check out my Dog Health Insurance Guide to find out more - including the questions to ask the insurance company, how to compare policies, and even get free, no-obligation, quotes for your pet/s.
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