Thursday

Canine Distemper Virus

Canine distemper virus or CDV is an above ground variety and highly transmissible disease-causing illness that is every so often deadly and can affect the respiratory, urogenital, gastrointestinal, optic nerves, central nervous systems and your dog health as a whole. This communicable disease usually affects dog of all ages worldwide. However the degree of severity is more dangerous in young puppies compared to a non-immunized adult dogs.

Dog distemper is a dog health problem which is strongly associated to human measles because the virus that generates canine distemper belongs to the same paramyxovirus group where human measles virus is a member. Thus, if a person has vaccine and is immune to measles then they will also have imperceptibility to canine distemper. In spite of this, there is an account that humans can conceivably be infected with dog distemper virus but will unveil no signs or warnings at all.

Symptoms of canine distemper are on case to case basis depending on your dog health. Early signs include high fever, loss of appetite because of tonsils and lymph nodes problem. Because of this the dog will drastically loss weight and will eventually becomes very weak. The virus will attack the lungs and respiratory tract so dogs will develop persistent cough. Severe diarrhea with bloody traces is the manifestation of intestinal inflammation.

This disease that attacks dogs has a 50% mortality rate and most of the dogs die by the third week because of neurological complications. In selected cases, the dog's protective mechanisms generate antibodies in this period, and subsequently beat the infection. However the virus is not completely gone and it actually remains in the brain which can be activated anytime. This if often times referred to as “Old Dog Encephalitis”. It should be noted also that virus can survive and in fact loves cold temperature and is more pervasive during winter and fall season. However they only remain dormant on warm weather.

It is important that puppies should receive colostrums from their mother to strengthen their immune system in order to battle not only distemper virus but all forms of dog health problems. New and tested vaccines are now available to protect your dog health from canine distemper virus. Veterinarians strongly advised that your dog should be vaccinated at an early age and lessens contact with other animals and avoid exposure to other places. Proper sanitation is encouraged as a best form of prevention.


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Wednesday

Dog Cognitive Disorder

Dogs can be affected by a degenerative disease like Alzheimer's disease in humans. This is formally called canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS). Similar to the symptoms of Alzheimer disease in humans, dog cognitive dysfunction syndrome causes behavioral changes that are not normal in the canine aging process. This condition affects mostly dogs aged 11 years and above. There are similar studies about this dog health issue that revealed that 48% of dogs with ages 8 years and older, 62% of dogs 11 to 16 years of age and 100% of dogs 16 years of age and older exhibited at least one of the changes that occurs in dogs with cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS).

The symptoms of cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) in dogs can be abbreviated with the following acronym: D.I.S.H.

D - Disorientation
I - Interaction changes
S - Sleep changes
H - House soiling

Dogs who have CDS or cognitive dysfunction syndrome have been seen to be disoriented with familiar surroundings. Your dog with CDS can have a hard time locating his favorite area where he naps or sleeps. In some cases, your dog will have a harder time of locating your doors. Regarding interaction changes, he may not remember to do as he is commanded; even simple commands like “Stay” and “Sit” can elicit strange responses from your dog. Dog with this kind of problem may not even recognize your family members, familiar people or your friends; he may even act hostile to them. Sleep habits of your dog may change with this condition, he may sleep more during daytime than at night; depression can also be seen wherein your dog seems lethargic and lack energy or enthusiasm with favorite activities.

About the house soiling category of symptoms, house-trained dogs may have accidents in your house. Your dog may even forget where he is and have a hard time making his way around your house. He will usually urinates and defecates anywhere or even inside the house.

Cognitive dysfunction syndrome in itself is not fatal to your dogs, but complications arising from this disease can seriously harm your dog. The symptoms like disorientation and interaction changes can lead to situations that can seriously physically and emotionally harm your beloved dog.

If your dog is exhibiting the above-mentioned behavior or symptoms for no apparent reason, it's wise and best to consult your veterinarian for proper recommendation to alleviate and control this dog health problem.


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Monday

Flee From Dog Fleas

When it comes to being a dog owner, do you care enough and are attentive to your pooch? Are you that vigilant when it comes to your dog health? If so, then maybe battling with a creature that's so fast, nearly invisible, irritating, can cause itchiness and can jump high and fast, wont be any greater problem for you. What I am referring to is one parasite that can contribute to harming and troubling your dog's health – DOG FLEAS!

