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Courtney Krebs

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Most Common Preventable
Dog Diseases Top Five Diseases 1.Heart Worms 2.Kennel Cough 3.Canine Distemper 4.Lyme Disease 5.Rabies Heart Worms Mosquitoes are the cause of Heart Worms. Mosquitoes get the parasite if they take the blood of a dog who already has the infection. If they bite a different dog while they still have the disease that dog will then get the Heart Worm. The worm will live in the heart or lungs. More About Heart Worms When the dog is infected you will not easily see the symptoms until the parasite grows bigger or gets worse. These little worms can badly damage a dogs heart and lungs. The symptoms include fainting, loss of energy, weight loss and congestive heart failure (CHF). Congestive heart failure is when your heart cannot pump enough blood for your bodies needs. Kennel Cough Kennel Cough is one of the most contagious diseases in dogs. It is caused by either bacterial or viral infections. Bacteria is not always bad. Actually only 1% of bacterial infections are bad. Viruses are not like this. The majority of viruses are very bad. Bacteria is easy to get rid of and does not usually do much to you. Viruses are very hard to get rid of and almost always damage cells in a dogs body. Kennel Cough is a respiratory infection. The most common symptoms of this disease are a hacking cough and sometimes vomiting. If left untreated this cough can lead to death. Since this disease can spread from dog to dog, most boarding places and kennels require vaccinations to stop the spread of Kennel Cough. Lungs and Esophagus Canine Distemper Similar to the measles, Canine Distemper is very contagious. Puppies are most common to have Canine Distemper. This disease can travel through urine and nasal secretions. A nasal secretion is the same thing as a liquid discharge from the nose. The death rate or mortality rate is very high for Canine Distemper. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for Canine Distemper. To prevent the disease before it happens there are vaccinations too. Some noticeable symptoms that are caused by Kennel Cough are a runny nose, vomiting and loss of appetite. Another symptom is brain damage. It does not always occur but if it does, it is likely for it to lead to death. How to Prevent Kennel Cough The first part to preventing Kennel Cough is having a monthly check up from your veterinarian to make sure that your dog has not caught the disease yet. Most dogs get the disease from other dogs. The best way to prevent it is to give your dog shots every year. The second best way to prevent this spread is by not exposing your dog to other dogs or cats. Primarily stray dogs and cats carry Kennel Cough because they most likely haven't been taken care of or watched after. Kennels are also a place that diseases such as Kennel Cough spread. That's why it's called Kennel Cough! Preventing Heart Worms Lyme Disease Lyme Disease is a disease that both dogs and people can get. It is a bacterial infection that is carried by ticks. It is caused by a corkscrew shaped bacteria called Borrelia Burgdorferi. Sometimes it is also called spirochete. The symptoms include, loss of appetite, enlargement of lymph nodes and lethargy. This disease it not fatal, but isn't easy for your dog to go through it. Lymph Nodes: Definitions Lethargy: Being very slow or tired A tiny dot in your immune system that helps infections grow or it slows your immune systems down Rabies is a disease that only can be spread by other animals. If one that is already infected bites, then the dog bitten will become infected as well. Foxes, raccoons, skunks and bats are likely to carry Rabies. Some symptoms caused by Rabies are high fever, change in tone of bark, seizures, unable to swallow, dropped jaw and aggression. Once the dog is contracted - or once it's infected - the disease will most likely lead to death. Thank You for Listening to Most Common Preventable
Dog Diseases How to Prevent Canine Distemper If you do not treat this parasite soon, it can be fatal. If mosquitoes are starting to bite you, then their probably biting your dog. This a way you can tell if it is around the time that Heart Worms are spreading. There is medications for Heart Worms with very few side affects. If your dog is six months or older and not taking Heart Worm medications, then they may be already be infected with reproducing adult Heart Worms. Do not start giving your dog these medications until you have checked with your veterinarian about if your dog already has Heart Worms. If you give your dog prevention medicine when your dog already has the disease, it will most likely be fatal . The best way and almost the only way to prevent Canine Distemper is to give your dog medications or vaccinations. You need to give your dog a monthly dose of medications to keep your dog from having the big possibility of getting Canine Distemper like other dogs do that don't take medications. Some dogs can get the disease and then recover after a vaccination. Dogs that get the disease and live through are sure to never get it again. Borrelia Burgdorferi Rabies
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