Dog's Health

Dogs are animals with a robust constitution. If it lives a normal life, is fed properly, well cared for and kept in hygienic conditions, a dog rarely gets sick.

Even so, every dog owner should know the most common diseases, in order to take the first steps towards the indicated treatment. The caring for and healing of the dog remain the duties of veterinarian medics, therefore this chapter isn't meant to replace a manual, but only to offer some useful tips.

How to recognize and distinguish a healthy dog from a sick dog? A healthy dog is lively, cheerful and has a good appetite. Its eyes are clean, the nose wet, cold and clean and the stool is half hard. A healthy dog is willing to play and walk; it has a normal temperature. A sick dog can be recognized by the following simptoms: it looks upset, drooping or apathetic. It doesn't have an appetite, is vomiting, has diarrhea or is constipated. It might have runny eyes or nose, which often can by dry and hot. A sick dog's fur lacks luster, suppleness, or is falling off.

Sometimes one of these phenomena can occur without being related to an illness. Only if they continue or are associated, can we know for sure if it is a disease. Such, the dog can sometimes seem depressed, but the explanation is a previous excessive physical effort. Or it doesn't have an appetite for the short interval of a day. Or it vomits. These mild stomach upsets can have several causes in dogs: the rush to eat, fatigue after exercise, ingestion of indigestible things. Sometimes you see dogs pulling out and swallowing strands of grass, which wrap around the object which causes the stomach upset, easing its elimination. If symptoms persist, however, we will call a medic.

In case of vomiting, it's indicated not to feed the dog for 24 hours; this fasting does not hurt him and will allow us to see if we are dealing with a passing ailment, or a disease.