El cuidado veterinario de los perros

Veterinary care of dogs

For vaccination

Vaccines prevent infectious diseases and often save the life of the animal. Veterinarians vaccinate against distemper, hepatitis, rabies, parvovirus, and leptospirosis, which are contagious to animals but not humans. After eight or nine weeks of life, your puppy will be at the best age for the first vaccination. Repeat the vaccination after four weeks to ensure your puppy is adequately and fully protected. For example, if your puppy receives his first core vaccination at eight weeks, he will need a second combination vaccination at twelve weeks. Your veterinarian will discuss with you the intervals of the next vaccinations. It will also give you information on protection against rabies, which you should not neglect if you live in a district with a risk of rabies or if you travel abroad with your puppy. To be vaccinated, the dog must be healthy and dewormed.

For the treatment of worms

Initially, you should deworm the puppy every three to four weeks. From four months of age, it is sufficient to repeat the treatment every three months, and for adult dogs at least every six months, ideally once a week before the annual revaccination.

Some dog worms can also infect humans. Therefore, special care must be taken when there are small children in the house. If you regularly deworm your dog, there is nothing to worry about.

Noticeable changes in the dog

In the event of any noticeable changes indicating illness, please consult a veterinarian as soon as possible.

These include, for example:

  • Exhaustion, fatigue.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Significant increase in thirst.
  • Vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Eye or nose discharge.
  • Cough.
  • Impurities in the house, visibly frequent urination, bloody urine.
  • Itch.
  • Skin and hair changes.
  • Paralysis symptoms.
  • Ear problems such as frequent ear scratching, head shaking.
  • Expressions of pain such as moaning, yelping at touch, or a rounded back.
  • Noticeable swelling.
  • All other changes not related to the dog’s normal condition or behavior.

Even if you mean well: Unauthorized treatment attempts usually only make the problem worse. The vet will also be happy to give you important advice on feeding, maintenance and care.

You can also recommend a tick remedy. Since ticks can transmit the babesiosis pathogen, which is similar in appearance to human malaria, through their bites, it is very important to prevent ticks. It is not enough to remove the ticks afterwards.

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