April 20, 2006

Dogs – Understanding Their Needs

What a Dog REALLY Needs

Loyal, friendly, protective, affectionate, fun. Those qualitieshave earned dogs a special place in the lives and hearts ofhumans. Most dogs now are owned as pets mainly because they areTHE ideal pets. A dog will always try to keep you pleased andsmiling. It will never hold grudges against you, and will neverjudge you for your looks or mistakes. It isn’t called man’s bestfriend for nothing.

Dogs have a basic need for shelter, good nutrition, exercise andcompanionship. A dog will rely on its owner for all of theseneeds, in addition to training and protection. These are allbasic needs, but a dog also needs veterinary care.

If a person has a dog for a pet, it is a good idea to ensurethat it is seen by a vet regularly. Dogs are prone to a widearray of illnesses and diseases and it is best that he getsvaccinated against these diseases. Some of the most fataldiseases that a dog can contract are listed below along with theproper vaccination to prevent them:

1. Canine Adenovirus – or Infectious Canine Hepatitis (ICH). ICHis an extremely contagious disease that is only dogs transmittedto other canine animals. This disease is transmitted in urineand eye or nasal secretions of animals with this disease andaffects the liver, kidneys and lining of the blood vessels. Dogsof all ages are prone to acquire this disease, although puppiesand younger dogs are at a higher risk.

2. Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) – It is transmitted throughcontact with infected dogs and affects the gastrointestinal,respiratory and central nervous systems. This disease is oftenfatal to puppies and adult dogs.

3. Para Influenza – Also known as tracheobronchitis, it is acontagious infection of dogs seriously affecting young puppies’upper respiratory system. Its symptoms are gagging and coughing.Dogs in stressful and crowded conditions are at the highest riskfor this disease.

4. Parvovirus – This is an extremely contagious viral diseasethat affects white blood cells, the intestines, and heart. It ischaracterized by vomiting, severe diarrhea and fever. It isoften fatal in puppies. At the highest risk for this disease aredogs in crowded places such as dog shows and kennels.

5. Rabies – Rabies can affect all warm-blooded animals that areunvaccinated against the disease, including humans. It affectsthe brain and is always deadly. Pets get exposed to rabies fromthe bites of wild animals which include bats, raccoons, foxesand skunks.

The bottom line is to keep a dog disease-free. Have itvaccinated. After all, what a dog really needs is. . .goodhealth!

About the author:

Jay is the web owner of http://www.dog-training-tips.org Dog Training Tips , awebsite that provides information and resources on dog training,puppy training, and more. You can also visit his website at:http://www.petmall.us PetMall for pet supplies.

Jay Bauder

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