We are pleased to present you with our veterinary articles. Written by a veterinarian, Dr Sunelle Strydom, they provide insightful and valuable information on a variety of canine health issues experienced by dog breeds whether they are pure bred or not. Because you love your special four-legged companion, and want to promote longevity, prevent illness and to enjoy the full rewards of a happy and healthy dog, there is much that can be learnt from these vet articles.
Unfortunately, visiting a vet can be costly, and many dog health conditions make it essential to consult your veterinarian. It may, however, be possible that reading essential canine health articles, you may be able to diagnose and treat your beloved pet at home. A good example of this would be worms in the feces, there is no need to call your vet at midnight. Many over the counter medications are available for treatment of worms.
Puppies are notoriously getting into trouble. Chewing electrical cords poisonous plant can mean emergency (and costly) treatment. Only give your puppy appropriate chews to avoid unnecessary surgery to remove these items from their intestines. Besides our checklist to make your home puppy safe, it is essential to have your puppy vaccinated against common dog health conditions such as rabies, parvo and distemper. Annual de-worming is essential too.
Naturally, preventative care also goes hand in hand with a healthy and happy dog. Leaving fleas or ticks untreated may lead to emergency and costly visits to your vet. Become familiar with available medication to prevent infestation of these critters.
Canine Health Articles provide you with information whereby you may identify and treat your pet for minor health conditions. The best dog food you can afford will help to ensure that your pet has optimum health and possibly eliminate unnecessary costs due to ill health as a result of bad nutrition. Obese dogs can lead to a variety of illnesses as a complication of being overweight. Diabetes, heart disease, arthritis can be greatly reduced with the correct dogs' weight.
But, when things go wrong, or you are concerned about canine health conditions, there is no substitute to seeking your local vet for help and advice. It is important to always consult your local veterinarian about any dog health symptoms that may be worrying you. Our Veterinary Articles cover some common conditions:
All dog breeds suffer from one or more genetically pre-disposed conditions, such as hip-dysplasia and skeletal disorders, skin conditions or heart disease. Our chart on Dog Health Conditions, covers many of them. When choosing a dog breed, you may consider Pet Health Insurance which will cover your dog's particular health conditions.
Our gorgeous brachycepahlic dog breeds are prone to tracheal collapse we vet articles giving some vital information on the debilitating condition. Dog Hernias - (many congenital) is another vet article which will provide easy to understand information for the loving pet owner.
Other concerns may be diseases that are transmittable from animals to humans. For canine health articles on this vital aspect of pet ownership go to: Zoonotic Diseases
Other informative veterinary articles:
Veterinary articles supplied by Dr S Strydom and published with kind permission of DIA Publishing - publishers of KUSA Dogs in Africa Magazine
Dr Sunelle Strydom qualified as a veterinarian in 2004 at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria. She has a passion for writing and the sharing of knowledge to promote animal health and welfare. She has written several articles for KUSA Dogs in Africa as well as for Vra vir Faffa on the Landbouweekblad website at www.landbou.com
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