Puppies are the essence of all happiness, bringing too much life, joy, and energy to both our homes and hearts. But unfortunately, they have high risks of developing puppy diseases and conditions or getting injuries.
First-time puppy owners have notably higher chances of overlooking the most common puppy diseases. (Sometimes, too much cuteness and happiness can be very distracting, right?) All puppy owners need to keep in mind that it’s the very youth of our furry babies that makes them prone to some conditions that might threaten their precious lives.
A combination of bad genes, a still-under-development immune system, and a lack of experience and judgment can easily lead to various puppy diseases and conditions.
To keep your puppy safe, healthy, and happy, watch out for these five most common puppy diseases and conditions.
5. Infectious diseases
Puppies have immature immune systems, which make them vulnerable to infectious diseases that adult dogs can easily fight off.
While all infectious diseases are awful, some are particularly dangerous, including the following:
▪ Parvovirus, which causes diarrhea and vomiting in young pups and can even lead to death.
▪ Distemper, which is another frightening infectious disease that can result in death.
▪ Bordetella, or kennel cough, is a highly contagious infectious disease that causes coughing and other respiratory issues in puppies.
To prevent these terrible diseases and protect your puppy’s health, you should go through a regular vaccination program as soon as your furry love turns six weeks.
These vaccines can keep these serious ailments and help your pup thrive. You have to make sure to keep your puppy away from unvaccinated dogs at least until she or he turns seventeen weeks.
It seems that we’re not the only ones who love our cute puppies, parasites are very fond of them too! Both internal and external parasites commonly infest young dogs. Hookworms, roundworms, and other intestinal parasites are often found in almost every puppy, but you can quickly get rid of them using deworming medication.
As for external parasites, such as ticks, fleas, and scabies that cause Mange, they can mess with your puppy’s health and wellbeing.
While fleas and ticks can be prevented with puppy-safe products, you should be extra careful when dealing with Mange and make sure to visit your vet as soon as you spot the first signs, which often include scaly skin, scratching, and hair loss.
3. Congenital abnormalities
Some puppies can have genetic health issues from their mother’s womb, and such problems would require immediate veterinary attention as soon as the little pup is born.
One of the most common congenital abnormalities in male pups is undescended testicles (sometimes just one, other times both), and in case the testicles did not drop down, the puppy will need surgery to remove them.
Other issues include umbilical hernias, heart problems, and hip dysplasia. And that’s another reason why a vet visit is crucial because your veterinarian is the only one who can diagnose and treat genetic health problems.
Puppies are born with too much energy and an endless need to play, which increases the risk of accidents that eventually cause a wide variety of injuries. Puppies often get scratches, scrapes, and fractured bones after some wild playtime.
To help prevent accidents, make sure to keep a close eye on your puppy, and try to eliminate anything sharp or dangerous from his/her path. And in the unfortunate case of an accident, take your furry baby to a vet as soon as possible so you can prevent the injury from causing more pain or getting worse.
1. Eating foreign objects
Puppies love chewing more than anything. They’d wrap their tiny mouths around anything they notice, and sometimes, end up swallowing something they shouldn’t. Surprisingly, veterinarians have removed all sorts of inedible things from puppies’ tummies, including rocks and kids’ toys.
If your puppy is vomiting, lethargic, or finds it hard to poop, you should head to the vet immediately because he/she might have ingested something terrible.
Also, make sure to consult your vet even if you only have doubts that your puppy has eaten an inedible object.
Remember, your vet is your best buddy when it comes to keeping your puppy safe and healthy.
Don’t hesitate to share your own experience with puppy diseases or conditions. We’ll be more than happy to read (and learn) from you.