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Health and Care of Your Puppy

Discussion in 'Pit Bull Puppy Discussions' started by Vicki, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator


    The majority of dogs never have a health problem so don't be frightened by the number of diseases a dog can contract. All dogs have days when they feel lazy and want to lie around and do nothing. For the few diseases that you might be concerned about, remember that your veterinarian is your dog's best friend. When your get your new puppy, or older dog, go to a veterinarian you feel is qualified to treat dogs and with whom you are comfortable. He will give your new pet a general check-up and set up a schedule of immunizations for you. He will get to know your dog and will be glad to have you consult him for advice. A dog needs little medical care; but that little is essential to his good health and well-being.


    Internal Parasltes - Puppies (and dogs) quite commonly have parasites, which most be eliminated in order for your puppy to stay strong and healthy. Have a stool sample checked by your veterinarian as soon as you get your new pet. Never attempt to worm your puppy or dog for parasites without the advice of your veterinarian. He will do tests to find out what type of worms (parasites) are present, if any, and he will advise you the best method of treatment. You should have a stool sample checked for parasites by your veterinarian at least once a year for adult dogs; more often for puppies.

    Fleas, Ticks & Mites - (External Parasites) These are usually obvious and must be eliminated at once. If you have tried commercially available Fiea Dips and Flea & Tick Collars, and you still find even a slight problem, or if your dog appears to be itching and scratching for no reason, contact your veterinarian immediately for an appointment, Your veterinarian can help get rid of these pesky little creatures.

    Teeth & Toenails - Dogs, like people occasionally need their teeth cleaned. They also need their toenails clipped regularly. Talk to your veterinarian - he should be more than willing to show you how to clip your dog's toenails and clean his teeth. See a vet or groomer if you are unwilling or unable to do this on a regular basis. It is very important for your dog's health that this be done.

    Spay/Neuter - Unless you are getting a purebred dog and want to breed to improve your stock, we recommend you have your pet spayed/neutered at the earilest possible age. Most Animal Services Departments offer SPAY clinics to help reduce the cost. You will find their phone number listed in your iocal telephone directory. Or, check with your veterinarian.

    General - Dogs occasionally get coughs, colds, bronchitis, pneumonia annd skin aiiments. Your veterinarian has antibiotics and other remedies to help your dog or puppy recover. Contact him as soon as possible if any symptoms occur. Examine your dog's eyes, ears, teeth and claws daily. If you see or hear anything that is not nornal, such as a discharge ftom the eyes or ears, bad smelling breath or ears, irritated gums in his mouth, coughing, or trying to ciear his throat, call your veterinarian for advice immediately


    With the proper inoculations (a series of puppy shots and boosters for adults), your dog will be almost completely protected against disease. The DHL (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis), Parainfluenza and Parovirus series of shots usually begin at 6-8 weeks of age. Federal regulations require rabies shots to be given at 4 months of age with a booster at one year of age and every third year after that. (Some states require annnal boosters). Your puppy's best protection against tbese diseases is early immunization. The following diseases are all highiy contagious and shots are strongly recommended.

    Distemper - Infects lungs, intestines, and nervous system. Dog will lose appetite, get depressed, seem chilled with a fever, goes mto paralysis and convulsions.

    Hepatitis - Viral disease. Dog will be drowsy, vomit, seem very thirsty, lose appetite, and run a high fever. May have swelling of head, neck and abdomen. Strikes quickly and death may occur in just a few hours.

    Leptospirosis - Infects kidneys. Symptoms are diarrhea and a yellowish brown discoloration of the jaws, tongue and teeth. This disease can be cured if caught in time.

    Parainfluenza - Symptoms similar to bronchitis in people. Often called Kennel Cough. Signs are harsh, dry cough; loss of appetite; runny nose and/or eyes; and listlessness. If not treated, permanent damage, and even death, may occur.

