Several common dog illnesses are preventable. Dog vaccines prevent several common dog illnesses. The dog owner should make sure to get the do properly vaccinated and take other measures to prevent common dog diseases.
Not all common dog illnesses are preventable. Getting a dog vaccinated can prevent some dog illnesses that are serious and potentially fatal. Vaccines for rabies and parvovirus are examples of ways to prevent potentially fatal dog illnesses.
Rabies can infect humans if the person is bit by an infected dog or other infected animal. The viral infection rabies has become less common since vaccines are routinely given to puppies.
Parvovirus is another viral infection that can be prevented with dog vaccinations. Parvovirus causes severe gastrointestinal symptoms including bloody diarrhea. Young puppies with the parvovirus can experience sudden death is the viral infection attacks the heart.
Parvovirus is not the only cause of diarrhea. Diarrhea is a common reason for a dogs visit to a veterinarian. It may be caused by a mild viral infection or poisoning by food or other substance. By keeping garbage secure in covered trashcans, a dog owner can reduce the risk of the dog developing diarrhea from eating rotten food or food that is dangerous to dogs.
Vomiting is a cause for concern for dog owners. Many veterinary appointments are made every year due to vomiting in dogs. If a dog has blood in the vomit or diarrhea, has both vomiting and diarrhea, or if the dog has both vomiting and diarrhea, the dog owner should contact the veterinarian.
Dirt and debris in the dogs ears can increase the dogs risk of ear infections. Ear infections are another common cause of needing veterinary care. The presence of ear mites increases the dogs risk for ear infections, therefore any ear mites should be treated promptly.
Periodontal disease, or infections of the mouth, is another common dog illness. Periodontal disease is caused by tartar buildup on the dogs teeth. Dog owners can help prevent periodontal disease by brushing the dogs teeth regularly and taking the dog for routine teeth cleanings at the veterinarians office.