Caring for Your Dog

We at Noble Veterinary Clinic understand how important it is to avoid problems before they take hold. Below, we’ve covered some basic medical information that is important to be aware of throughout your pet’s life.

Puppies


Your pup is going to need a lot of attention to get that head start it deserves. Routine examinations are necessary, so the vet can check your puppy’s ears, eyes, heart, lung, teeth, abdomen, joints and bones. On top of that, internal and external parasite examinations will be carried through, as well as vaccinations. The best products for deworming your puppy and keeping it free of parasites will be recommended to you by our team.




Rabies


Rabies is one of the oldest, most dangerous, infectious diseases. Affecting the central nervous system of almost all warm-blooded animals, this viral disease is always fatal and can also be transmitted to humans. For these reasons, a vaccination for rabies is required by law.




Distemper


Affecting dogs of any age, this airborne virus comes with a high mortality rate, particularly if contracted by a puppy. Symptoms range from fever, nasal discharge and coughing to poor appetite, diarrhea and seizures. Distemper survivors may be afflicted with chronic and debilitating issues with their nervous system, and if afflicted as a puppy - damage to their enamel.




Infectious Hepatitis


Spread by coming into contact with infected urine, saliva and stool, Infectious Hepatitis can attack the liver, causing major inflammation.




Leptospirosis


This disease comes in several groups and can cause severe disease in the kidney, liver or reproductive system. The bacteria is transmitted by wildlife urinating in water sources, with dogs becoming infected by consuming, swimming in or walking through contaminated water. Leptospirosis can also be transmitted directly through dog-to-dog contact. Infected urine, semen, fetuses or afterbirths of dogs can spread the bacteria, as well as rodent urine or the consumption of contaminated vegetation. Leptospirosis can also be passed on to humans.




Parovirus


Affecting mainly the digestive system, Parvovirus is spread through contact with the faeces of an infected animal. Puppies borne of unvaccinated mothers are at particularly high risk. Symptoms range from vomiting to bloody diarrhea and fever. Parvovirus is highly contagious and will spread rapidly from one dog to another, carrying life-threatening consequences for puppies. This disease can be entirely avoided by vaccination.




Parainfluenza


Parainfluenza, also known as ‘kennel cough’ affects the respiratory tract and encourages a distinctive coughing sound. For dogs that are expected to be placed in kennels over any period of time, it’s important to vaccinate him or her against Parainfluenza.




Adult Dogs


For adult dogs, it’s recommended that they receive vaccinations against distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus once a year after their first booster. A full health check is highly recommended every 12 months in order to identify and combat any potential health issues before they become serious.




Elderly Dogs


In their later years, your dog may face a variety of conditions and diseases, ranging from osteoarthritis, kidney, heart and liver disease, to tumors and cancers. Making sure you closely monitor the health of your elderly dog is crucial to ensuring that your pet lives a happy, healthy life. Your dog will require regular vaccinations, blood tests and examinations to identify and deal with any problems that may arise in their old age.





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