Dogs can be strong, brave, and at your side at a moments notice. They have been known to help their owners live healthier lives and continuously give out love. So, when a dog gets sick, we want to do anything we can to help our pet get well. Of course, sometimes that can be pricey. Fortunately, most of the common diseases in dogs can be prevented. The following are the top 5 most common preventable diseases in dogs:
1.) Heart worm
Mosquitoes are the cause of heartworm by spreading the parasite from host to host. The parasite begins to live in the heart and lungs. If a dog is infected, symptoms are not usually noticeable until the infection has escalated. These signs include weight loss, fainting, loss of energy, and congestive heart failure. If left untreated, heartworm can be fatal. It is best to regularly give dogs heartworm medication to prevent the disease. I recommend using Revolution once a month. It not only prevents heartworm, but fleas and ear mites as well. For more information on the medication visit www.revolutionpet.com.
2.) Kennel Cough
Kennel Cough is one of the most contagious diseases among dogs. It can either be caused by bacterial or viral infections and results in upper respiratory problems. The most common symptom is a hacking cough and sometimes vomiting. Dogs with kennel cough can be treated with antibiotics. If left untreated, the disease can result in death. Because the disease is easily spread from dog to dog, most kennels and boarding places require your dog to be vaccinated against Kennel Cough. Talk to your vet about getting your dog vaccinated.
Similar to the measles, distemper is very contagious. The disease travels through bodily fluids, such as urine and nasal secretions. Food and water that is contaminated can also help the spread of distemper. Early signs of the disease include loss of appetite, vomiting, and a runny nose. The mortality rate for distemper is very high. The only treatment is to give antibiotics for any secondary infections, fluids, and supplements to help slow down the progression of the disease. Fortunately, there are vaccinations to prevent it. Most places require that dogs have the vaccination.
4.) Lyme Disease
Just like humans, dogs can get Lyme disease too. It is a bacteria infection that is carried by ticks. Symptoms can include enlarging of lymph nodes, lethargy, and loss of appetite. Treatment of Lyme disease is antibiotics. The best way to avoid Lyme disease is by preventing it. There are vaccinations available, as well as medications. Once again, I recommend
Revolution. Applying one topical dose once a month will help fight off ticks.
Most places require that dogs have their rabies vaccination. Rabies can be fatal for dogs and humans, so it is important to prevent it. The virus spreads through your nerves to your brain. It then makes its way to the salivary glands and can be passed on through bites. It is important to get your pet vaccinated.
We need to keep our dogs healthy so they can live a long, happy life. Seeing our pets sick can be sad, but most illnesses can be prevented through vaccinations. Talk to your vet for more information on the different vaccines, professional recommendations, and other ways to keep your pet healthy.