The Dog's Hygiene

For the puppy and the adult dog to enjoy a good health, it is indispensable that hygiene have its place in the care of the animal. You cannot pretend to have a dog in bad hygienic conditions and at the same time with an excellent state of health.

The parasites that often live in a dog's fur are usually transmitters of diseases that your dogs can get easily, especially when they are puppies. Bear in mind that an insect like a flea, when it sucks the blood of the dog, can inoculate a disease from another dog. The fact that a dog has parasites in large quantities can cause different kinds of diseases.

When hundreds of insects suck the blood out of a dog, it causes a kind of anemia that can get to be serious. When it's a case of leeches, it can produce an anemia so strong that a puppy or and older dogs can die due to a lack of resources in the blood flow.

There are some insecticide collars available on the market which have proven to be effective. However, they're not advisable when there are lots of puppies in one same place as the other puppies can lick the collar and get intoxicated. If the puppy is alone, you can try it, but paying attention to the puppy's reaction. When you have many puppies, you have to separate them in order to avoid intoxication.

If the dog is the type that has droopy ears, he is likely to acquire an ear disease, known as otitis, but which can be form diverse origins. In order to know if the puppy has any affliction, you can use a cotton swab, and very carefully pass it around the inner part of the ear. If you notice that the cotton swab comes out with chocolate-color stains, or there is a pus-like segregation, or it smells somewhat foul, the best thing you can do is arrange a visit to the veterinarian as it is most likely a disease that needs to be treated as soon as possible so as to avoid any complications.

Conjunctivitis is another disease which modern day dogs easily contract. The most common factor that influences the development of this disease is when you take your dog in your car and the dog sticks his head out the window. Breeds like the cocker and many others, which have the conjuntiva somewhat separated, are more prone to contagion. Don't get into the habit of asking your neighbor what she used when her dog had a similar symptom or disease. It generally is better to ask the veterinarian what treatment is indicated for your dog in particular.

It is very important to keep the areas where the dogs sleep extremely clean. If the dog is on top a rug, cushion or something similar, you must frequently wash the clothes that come in contact with it. You also have to keep your eye out for any presence of parasites; if so, you have to use an insecticide, spray or any other, which must conveniently indicate that it's for use on dogs. Sprinkle the insecticide on the animal about an hour before he goes to sleep, avoiding that way any reaction which could occur.

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