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Guide for Owning and Taking Care of Your Dog Part 2

Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd

Getting Ready to Bring Your Dog Home

Make a Schedule

When your pooch finally gets home, the plethora of things you have to do can be overwhelming. To make it easier for you and your household, it helps to come up with a schedule stating who is responsible for food, walks, water, cleanup, exercise, and grooming.

Dog Proof Your House

Puppies are very much like babies. They are curious and energetic and pretty much want to be in things that they shouldn’t. So when you are dog proofing you have to be thorough.

Puppy Proofing Tips for the House

  • Doors and windows should stay closed at all times so that the pup can’t escape.
  • You should keep all sharp objects out of reach.
  • Being that puppies like to chew on electrical cords, they should be kept out of sight or strung through cord concealers.
  • Keep toilet lids closed so that your pooch doesn't fall or drink water out of the toilet.
  • Keep medications out of reach.
  • Store small objects away so that your pup doesn’t accidentally eat them.
  • Keep cleaning supplies out of reach so that your pooch doesn’t get affected by the chemicals in the vapors given off.
  • Keep your expensive jewelry out of reach so that your puppy doesn’t chew on them.
Basset Hound

Basset Hound

Puppy Proofing Tips for the Outdoors

  • Take good care of the lawn so that ticks don’t hide in the neglected grass and latch on your furry friend.
  • Clean up after your pooch to ensure that he doesn’t try to eat his own poop later.
  • Make sure there’s enough shade in the yard.
  • Fence in your backyard with a high fence so that your little pooch doesn’t try to make a run for it while playing outside.
  • Put up a fence surrounding the pool so that your puppy doesn’t accidentally fall in.
  • Set aside a portion in the yard where he can relieve himself.

Symptoms of Canine Distemper

Stage One

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Diarrhea
  • Clear nasal discharge
  • Purulent eye discharge
  • Vomiting
  • Pustular dermatitis

Your puppy is finally home and you’re more than thrilled. But more than a privilege, owning this lovable creature also means added responsibility on your part. It depends on you for food, shelter and pretty much everything that concerns it and so you have to learn everything you can about caring for it.

Schedule Vaccinations

Much like babies, young pups don’t have a fully functional immune system yet and are therefore susceptible to diseases. The secret to ensuring that they don’t get sick is to schedule vaccinations and boosters over several months throughout the year. Here is an overview of some dangerous diseases that vaccinations help your pet avoid:

Belgian Malinos

Belgian Malinos

Dog Diseases

Canine Distemper

Canine distemper is an extremely serious disease that causes widespread infection in the host. It can either be spread through airborne exposure, direct contact with an infected animal or through the placenta.

Choose a Veterinarian

Like humans, dogs are also susceptible to getting sick so you’ll need to schedule regular checkups with the veterinarian. Now, when it comes to the veterinarian, there are two ways to go about your visits:

  • selecting a veterinarian ahead of time
  • doing a walk in visit with basically any veterinarian that’s available.

However, selecting one vet and settling on him or her makes it easier to schedule up checkups.

Stage Two

  • Circling
  • Death
  • Seizures
  • Muscle twitching
  • Head tilt
  • Partial or full paralysis
  • Nystagmus
  • Convulsions

Preventing Canine Distemper

  • Keep your pup away from infected animals.
  • Vaccinate your pet for distemper.
Belgian Sheepdog

Belgian Sheepdog

Kennel Cough

Kennel cough, also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis is a common respiratory disease caused by viral, bacterial and other infections. Dogs contract it through airborne droplets, contaminated surfaces or direct contact with infected puppies.

Symptoms of Kennel Cough

When suffering from kennel cough, infected dogs may experience:

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  • Sneezing
  • Low fever
  • A runny nose
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy

Lyme Disease

The Lyme disease is an infectious tick-borne illness that is transmitted to dogs by certain species of ticks.

When suffering from Lyme disease, infected dogs may experience:

  • Lameness
  • Swelling of joints
  • Fever
  • Stiffness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Reduced energy

Treatment of Lyme disease

  • Administration of antibiotics

Preventing Lyme Disease

  • Inspect you pooch daily especially after walks
  • Schedule a regular tick checkup with your vet
  • Vaccination
  • Trim your lawn often
Belgian Tervuren

Belgian Tervuren

Parvovirus

Parvo is a deadly virus that attacks the gastrointestinal system. It is also highly contagious and is spread from one puppy to the next through direct contact with an infected dog or through its fecal matter.

Symptoms of Parvovirus

When suffering from parvovirus, infected dogs may experience:

  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • Dehydration
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Weakness
  • Anorexia
  • Dehydration

Treating Parvovirus

Parvo is a deadly disease that can be fatal if not treated promptly. Therefore common treatments include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Supportive fluids

Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease that is caused by bacteria. It is spread through contact with urine from infected animals or contact with contaminated water in puddles.

Boxer

Boxer

Symptoms of Leptospirosis

When suffering from leptospirosis, infected dogs may experience:

  • Poor appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Increased thirst
  • Jaundice
  • Infertility
  • Kidney failure

Rabies

Rabies is actually quite common among dogs. And it’s also every dog owners nightmare too. This viral disease is often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal and it can be deadly if not treated within hours of infection.

Symptoms of Rabies

When suffering from rabies, infected dogs may experience:

  • Anxiety
  • Paralysis
  • A headache
  • Hallucinations
  • Excessive drooling

If you enjoyed reading this article check out the first part Guide for Owning and Taking Care of Your Dog

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2022 Adriel Ananiel

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