Top 10 Common Dog Health Questions

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Top 10 Common Dog Health Questions

by Kristi Patrice Carter

What is a dog ear infection and how can I tell if my dog has one?
Dog ear infections are extremely common in dogs, especially in dogs that are infrequently or improperly groomed and floppy ear dogs. In most instances, the dog ear infection becomes evident when bacteria or fungi get out of control. This occurs because a dog's ear structure is elongated and horizontal which does not allow moisture to efficiently drain. In addition, with floppy eared dogs, air isn?t allowed to effectively circulate which causes a perfect breeding ground for an infection.

If you notice an increase in tear stains, reddish/brownish ear wax, a foul odor emanating from his ears, red or inflamed ears, or see your dog scratching his ears or head frequently, then your dog may have an ear infection. If so, take him to the veterinarian right away for proper treatment.

How should I trim my dog?s nails?
It is important to keep your dog?s nails at the proper length so that your dog can walk correctly and will not have back problems. You will want to make sure your dog is relaxed when you cut his nails so that you do not injury your dog or even yourself. The best tool is a specialist nail guillotine. You will want to cut at a 45 degree angle and make sure not to cut too deeply.

Is there a supplement I can give my dog to reduce pet dander?
There are several supplements available, but they are not generally effective. Excessive dander can be caused by many different problems. It is best to discuss this concern with your vet.

What are the symptoms of kennel cough?
Dogs that have kennel cough have a chronic, hacking cough. You may also see a small amount of blood in your dog?s mucus. If you suspect your dog has kennel cough make a doctor?s appointment.

How can I help my diabetic dog?
The best thing you can do is make sure your dog eats regularly and exercises at least once a day. You may have to give your dog regular insulin shots if diet alone does not help. By taking these actions, you can significantly improve your dog?s health and longevity.

How often should I treat my dog for heartworms?
This depends on the treatment recommended by your vet. Most medications are given monthly, but there are a few medications that are given daily. Before administering any medications, you should discuss the situation with your veterinarian.

How do I treat mange?
You will need to treat yourself and your dog twice in order to treat this medical condition. Your vet will prescribe specific medications and treatments, depending on the breed of your dog and the severity of the condition.

If my dog is constipated, can I give him laxatives?
You should never give your dog laxatives without first seeing you vet. You should also never change your dog?s diet if you suspect that he is constipated. Instead, take him to the vet right away as there can be various conditions that may be causing his constipation.

My dog has undescended testicles. Is he at risk for cancer?
No. This is a very common condition in both dogs and humans and should not cause alarm. In many instances, the problem may rectify itself with time.

Should I brush my dog?s teeth?
You should always brush your dog?s teeth. In addition, you can give your dog chew toys that will help clean their teeth. Lastly, a raw food diet is also a great choice to prevent plaque from occurring which will help keep his teeth strong and healthy.

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