Vaccinating Your Puppy
Vaccinating your puppy is one of the most important and simple steps you can take towards keeping it healthy. Most dog breeds are routinely given vaccines against common illnesses such as rabies, distemper, parvo, and others. These vaccines must be updated each year. Puppies must also be vaccinated against yet other common illnesses such as leptospirosis. Puppies are born with deformed teeth that gradually progress to adult wisdom teeth and finally all their teeth will have erupted by the time they reach age 3 to 4 months. This process is known as deciduousemia and is a major cause why puppies often lose teeth and show signs of poor health. Puppies commonly catch roundworms and hookworms in the intestinal tract. Puppies' intestinal systems are relatively shallow and they are particularly prone to infestation by intestinal parasites. Roundworms are a very common parasite of puppies and hookworms can be bloodstreamitive and disease-threatening. Puppies' nervous systems are found to be hypersensitive to pain and stress and may become frightened or fearful in response to trauma or pain. Thus, these puppies may become aggressive and suffer injuries. Some hypoallergenic puppies have been found to be over sensitive to touch. Puppies' skin is found to contain highly concentrated sebaceous glands, making them prone to bacterial skin infection. This is a particular concern for puppies who have been weaned from their mothers too soon, and for any female puppy who, in the uterus, has not been acclimated to produce milk, thus making her vulnerable to infection by bacteria. Research has shown that vaccinations, at three to four weeks, are the most important activists for good puppy health. It is recommended that their mothers are vaccinated before the third week and again before they are weaned. Puppies' immune systems are not fully developed at this point and they are extremely vulnerable. Vaccinations should be boostered annually or once every two years. Another important but often ignored fact is that prescription medications for managing or preventing fleas and ticks may be extremely toxic to your puppy if not administered properly. Treating heartworm is another concern for any puppy owner. If you live in an area with roaming tickslayed by your dog, then you've probably heard that these parasites can lead to death of the puppy. The development of an adult heartworm can take anywhere from two to three years. And the Heartworm can spread from the dog to human which can be a route to death. Not vaccinating your puppy can be risky. Depending on its size, a small spontaneously born puppy can easily outweigh a fully grown adult dog. Even unvaccinated dogs have small risk; it's always best to keep them up to date on all their vaccinations. Finally, dog owners have to pay attention to factors related to their dogs' nutrition. Just as in human nutrition, dog nutrition has drastic influences on your dog's health and longevity. Dogs require an adequate quantity of protein and fats that reflect their carnivorous (or omnivorous) nature. An adequate supply of these ingredients will hardly make your dog an overweight but a trim and fit dog. They'll be eating correctly most of the time and will have few illnesses to bring about as the aging process kicks in. The basic amount of protein that a dog should eat is around 20 per cent of their food.
Of this Basic Nutrition, around a quarter of it should come from meat and the rest from non meat products - such as vegetables and cereals. If meat is listed as the first ingredient, it's the main part of the food and contains almost exclusively vegetable protein. Eating meat is an excellent way to keep dog healthy! Dogs, just like humans, have a better chance of living longer when they're eating right. That means following the ingredients to dog food and so far dogs love it. Dog owners who would like to experiment with their own dog food recipes should know that peanut butter is a great substitute for butter, because peanut butter is one of the best foods you can prepare using the whole grain.