Dog health issues can be hard to deal with, and many potential health conditions might catch you and your dog off guard. They can become costly if you don’t deal with them immediately and efficiently. They could even be emotionally draining. Instead of reacting to dog health problems after they occur, learn what you can do to prevent them in the first place. Your dog will not only be happy, but he will also be healthier.
Health Problems in Dogs
Some aspects of our dog’s health leave practically every dog owner scratching their heads and thinking, “Well, what do I do now?” This article will discuss the most frequently asked questions about a dog’s health.
Bee Stings and Insect Bites
Dogs are prone to various insect bites and bee stings because they are curious creatures. One of the most often asked dog health questions is, “How can I help reduce the discomfort and itching of an insect bite or sting?” Apply one of the following to treat a bee sting or an insect bite:
- Baking soda (make a paste and apply it to the sting or bite several times a day)
- Tenderizer for meat (the enzymes help break down the poison that is causing the itching and burning sensation your dog feels)
- Aloe Vera (a natural pain reliever)
- Manuka honey (antibacterial and faster healing than anything else)
- Apply a cold compress (this will help lessen the swelling and reduce the pain)
If your dog has fleas, you should take preventative measures to stop this from happening again, such as placing your dog on a flea preventive medicine.
“How do I get rid of ear mites in my dog?” It is often mistaken for dog ear infections. If your dog has ear mites, you must take the following steps:
- Remove the crusty layer of debris that has accumulated inside your dog’s ears with a dropper filled with mineral oil.
- Apply medication provided by your veterinarian’s office.
If you have a pregnant dog, you’re likely to have many questions about dog health. Here are some of the most often asked dog pregnancy health questions:
“Fading Puppy” Syndrome
This occurs when the puppy appears healthy and normal at birth but then becomes cold and starts screaming or moaning on its own a few hours later. Because mother dogs may refuse to take the puppy, you will need to be the dog’s “mother” and feed it and give warmth.
Anemia is caused by a nutritional deficiency in the mother dog during her pregnancy. Almost always, both the mother and the pups are anemic. Ask for vitamins for your dogs from your veterinarian.
Many potential health issues can be avoided if your dog eats properly, exercises regularly, and is kept clean and well-groomed. You must still take him to the vet at least once a year to get him checked for any potential health problems. It is always preferable to recognize and cure a problem as soon as possible.