If you have a new puppy or are thinking of getting a puppy you need to be aware of the biggest health risks to your new pup.
Parvovirus is deadly, if infected with parvo and left untreated most puppies will die. The common symptoms are smelly, black, diarrhea, vomiting, and lethargy.
Parvo is preventable with vaccinations, as well your puppy should not be taken for walks until it is fully vaccinated.
Puppies can be born with worms so good breeders deworm their pups at 2 weeks of age, and later as they grow up. Unless you have proof your pup was wormed you should talk to a veterinarian about his on your pups first vet visit.
If your pup has worms it will need to eat more food.
Fleas can be annoying, they can spread tapeworm, and large numbers can make your pup anemic. The safest way to remove fleas from a puppy is with a flea comb, some over-the-counter flea medications have been linked to killing pups.
This is a disease that most pups are vaccinated for at 6 weeks of age. It is a highly fatal airborne viral disease. Symptoms of distemper are similar to having a cold.
Puppies explore the world with their mouth. They can sometimes swallow things that are dangerous.
Inexperienced dog owners might feed their puppy something that is bad, or even toxic, for it.
If you suspect your pup swallowed a toy, or age something it should not have, please call your veterinarian immediately.
Good puppy health starts by feeding it a good food and having it checked by a veterinarian if it appears ill, as well as preventing illness through vaccination.
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