(PET CARE) No matter how healthy your dog may be, he or she could still be exposed to serious illnesses. It’s important to remain attentive to your pets at all times to track and regulate their symptoms.

Steve Manik at the Dog Help Network explains that even though health problems such as diarrhea can be quite common in dogs, it can also be extremely dangerous at times. While changes in diet or an increase in stress can often lead to diarrhea in dogs, it can also be brought on by viral, bacterial, or parasitic diseases or infections.

Read on for more advice from the Dog Help Network. — Global Animal

Vaccinating your pet as necessary and regular veterinary check-ups will significantly help reduce the risks of disease. Photo Credit: Petwave.com

Steve Manik, Dog Help Network

Just as it holds true for humans, the key to a healthy dog is a nutritious diet and lots of exercise. Although an important part of daily routine, these two items alone do not make your dog completely resistant to disease or infection. The most important thing you can do for your pet is to give them your full attention.

Is your Dog Unwell?

If your dog is suffering from diarrhea, not eating their normal diet, or seems to be lethargic, he/she may be showing harmless symptoms that will go away without any long-term effects. On the other hand, these symptoms can be common in more serious medical conditions. Therefore, if these symptoms worsen or persist for a long period of time, then it is time for a trip to the vet. You should immediately take your dog to the veterinarian to have him/her checked for infections, parasites, or other illnesses.

Though diarrhea in dogs is a common problem, it can be extremely dangerous at times—especially in puppies. A change in diet or an increase in stress can often lead to diarrhea in dogs, but it can also be brought on by a more serious cause (i.e. viral, bacterial, or parasitic). One of the most serious factors of diarrhea in dogs, especially puppies, is dehydration. At times, dehydration may even lead to death, especially if your dog is very young or elderly.

If diarrhea in dogs continues for more than a day, you should immediately consult a veterinarian. Your vet may ask you to bring a stool sample along so that they can test it and possibly find a treatment. The simplest way to collect the sample is to take a zipper bag and turn it inside out. Place your hand in the bag and grab hold of the sample firmly and then pull the bag back over your hand and zip it shut.

Prevention

These days, many vaccinations are available to prevent serious diseases such as distemper, parvovirus, and rabies. Similarly to many other dog infections and diseases, rabies is easily passed from animal to human. If you decide to vaccinate your dog as a puppy, you can help prevent the spread of several deadly diseases. Vaccinating your pet as necessary and regular check-ups will significantly help reduce the risks of these serious diseases.

Other Diseases

Sarcoptic mites and mange are common parasites that live on the dog’s hair follicles and the dog’s skin. Ear mites typically live on the inside of your dog’s ears. Worms are another very common parasite found in dogs. If you notice something similar to a grain of rice around your dog’s anus, or where he usually sleeps, he/she may be infected. It is a good decision to take your dog to the vet regularly for routine check-up appointments.

We all love our dogs and consider them as part of our families. Hence, we must give them the care they need and keep them healthy and happy.

Check out our site for more information on diarrhea in dogs at www.dogdiarrheahelp.com

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