Responsible pet owners will do everything they can to ensure their four-legged friends are healthy and happy. However, illness and injury can develop in even the fittest and brightest of animals – and often it can’t be prevented or foreseen.
As a dog parent, it is important to know a little bit about your dog’s organs and how they function can help you spot those problems. Read on for information!
There are many different problems that can affect dog ears. Dog ear infections and ear mites in dogs are both common issues that can threaten your dog’s hearing as well as their well being.
Ear problems are usually very painful. There are a variety of different causes so it is important to see a vet for advice if you notice any of the symptoms above. Your vet will use a special tool (otoscope) for looking deep into the ear to investigate and find out the cause of the problem.
Any dog can develop an ear infection but certain breeds are more prone. This is usually because the shape of their ears stops air flowing around the ear canal. This makes the ear moist and allows bacteria to grow and cause infections.
To avoid these issues, be sure to feed your dog a quality diet and remove any allergens from their food and environment.
Dog mouth problems are surprisingly common and can be caused by anything from abrasions, infection, or chewing on inappropriate items, to a genetic predisposition for oral cancer.
Chewing is not bad. It is a normal and necessary activity for a dog. It only becomes a problem when your dog chews things you don’t want him to chew.
How can you teach your pup not to chew? Crating your dog or designating a doggy-proof room are two options. You should start teaching him to stay in a small crate when he is young if possible. When confined, your dog will be safe and will not be able to get into anything he shouldn’t.
Stomach problems are very common in dogs. It could be a result of many factors. If you notice your dog is having signs of stomach upsets, always ask your vet for proper advice before giving medications to your dog as not to worsen the condition.
While all dogs have more sensitive stomachs than humans and can experience digestive upsets, these types of problems are most common to deep-chested breeds as well as shepherds, collies, and golden retrievers.
Taking good care of your pet means feeding it the right type of food as well as taking precautionary measures. If you’re owning a large, deep-chested puppy it’s necessary to give him a specific large breed puppy diet to prevent stomach issues.