If you happen to see your dog scratching like hell, well, don't just think that your dog may have some allergies. Although you are also more likely to panic and go around see what you can do to give remedy to that itchiness that you think allergies may have caused, the treatments for parasite infestation may differ and have some variant effects. When it comes to your dog health, you should be as alert and as knowledgeable so that you can take good care of things by yourself without even going to see a veterinarian. The type of control depends on the extent of the dog's problem and the preferences of the dog's owner. Take these things into consideration to prevent or cure the fleas infestation in your dog:

1.The best thing that you do first, is to check what may have caused your dog's itchiness.
In order for you to know and confirm if your dog is infected or been bitten by fleas, you should observe your dog if he/she bites at his rear end especially around his tail or the inside or outside of his thighs. The tapeworm or the skin bumps may be one of the signs that the fleas are present. Small red raised bumps on the base of the tail and along the outside of the back legs, self-induced scratches, and thickened skin on the base of the tail are all signs of chronic flea allergy. The diagnosis can be confirmed with an intradermal skin allergy test.

2. Check your house for some fleas especially the place where your dog sleeps.
You are more likely to detect whether there are fleas around through its “droppings” or flea dirt. It looks like sprinkled pepper on the dog's fur or skin. If you drop some of this "pepper" onto a damp paper towel and it turns reddish, it's fleas, and not seasoning. You can check out if your dog has those droppings when you take your pooch to a good bath and then use a flea comb to brush away the flea dirts and even some flea themselves. Flea combs are specially made fine-toothed comb that could trap fleas and flea eggs on your dog’s fur. Use dog shampoos or those designed to suffocate fleas thus killing them when you give your dog a bath. Clean the places where fleas are possibly to hiding or and laying their eggs. They have a great ability of jumping fast from host to host so you really should take so much precautions. Use flea sprays to prevent them from coming back and to kill flea eggs that can bring about more trouble to you and your dog health.

3.The use of pill or topical application take less effort.
But they should not be used alone in a heavy infestation because they do not treat the environment. The pill works when flea bites dog, so may not be suitable for an allergic dog. The topical solutions kill adult fleas and have some residual action as long as they remain on the pet's hair — even hair that has been shed on carpets and furniture.

Some synthetic insecticides may be harmful to your dog health that's why it is advisable to use home remedies instead if you want to get rid or prevent dog fleas from troubling you and your dog. Whatever strategy you use to ensure your dog health, it doesn't matter as long as you give prior attention and dedication towards achieving the desired results. And of course when in doubt, always seek for veterinarian's help.


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Friday

How to deal with Dog Arthritis

How much do you value your pet? Survey says that the basic annual expenses for dog health amounts to 453 dollars including Surgical Vet Visits, Food, Kennel Boarding, Routine Vet, Groomer/Grooming aids, Vitamins, treats and toys. It only show that in American alone, pet lovers has enough supply for pet care and know exactly what their pet needs especially for dogs There is also a possible indication that dog lovers could easily know what their dog health condition directly from their vet or on how their dog looks like. Because your dog can’t talk, he's counting on you to recognize signs of pain and to have your veterinarian diagnose to treat the condition.

Certain signs like reluctant to climb steps, to rise from a resting position, when your dog tire easily and lag behind during long walks may show that your dog might be or suffering from painful arthritis. Arthritis is defined as an inflammation of a joint, usually accompanied by pain, swelling, and sometimes changes in structure. Sometimes this joint pain is the first symptom that is noticed. Other joint problems include stiffness and swelling, particularly in the large joints such as the knee, elbow, and shoulder. Arthritis like osteoarthritis (General term) is a debilitating disease that greatly affects your dog health and well being.

Unlike humans where an injury doesn’t immediately manifest itself as arthritis, in dogs symptoms can be seen within several weeks and develops this arthritis as they age. Although there are no miracle cures, much can be done to make your dog with arthritis more comfortable and improve their lives. In order not to make it more difficult for your dogs, arthritis treatment can be done to decrease mobility. This treatment includes medicines, supplement, exercise, diet/weight and surgery. Medicines may help to both reduce the pain and slow down the progress of osteoarthritis. Aspirin is not recommended for even it reduce pain it still cause the cartilage in the joints to break down. Supplement is a good approach but it would be better if you discuss it with your vet so to determine the level of effectiveness.

Moderate amounts of exercise are also important not only for arthritis suffering dog but for the dog health as a whole. One round on the block two or three times a day of walk is about right. Avoid strenuous activity. Try to ask advice from a physical therapist that specializes in canine arthritis. See to it also that you monitor the diet of your dogs because overweight dogs make the arthritis treatment more difficult. The more weight on those poor joints, the harder it is to move around. In severe cases, Surgery might also be a possible way to fuse together joints that are causing pain. Additional treatment is also to give your dog a soft comfortable place to sleep. It is much easier for your dog if you use a foot off the floor bed for them to get up and down.

A pet dog has been part of our family. Like any members, we must give importance as how to improve and maintain our their health. Before anything could possibly happen and become worse we should make it habit to be accountable to them. It is for us to easily know any signs of diseases and avoid unexpected results because prevention is still the best cure.


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