Dog Health Care: What You Should Know - English Bull Terrier Club - Articles
By Joel Walsh
Dog health care means more than a yearly trip to the vet. Now more than ever, a dog's health problems can be prevented, cured, or alleviated, just like many human woes.
Preventative Dog Health Care
• Annual checkups with routine blood test and dental care go far in catching serious dog health care problems early, increasing the dog’s duration and quality of life.
• Medicines targeting fleas, ticks, heartworm, and intestinal parasites prevent both the pests and the diseases they cause.
Diagnosis of Canine Health Problems
Dog health care benefits by interested owners conscientiously bringing their dogs for yearly checkups:
• New and better blood, lab, and x-ray procedures aid the veterinarian in gaining valuable knowledge of what is happening to your dog.
• New and improved equipment like MRI machines speed up diagnosis as well.
Not only do these factors enable more effective care, but they also save you money in the long run because your pet won’t need repeated vet visits to find his problem.
Dog Health Treatment Advances
Veterinarians now do amazing things for our dogs. Here are a few of the most impressive advances in veterinary treatment for dogs:
• Chemotherapy to treat cancer in dogs
• Pacemakers for dog heart problems
• Drugs that cure or control dog diseases like diabetes or epilepsy
Veterinarians today generally have at least 8 years of education added to their deep love of animals. They combine the skills of a surgeon, anesthesiologist, radiologist, dietitian and much more.
Veterinary hospitals or clinics are well-staffed and well-equipped medical centers where all breeds of dogs, as well as other animals, are treated, often in one day, for an enormous variety of conditions.
Clearly, dog health care is better today that ever before. Your dog’s veterinarian is his health advocate and your ally. Next time you visit your veterinarian, ask about new advances that might help your dog live better.