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Having a dog can be a very rewarding experience. Their affection and unfailing loyalty can be a mood lifter when you are down and their presence can be very comforting. However it can be heartbreaking when your furry baby gets sick, and watching it suffer can be absolutely gut-wrenching.With a little extra care and caution you can ensure that your dog stays protected from a bunch of deadly diseases. Putting in the little extra effort can go a long way in keeping your pet healthy and free of pain and discomfort.Here are a few potentially deadly dog diseases with tips on how you can prevent them
- Parvovirus or Parvo: The Parvovirus is spread through the feces of infected dogs. The disease affects the heart and intestines of the animal and can be fatal if left untreated. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and extreme weight loss. Fortunately there is a vaccine for this highly contagious viral infection which can protect puppies and young dogs from contracting it.
- Lyme disease: This disease that is spread through tick bites leads to kidney failure and death when not detected early. Symptoms include swollen lymph nodes, pain while walking, decreased appetite, fever and listlessness. The disease can be prevented by keeping your dog tick free through regular grooming, checking the fur after time outdoors and using a tick repellent. Treatment includes a course of antibiotics prescribed by the vet.
- Canine Distemper: This is also a viral disease that is highly contagious. The virus spreads quickly between dogs in close proximity to each other and can cause widespread infection in shelters. Symptoms include, coughing, vomiting, discharge from the nose and eyes, convulsions and seizures. Distemper cannot be treated and is fatal. However the disease can be prevented by vaccinating your pet.
- Kidney disease: Many dogs develop kidney disease as they get older and some breeds are more prone to others. Symptoms of kidney disease can include fever, vomiting, reduced appetite, reduced intake of water and less frequent urination. There could be several causes for kidney disease but a few preventive measures can help protect your dog. Keep gums and teeth clean to prevent infections that can enter the blood stream and damage kidneys. Dogs can also get kidney disease from accidentally ingesting household chemicals like antifreeze, so be sure to keep these out of reach from your dog. Make sure that your dog is drinking sufficient water daily.
- Chocolate poisoning: Now this one is absolutely preventable. Yes, chocolate is toxic to dogs and can cause death. Be vigilant and make sure that you don’t leave candy bars lying around the place where your furry baby can reach them. All it takes is a bit of caution to prevent a heartbreaking incident.
Stay safe and keep your pups safe too.