Friday, May 6, 2011

What Killer Diseases Can Kill Your Dogs

By: Ed Gonzalez

Dogs are considered to be man's best friend and we should how to keep our dogs in good healthy conditions. Owners must be able to constantly keep track of their dog's condition. They must make sure that they get their regular vaccines now and then. Pet Dogs are special because they are loving and kind. There are many things that owners can do to prevent these killer diseases from affecting dogs.

These are the most common deadly diseases that can kill your dog:

CANINE DISTEMPER: This is a DANGEROUS disease and can be fatal once your dog has it. This disease is contagious and any dog can catch this disease once it gets near to any secretion of a dog that has been infected with this disease. This commonly affects puppies and young dogs that have had no vaccinations.. Puppies that have been contaminated with this disease only have a survival rate of 20% as compared to 50% of adult dogs. During the first stages of this disease dogs will exhibit symptoms like coughing, no appetite, pneumonia, a densed discharge from their eyes and their noses. The virus moves so quick and sooner or later you'll see your dogs vomiting. having diarrhea, calluses appearing in their paw pads and noses. The last symptoms will appear after two to three weeks and your dogs will suffer from leg twitching,muscle tremors, seizures and jaw snapping. During this time the infection has caused tremendous destruction of their body's nervous system. At this point all your vets can do is to prevent the situation from getting worse..It is is important for owners to make sure that their dogs get the proper vaccination.

RABIES: This is one disease that owners must be concerned and alarmed. Once your dog is affected by this DEADLY disease, it's almost sure that they will die. If any person gets bitten by a dog that has the rabies virus, he or she can be in serious trouble. This kind of virus attacks the central nervous system . During the first three days when this dog has this killer virus, it may only show behavioral concerns. After that the dog will become violent and it will behave in an abnormal way. Later on, the dog will get paralyzed and die..The dog can show signs of weakness and loses it's coordinating functions. After that death happens. The moment a person is bitten, he must seek medical attention and get the right vaccination. It is important for your pet dogs to get the rabies vaccination. Even if your dog has been vaccinated and a suspected dog bites your pet dog, bring it to a vet.

LEFTTOSPIROSIS: Dogs like to chase rats and rodents but they are the usual carriers of this disease. It is carried over through ingestion of urine that has been infected. Dogs that spend more time outdoors are susceptible to this kind of DANGEROUS disease. It will appear in three ways: hemorrhagic which will cause your dog to bleed, their kidneys will be infected with jaundice that will destroy the dog's liver. The dog will show signs of no appetite at all, fever, weakness, vomiting, muscle pain and being stiff. The dog can be healed if this disease is detected at an early stage. Owners must take notice that this disease can be carried over to them. It is just right to maintain proper hygiene if their dogs have been afflicted with this disease. Always have a clean environment, the right hygiene and the proper vaccinations so that your dogs will not have this kind of disease.

HEART WORM DISEASE: Most people think that worms just live in the digestive system but this type of KILLER disease is rather different. Mosquitoes are the natural carriers of this dreaded disease. They transmit the larvae of an infected dog to another dog. When the the mosquito bites, the larvae will go in to the system of the dog and the travails begin. Adult worms can reach as much as 12 inches. They commonly attack the heart of your dog but they can also infect other parts. When the heart is infected it can be rather SEVERE. This disease can cause heart failure and later death. If it is discovered at an early stage, the dog can be cured.. Treating this disease is quite difficult because it can take weeks before the dog can be declared safe and free from this horrible ailment. There are a lot of oral medicines that your vets will know about and they are available in vet clinics. You must always ask your vet how to use this oral medicine rightfully.

INFECTUOUS CANINE HEPATITIS: This disease attacks the liver but it affects other body parts like the eyes and kidneys. This DREADFUL disease is caused by the canine adenovirus type 1. The common victims are puppies and young dogs that have not been vaccinated. Adult dogs can also be contaminated. This disease is transferred by direct contact with infected feces, saliva, urine blood and nasal discharge.. Some symptoms are fever, no appetite, weakness, coughing, tender abdomen and corneas that are murky or bluish. When this disease gets to the liver, vomiting and jaundice can happen. The dog will experience bleeding. Unfortunately, this disease can cause sudden death. The dog can survive if this disease is discovered early but proper care must be given immediately. There is no cure for this kind of disease but these dogs must be given supportive care because it can cause a lot of complications notably to the liver. Vaccination is the only way to prevent this disease.

PARVOVIRUS: This is a FATAL disease that can end your dog's life in a matter of days only. If puppies are infected with this disease, they will have a 50% survival rate as com pared to adult dogs who will have a 70% survival rate..If these dogs are treated immediately, they have a better chance to survive. Puppies that are not vaccinated are the usual victims. The symptoms of this ailment are : weakness, vomiting, no appetite at all, bloody diarrhea with a bad smelling odor and fever. Treatment is only supportive because there is no cure for this kind of disease. The infected dog can get dehydrated and that is why it is important to bring the dog to the vet right away. If the dog survives for at least three days after it's initial treatment, there's big chance that the dog will survive as long as it is given the rightful care it deserves. This disease can be transferred to other dogs by smelling the feces of a dog that has been infected. If one of your dogs are infected with this disease, owners must thoroughly clean the area. Dogs must be properly vaccinated so as to prevent them from acquiring this type of disease.


Amber DaWeenie said...

Very good information...Thank You

tweedles said...

So many bad things can get the dogs.... its just sad.
this post is so informative

Priscilla said...

Thanks for the info, it's great!

Jan said...

Good research. I'm wondering how often older dogs need to have boosters. Some of the vaccines should be lifetime as human vaccines are.

Becky's Barnyard said...

Yes, we have to stay on guard and keep our pets vaccinated. Hope everyone had a great weekend and a happy Mothers Day.

♥MONA + MOMMY TOO♥ said...

Thanks so much for the refresher coure. People should treat their doggies with respect and take csre of them they way they should. To sad thst so many people don't take care for us the way they should.

xxooxx & {huggies}....Mona & Weenie

Deborah said...

Yikes! Lucky for my dogs I take them to the vet for all their checkups and shots! This was great information.

Amber-Mae said...

Thanks for all this information. Very informative post indeed.

Remington said...

Great information! Thank you for posting this!

BeadedTail said...

Very good information that is important to remember! Thanks!

Serendipity said...

Very informative. Thanks for sharing.

An English Shepherd said...

Great info, cheers :-)

dogsmom said...

For a long time (several years) the Lepto vaccine was not keeping up with new strains of the virus. Fortunately science was able to develop a better vaccine. I am glad that many vaccinations are now viable for longer periods of time, the downside is that people make fewer visits to a vet to catch other ailments with their dog.

sophie...^5 said...

We are always in need of a reminder about the ugly side so we can appreciate the beautiful side of the doggy world!!

Benny and Lily said...

great info
Benny & Lily

euthymic said...

Thank you for all your comments and I hope that this info will allhelp you. If your dog shows unsual behavior he or she might be sick.

Jan - Bossters must be given every year, no matter how old the dogs are. It's also best for you to ask your vet.

Shawna Thompson said...

Thanks for sharing such useful information. Many ailments and genetic conditions that used to mean certain death for a beloved family pet are now easily manageable. The pet health care is very much important so take are of pets with great love.