    Parvovirus - Gastrointestinal virus. Strikes quickly and, if not caught early, death occurs within a few days. This is most common in puppies. First indication is usually loss of appetite, followed by vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration annd listlessness.

    Rabies - Acute disease of dog's central nervous system. Generally dog goes through period of depression, then irritation and finally paralysis. The dog will appear cross and will change his position often. He will lose his appetite and begin to lick, bite and swallow foreign objects. Within 4 to 8 days after the onset of paralysis, the dog will die. Even if your pet should be bitten by a rabid animal, he probably can be saved if you get him to a veterinarian in time. However, no cure is possible after the symptoms have appeared. Remember that early immunization and boosters are almost certain protection agalnst rabies. If you suspect your dog has died from rabies, notify your local Animal Services Department immediately.


    In general, a dog will heal his wounds by licking them but it will probably make you feel hetter to help him if he is hurt. Treat his minor wounds as you would your own. Wash out the dirt and apply an antiseptic. If you are afraid your dog has swallowed poison, been bitten or stung by an insect, or bitten by a snake, call your veterinarian immediately. Amateur diagnosis is dangerous because the symptoms of so many dog diseases are similar. Too many people wait too long to take their dog to the veterinarian. Always be prepared for emergencies. Ask your veterinarian about how to handle the following:
    *** Allergies***Stopping Blood Loss***
    ***Burns***Electric Shock***
    ***Fracture***Heat Stroke***
    ***Swallowed Objects***Drowning***
    ***Moving an Injured Dog***
    ***Giving CPR***Poisoning***

    Shot Clinics: Most Animal Services Departments provide Shot Clinics periodically as a public service to help reduce costs. Call them or watch for them in your local newspapers.

    Training: If you would like to train your puppy of dog formally, expand on the training you have already started, or just want a well-mannered pet, take him to a local Obedience Training Class. There are many such classes available in most areas. Phone numbers for these classes can be obtained by checking your local newspapers and telephone book or by calling your Animal Services or Parks & Recreation Departments.

    Behavior Problems: (barking, chewing, aggression, biting, housebreaking, etc.) Try a local Obedience Training class. Not only will you learn how to control your dog, you will meet others with similar problems.

    Literature: There are many good books on every phase of dog training and ownership. These are available at most book stores as well as local libraries.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 19 May 2008 )

  2. ugobananas

    ugobananas Big Dog

    this is great - thanks *bookmarks*
  3. rabbit256

    rabbit256 Puppy

    new mommy

    hi my pit is 8 days old how will i know hes gaining weight im bottle feeding him how will i know that he is healthy before i take him to the vet
  4. Iluvmylilone

    Iluvmylilone Puppy

    my lil one has parvo can u help
  5. kiaransimba

    kiaransimba Good Dog

    Post your question in the health section you would get more reponses to it :)
  6. spliff

    spliff Little Dog

    the key to a puppy surviving parvo is hydration.water ,gatorade,pedialyte around the clock don't try to make her eat just lots of liquids.pick up one of those baby medicine injectors. your best bet would be to get her to a good vet as soon as possible.good luck
  7. mylilraven

    mylilraven Puppy

    what is a 4 in 1 booster

    ok so were suppost to take our baby pit to get a 4 in 1 booster. i was just wondering if it is the same thing as the 4 in 1 just given an extra time. or is it a totaly different vaccine. so if anyone could please help. im just a big worrier. thanks:eek:
  8. sabrina&mike

    sabrina&mike Puppy

    strong snd healthy

    Does anyone have any suggestions on what to feed my 4 month old pit. She currently eats puppy chow and every once in awhile I will mix homemade beef gravy. Not a lot but enough for her to taste it. My husband wants her to be built big. He heard that Bil Jacks is good to help their muscles. Is that true? If not what would be good?
  9. bevo koo

    bevo koo Puppy

    I got my APBT Bevo in late November. The workers at PetsMart convinced us that Bil Jac is GREAT. We bought it and kept feeding Bevo that. Unfortunately, he kept having the runs and we now have a full bag of Bil Jac sitting in our kitchen. We'd like to give it to someone instead of throwing it away, but I wouldn't want to cause any problems to the other owner. I've heard mixed stories about Bil Jac - both bad and good. We did some research and decided on Nature's Recipe. It's worked wonders for Bevo - he has a very sensitive stomach. hope this helps!!
  10. Mollie's Nana

