Dogs are one of the best and loyal companions of man. They turn out as friendly and compassionate around humans. In many households, dogs are equaled as family members.
Pets are generally good for our health and create a comfy environment in our homes. According to latest news trend has increased immensely in the current pandemic situation when we are confined to our homes. Owning a pet comes with certain responsibilities regarding their take care and health.
There are certain health issues relating to dog’s health that we should consider as owners. We can avoid these problems by following some simple rules including basic hygiene routine and regular checkups at a veterinary clinic.
Following are some of the issues related to a dog’s health:
Cancer is one of the prevailing problems these days. Prostate cancer is one of the most common issues in male dogs. With age, these glands swell up and cause blood flow in the urine. The infection can spread to the stomach and upper area threatening the life of your pet.
The simple solution to avoid this problem is that owners should neuter their dogs at an earlier age. This simple solution not only keeps the hormonal level balanced but also gives your pet a safe and healthy life.
Another health problem relating to dogs is heat dissipation. Just like humans, a dog’s body also generates heat with physical exercise. We, humans, have sweat glands used to dissipate heat but the dog’s body is covered with a thick fur coat. Some dog breeds have a bilayer fur coat.
They have some sweat glands at their paws but mainly they dissipate their body heat through panting. Panting is not that effective in the case of short-faced dogs due to their body features. Therefore, these dogs should have an air-conditioned environment or in absence of central air conditioning, a ceiling fan must be available.
Skin problems are also a major problem faced by many dog owners. These include bumps, rashes, and fur infections. One of the major causes of skin problems is humidity and heat. A proper hygiene routine is a must to avoid these skin problems. Dandruff appearance, rashes, and constant itching are some of the early signs of skin infections.
Dogs have a thick coat layer that requires proper cleaning. You should bathe your dog every fourth week. This routine will keep your dog clean and healthy and also preserve the natural oils of the skin.
Choice of shampoo varies from dog to dog. To find the best-suited shampoo for your pup you should consult a vet. Skin problems are more prevalent among dog breeds that have a thicker coat and shed twice a year. Dead skin cells or un-removed cells can also cause skin problems.
Along with hygiene, you must give your dog a proper and healthy diet to keep its immune system active and well functioned.
Dogs are active creatures. They love to play around and jump over you. They respond actively to human affection and love to play with their owners. With this physical activeness, there are certain changes to trip over something and pull a muscle or break a bone.
You must check if your dog is tripping or has any difficulty while walking. With a pulled muscle sometimes he can walk or sometimes you have to carry him to the doctor immediately. In case of a broken bone, you must call the ambulance services.
For a healthy lifestyle for your dog, you must include regular visits to the vet in your routine. In this “New Normal” routine, there are certain disciplines you must follow including a pre-appointment, fewer people with you, and in case of a rush, you must wait outside or inside the car if possible.