Our canine friends can get overworked and can appear grumpy and uncooperative at times. It’s important to keep them healthy and happy by ensuring they have regular exercise, eating plenty of nutritious pet foods, and getting enough sleep and playtime. But sometimes, like humans, they can overstep their bounds and suffer from health problems such as skin and dog joint problems. If your dog shows signs of discomfort or pain, it’s important that you take them to the vet right away. Here are a few things to consider when treating dog joint problems.
Dog Shampoo – Deals with dog skin and dog joint pain can be tough because of the variety of products on the market. There are many different dog shampoos to choose from and all claim to be completely natural, organic, or herbal. The kind of dog shampoo you choose will depend on your dog’s needs. For example, if your dog is demodectic (have excessive skin mites), medicated essential shampoo may not be the best option.
The Demodectic Mange – This is an infection of the skin and hair that occurs due to an infection by Demodex mites. When your dog has this type of infection, he will start scratching himself so excessively that his skin ulcers will develop. At this point, your dog will most likely rub his body up against you or any other person, trying to push the mites from his fur. As a result, your dog’s skin will become very itchy.
Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth Regularly – If your dog starts to have behavior problems, one of the first things you should do is to brush his teeth regularly. It’s important for a dog’s teeth to be brushed as often as humans do. This helps prevent tartar, which can be extremely hard and unappealing. You will also want to make sure that you are brushing your canine’s gums regularly as well.
Get Your Dog Some Nail Trimming – A lot of dogs don’t like having their nails trimmed. In fact, your dog may become quite distressed by having his nail scraped. If your pet doesn’t like having his nails trimmed, you should consult with a veterinarian and see if they can recommend a pet nail groomer in your area.
Keep The Fur Clipped – When you first get your dog, you should probably comb his fur. Doing this on a regular basis will help to keep his coat in great shape and will remove dead skin cells. This in turn makes it much easier for you to brush your teeth and have your nails trimmed. When you have a dog that sheds a lot, getting him a trim every three or four months is advisable.
Treats For Herpes And Other Maladies – Many dogs can be infected with many different types of diseases and conditions. Therefore, it’s very important for you to know the signs of these ailments so you can be aware of when your dog is ill. There are some medications and treatments that are only available through your veterinarian. If you suspect that your pet is suffering from a disease or condition, you should contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. Unfortunately, many dogs die in our country each year because they were not identified or were not treated in time. This is a very sad thing to think about, but keep in mind that your dog could very easily be saved if you took him to the vet right away.
Ear Cleaning – This may sound funny, but ear cleaning is very important for the health of your dog. Dirty ears can harbor a lot of bacteria and can actually lead to mange. Once you notice any signs of ear mites, you should take your pet to the vet. An ear wash will help to remove any buildup of debris in the ear and will also make your pet feel better. The sooner you treat your pet the better, so always keep an ear wash on hand at all times.