    Mollie's Nana Krypto Super Dog Staff Member

    Here's a good thread on quality kibble. Personally, I like either Blue Buffalo, Wellness, or Taste of the Wild. Purina Puppy Chow is a really bad quality kibble, you'd do much better with Blue Buffalo, which you can get at PetsMart, and PetCo has Wellness, which is a grain free kibble. As far as adding muscle to a 4 month old puppy... I'd advise to not worry about that right now, as she's a puppy and won't be gaining any muscle until she's older. Just feed her a quality kibble, keep her vet check ups, and let her be a puppy. :)

    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 2, 2009
  11. aueagle34

    aueagle34 Puppy

    Is it a bad idea to start my pup on vitamins?
  12. Mollie's Nana

    Mollie's Nana Krypto Super Dog Staff Member

    I would check with the vet first. However, if you are feeding a good quality kibble, it should have what your pup needs. I do supplement Bella's kibble with "The Missing Link", which you can get at PetCo or PetsMart, and it's really good, and has added shine to Bella's coat. If I were going to do anything, I would supplement that in with the kibble. You can also add Salmon Oil if your dogs skin is dry. :)
  13. aueagle34

    aueagle34 Puppy

    Thank you very much for all the great info, just makin sure but this is all ok with an 8 week old right? one last thing lol what is the best exercise my pup can do right now to help promote muscle growth?
  14. syd vasquez

    syd vasquez Puppy

    Puppy Vitamis

    I would suggest that you feed your puppy - K9 PUPPY GOLD and you will no longer need Vitamins supplementations. It's complete then after 6 months K9 SUPER FUEL plus of course Regular Excercise.
  15. chochiss

    chochiss Puppy

    wha[SIZE=-1]t's [/SIZE][SIZE=-1] the ideal weigh[/SIZE][SIZE=-1]t for a 13week old female pup? she's only barely 11 pounds now. feeling worried

    AEKERMAN Puppy

    Its really useful post friend.We all must say thank you to you and hope that you will add useful information in our knowledge again specially for the person like me.
  17. lindsayawebb

    lindsayawebb Puppy

    Hello to everyone! I am new here. I have a 7month puppy that is 43 pounds. He seems to get bored easily. My boyfriend and I are very active people. We take him to the dog park almost once a day, take him on numerous walks and he plays with his sister (a lab/husky mix) 24/7!

    Any ideas on how to make his routine more challenging?
  18. Armani

    Armani Banned

    I think it was the best ever post on the topic that I ever could find.
    Just need a little bit elaboration of some point.
    The puppy health care is big time challenging task. I'm it will help guys
    to manage.
    I appreciate and thanks.
  19. donnamperry

    donnamperry Puppy

    Hello I am in an area where there isn't a petco or pet mart nearby. I also don't make the type of money where I can afford on a daily basis the very fancy dog food. Heck I can't afford it for regular people. My local Aldai's is my people food place! That being said, I can go to my regular grocer's and get puppy food. What is the best (of what you guys probably consider the worst) puppy food that I can get at my local grocer without exceeding an avg person's budget?
  20. Tanktastic

    Tanktastic Big Dog

    Do you have the ability to order online? Is there a tractor supply company near you (they carry many brands of dog food)? What is your price range (per month) for dog food?

    I also wanted to add that if you feed a low quality kibble you could end up paying more in vet bills over the corse of your dogs life.
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 16, 2012

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