Selecting Your Puppy
Let's face it, almost all puppies are hard to resist - so when it comes to picking
out a new pooch, it's important to know just what you're getting.
A puppy's adult personality is fairly well defined as early as seven weeks of age,
so seven weeks is an excellent age to "test" a prospective pet. A few careful minutes
spent choosing your puppy will make all the difference once you've made the puppy
a member of the family.
Look for the puppy that's willing to relax when cradled in your arms for a minute
or two. Puppies that fight, bite, or struggle may not be able to handle stressful
situations or restraints such as leashes. Next, try to startle the puppy during
a quiet moment. Dropping your keys on the floor is a good way to gauge the puppy's
reaction. A puppy that runs and hides may always fear loud noises and eventually
display destructive behavior or soil the house when left alone, for example, during
a thunderstorm. If you're trying to select a puppy from a litter, the attraction
test is instructive and fun. Get on your hands and knees and call to the puppies
as a group. A curious puppy is the one that responds first and most often. It's
likely to be people oriented as an adult.
Protecting Your Puppy
Love's not enough. Your puppy needs a preventive health care program, too.
Every new puppy faces a variety of parasites and infectious organisms as it grows.
Some can pose a threat to humans too, so it's important to take your puppy to your
veterinarian as soon as you can. That way, your veterinarian may get your puppy
started on a preventive health care plan that's the foundation for a long, healthy
life - and your family can enjoy your new dog worry free.
Here are some puppy health care topics you should discuss with your veterinarian.
This list is for the information of pet owners - it does not include every threat
to the health of your puppy and does not replace veterinary care.
- Canine Parvovirus
- Canine Coronavirus
- Canine Distemper
- Infectious Canine Hepatitis
- Kennel Cough
- Canine Parainfluenza
- Fleas and flea infestations
- Ticks and tick borne disease
- Heartworm Disease
Heartworms and Gastrointestinal Parasites : Risks You Might Not Even See until Your Dog's Infected
Outdoor type or couch potato, your puppy is at risk of exposure to potentially deadly
heartworms as well as harmful gastrointestinal parasites. But don't despair - heartworm
disease can be prevented and roundworms and hookworms can be treated and controlled!
Heartworm disease is prevalent in the Philippines all year round. Its prevalence
has increased because we live in such a mobile society - people and their dogs travel
from place to place, unknowingly taking parasites along for the ride. Dogs of any
age and breed are susceptible, and the disease may be fatal.
Heartworms are not the only parasite of concern to puppy owners. Everyday, gastrointestinal
parasites such as roundworms and hookworms may weaken puppies, and can even cause
death in severe cases. Effective treatment and ongoing control of gastrointestinal
parasites are essential for the health of your puppy.
Viral Diseases : A Regular Immunization Program Can Help Protect
There's no way around it - potentially dangerous, disease-causing organisms are
part of your new puppy's environment. And because puppys are curious and like to
explore everything, they're good candidates for exposure to infection. But your
veterinarian can help protect puppies and adult dogs against a number of infectious
organisms through a regular vaccination program. A puppy typically receives its
first vaccination at 6 to 8 weeks of age, and vaccinations will continue throughout
the dog's life. Your veterinarian will set up your puppy's vaccination schedule
- it's important that you follow your veterinarian's recommendations.
In fact, taking your dog to "get its shots" on a regular basis is one of the easiest,
most important ways you can protect your pet's good health, because it also ensures
that your veterinarian has the chance to examine your dog regularly to detect any
problems before they become serious threats.
Some of the most important diseases to understand and talk about with your veterinarian
are rabies, parvovirus, distemper and canine coronavirus. Vaccines are available
against all these diseases. You'll also want to discuss heartworm disease and fleas,
ticks and other significant parasites with your veterinarian.
Your Puppy's Vaccination Schedule
No matter what kind of puppy you've selected, its vaccination schedule should begin
at six to eight weeks of age. After that, revaccinations are necessary to keep your
dog healthy. See your veterinarian to establish a vaccination and revaccination
Dog Health FAQ
When should I have my dog vaccinated? Which vaccines are the right ones?
Since your veterinarian is familiar with your dog's health history and understands
the disease conditions in your area, he or she can best determine the correct vaccination
schedule for your dog. In general, a veterinarian will administer a series of vaccinations
early in a dog's life to help develop its immunity against a number of diseases.
Mature dogs require regular revaccinations, called boosters, to help maintain their
immunity. Your veterinarian will assess your dog's risk factors and recommend a
customized vaccination program.
Why do puppies require multiple vaccinations?
When a vaccine for a specific disease is given to your dog, its immune system produces
substances called antibodies that work against a specific virus or bacteria. A nursing
puppy receives certain antibodies from its mother that help protect it from disease
early in life. Interestingly, these same antibodies, passed in the mother's milk,
can also keep a vaccine from being completely effective. Since the presence of maternal
antibodies gradually decreases as a puppy gets older, the puppy must create new
antibodies to help ward off disease. A series of vaccines over a period of time
stimulates the puppy to produce its own antibodies.
How will my dog feel after vaccination?
The way an individual animal reacts to a vaccine depends on a number of factors,
including its age, the type of vaccination, and the dog's overall health. In all
likelihood your dog will act normally. It may experience a few mild signs such as
fatigue, a slight fever, or lack of appetite. If these symptoms persist beyond 48
hours, consult your veterinarian.
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