The Family Dog!!!!

Mon 26, Jun, 2017
The Family Dog!!!!
  • Our canine companions have always been considered man’s best friend. We benefit from the loyalty and companionship that dogs provide, and dogs have increasingly become members of the family. This article will provide information for selecting the correct puppy and on general dog care.
  • Selecting the right dog needs to be done in order to meet your family’s expectations. All puppies are cute, and they all like to cuddle up and lick your face. Some grow to weigh five pounds and some grow to be 115 pounds or more. When you are looking for a dog ask yourself the following questions: What are your needs in a dog? What kind would fit your home? Will the dog require a lot of exercise? Will the dog shed excessively? Do you have budget constraints in terms of dog food and medical care? Do you desire a dog that is naturally high-strung? Do you desire a dog that can play fetch? Do you desire a dog with a known family-friendly disposition?
  • There are many dog breeds to choose from. Many dogs can be found in animal shelters and would love to be part of your family. Whether you choose a purebred or mixed-breed dog, be certain to choose the correct dog to meet your family’s needs and wants. Getting a family dog on impulse can certainly be very rewarding; however, it may lead to more dogs without homes.
  • There have been many medical advances that will keep your family dog healthy. There are also many misconceptions in terms of dogs. The following are some examples of both.
  • Male vs. Female. An age-old question. Which is best? There’s a feeling among dog owners that females make the best pet, but I would have to disagree. It really depends on how the dog is raised. Males are just as affectionate as females. Male dogs provide the very same companionship as females. Male dogs have different personality traits, yet are no less of a dog than females. Breeding. If you choose to breed your dog, you need to be committed to her overall health. A female dog’ s first heat cycle occurs at approximately nine months of age, then, in most cases, goes on a six-month cycle. Females attract the males during part of this cycle. Consult with your veterinarian to assure that your dog maintains a healthy pregnancy. The pregnancy will last for 63 to 65 days.
  • Spayed Females/Neutered Males. Having your dog spayed or neutered will provide a greater opportunity for a long and healthy life. Intact male dogs have a higher risk for prostate disease, and they will more likely have detrimental behavioral habits. Intact female dogs have a much- higher risk for breast cancer and uterine infections. Having your dog spayed or neutered will also assure against unwanted liters and more unwanted animals in our shelters.
  • Parasites. Fleas, lice, and ticks can cause a dog and the owner real misery. There are many species of each, but they all have one thing in common: they must have a warm-blooded animal on which to feed. Such parasites do exist in Colorado. Fleas are not as prevalent, but they certainly exist. Certain species of ticks can carry and transmit many diseases that affect our canine companions.
  • Mange. There are two types of mange, commonly known as demodex and scabies. Both kinds are caused by mites and require attention from your family veterinarian.
  • Ringworm. Ringworm isn’t a worm at all it’s a fungus infection of the skin that looks like its name. This fungal infection can present as a simple lesion or generalized over the animal’s body. Worms. Worms are major parasites of puppies and adult dogs. There are five worms that affect dogs: roundworms, tapeworms, whipworms, hookworms, and heartworms. The first four are intestinal worms, and a heartworm is a blood parasite. Intestinal worms are a human health risk because of the diseases they can cause in people. Heartworm was confi ned to the southern United States; unfortunately it has now become a problem in all parts of North America. Deworming should begin at two weeks of age for intestinal worms. Heartworm prevention should begin before six months of age.
  • Since my childhood I have wanted to help animals of all kinds. Having dogs as part of our daily lives truly provides pleasure and companionship. I look at dogs as family members and continue to strive as a veterinarian who can provide them with the best life medically possible. I want to secure a long relationship between you and your family dog. Congratulations on your new family member. They will naturally provide you with unconditional, unbiased, non- judgmental, and loyal companionship.
  • Future articles will focus on cats, human-animal bonds, and other animal-related topics. Mountain Ridge Animal Hospital is located at Baseline and Hwy 287 in Lafayette, open daily. Call 303.665.4852.

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