As your dog ages, certain health issues arise at different stages of life. We will talk to you regularly about the different needs of your pets as they age. Knowing what is your dog age in terms of human years will help you understand them better. By working together, we can pave the way to a long and healthy life for your pet.
- Core Vaccination: Prevent dangerous or fatal diseases. Prepares the body’s immune systems to fight off an invasion of disease-causing organism. When one’s pet is exposed to the real disease, vaccinations can increase the chances of treating the diseases.
- Kennel cough vaccination: Kennel cough can be spread when dogs are gathered in an area such as boarding, daycare facilities, dog parks, etc. Symptoms of kennel cough include dry cough, lethargy, fever and discharge.
- Rabies vaccination: Rabies vaccination can be preventative against rabies disease, but cannot be considered as curative treatment.
Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitos’ bite, which can lead to fatal diseases such as heart failure. Heartworms can be prevented either by monthly tablets or yearly injections. It would be ideal to keep the heartworms prevention up-to-date to avoid any heartworms larvae from growing. Any missed treatment will require a heartworm test, to ensure there are no living heartworms.
There are five types of worms: tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and hydatid tapeworms. Different types of worm can be transmitted in different ways, for example, many puppies are born with roundworms, and tapeworms are transmitted through fleas, lice and rodents. Some common symptoms of worms in dogs are loss of appetite, diarrhoea, vomiting. Thus, owners are advised to give deworming tablets every 3 months.
A lot of owners think it is normal for their pets to have bad breath until a certain age, but that is not true. Bad breath is caused by tartar formed on the teeth, which can cause infections where the gum will swell, as well as tooth decay. These can cause pain and discomfort to your pets. Apart from that, it will also affect the kidney, liver and lungs. It would be a good idea to bring your beloved pets for a regular dental check-up. We would highly recommend dogs to have their teeth brushed daily.
Regular health Screening
Ideally, owners are recommended to bring their beloved dogs in for a regular check-up every 6-12months. This regular check-up includes a physical examination, also every 12months for yearly vaccinations and heartworm prevention injection. Older dogs, depending on the breed, are also recommended to do a blood test yearly.
Spaying is where ovaries of female dogs are removed to prevent any unwanted pregnancy. Other than that, there are other health benefits which include prevention of fatal womb infections, ovarian cancers, and a dramatic reduction in the incidence of breast cancer.
Castration is the process of removing the testicles of male dogs. This can prevent dominance aggression, mounting behaviour, and prostate disease and perineal hernias.
It will be ideal to have your beloved pets spayed or castrated at the age of 8months if there is no intention of breeding.