Dog Health care and training information for a new puppy dog owner

Dog Care - Helath Care
Courtesy: Indian Immunologicals Ltd

Health Care
Make it a point to visit your nearest friendly veterinarian once in a month or so. This is just to get your pet accustomed to its handling and to have a regular checkup. A good veterinary care, proper feeding and management would reduce most of the pups'ailments.

In case your pup comes in contact with ectoparasites do not panic. Immediately take it to a veterinarian for prompt attention.

A Healthy Pup
When choosing a puppy, examine carefully from head to toe, to make sure it is bright and healthy.

Using a Choke Chain
When using a choke chain, make sure you put it on correctly. When applied the right way, the chain will automatically loosen when you stop pulling. When put on backward, it will not loosen when you stop pulling.

Nail Clipping
A dog's nails need to be trimmed about every two weeks. Dogs that regularly walk on concrete wear down their nails and need less frequent trimming. Use a sharp trimmer and have some styptic available to stop bleeding just in case you cut the quick. A dog's nail is shaped like a crescent. It is widest where it attaches to the skin and narrows to a curved point at the end. The quick, or nail-bed, contains the nail's nerves and blood supply and runs down the center of the nail. If the quick is cut, it hurts and bleeds, so keep the trimmer well away from it. The pink quick can be seen clearly, in dogs with white nails. If your dog has black nails, you can be sure you are far away from the quick if you take off only the thin, curved tip of the nail.

Warning signs

Always consult your veterinarian if something, in your home -health exam doesn't seem right or if you notice any of the signs below
Loss of appetite for more than a day.
Trouble in eating or mouth pain.
Sudden weight loss or weight gain noticed by weighing or by a rib check.
Prolonged gradual weight loss.
Vomiting more than three times. Call Vet immediately if vomitus is bloody or dark.
Diarrhoea for more than a day. Call Vet immediately if bloody.
Change in bowel habits for more than a day.
Excessive drinking for more than a day.
Increased urination, sudden accidents in the house, difficult urination, straining, bloody urine or decreased urination.
Excessive salivation.
Sluggishness, unwillingness to exercise or behaviour changes for more than a day.
Excessive itching or scratching, including ear rubbing or head shaking.
lameness that does not improve within a day
Seizures or convulsions.
Eye discharge for more than a day. Squinting or discomfort


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