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HEALTH QUESTIONS AND ANSWERSOur health section explores the most common questions regarding Pit Bull Health. Every question I answer is directly from my mailbox. I have selected the best and most informative health questions and have included them for your review. I have organized each question into categories.
Our health section covers a variety of issues that are common among any breed of dog. Most dog owners are not qualified to diagnose and treat many common health issues that a professional kennel deals with on a regular basis. You will find solutions to many of these concerns.
I implore you to consult with your Vet before implementing any opinion on heatlh I may share on Mr Pitbull. There is no substitute for hands on professional veterinary care.
ALL INFORMATION BASED ON MY EXPERIENCEThe information I supply is based on years of my personal experience of caring for the health issues of my dogs, and loving dozen of my Pitbull friends. The many tips and information I provide, involve my experience with Pit Bulls, although the information should translate over to many other dog breeds as well. The questions I answer are from real emails and represent the most commonly asked and requested information on health issues related to dogs.
KEEPING MY DOG HEALTHY IS MY BIGGEST CHALANGETaking care of the health of my dogs is my biggest challenge as a kennel owner. For whatever reason dogs are susceptible to a variety of very serious health concerns. Much more so than people. Things like Parvo, Heart-worm, Rabies, Distemper and even Hepatitis are serious health concerns for every dog.
Although I personally do not know of anyone who's dog has contracted Rabies, I can just about guarantee you that if your dog is not properly vaccinated that sooner or later, your dog is going to contract the Parvo virus, which kills half of all dogs that catch it. As a dog owner you have to be pro-active when it comes to the health of your dog.
As a dog owner and lover, you have the responsibility to see to his health needs before they become a problem. If you don't take care of these health issues, promptly and systematically, you don't deserve to own a dog.
WE WILL TRY TO SAVE YOU MONEY - YET SOMETIMES A TRIP TO THE VET IS REQUIREDIn our health section you will learn how to take care of common issues for a fraction of what most people end up paying. I'll tell you what to buy, and where to get it cheaply. Our goal is to save you money, while taking good care of your dog. Yet sometimes a trip to the Veterinarian is unavoidable. I get emails on occasion from people who's pet is suffering from serious illnesses. Often times, the poor dog has been suffering for many months, and for one reason or another, the problem is ignored. Finally, instead of taking the dog to the Vet, they email me and hope that I have some miracle cure that I can share with them. Sadly, I am afraid that many of these dogs end up being put down, simply because they waited too long to address the concern. VITAMINS THAT WILL KEEP YOUR DOG HEALTHY
DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOUR DOGI received an email from someone who's dog had a number of golf ball size growths on her body. They flat out said that they were embarrassed to take the dog to the vet. This told me that, the problem had to be bad and that it must have been evident that the dog had been suffering for quite some time. Additionally, I imagine that there had to be other signs of obvious neglect. It breaks your heart to hear of a poor dog suffering and not being taken care of. On occasion, someone will send me pictures of their dog, and I can easily see what the condition is. Somethings are obvious, you see them all the time. I may be inclined to say what I think it is, yet in most instances I advise they have it looked at professionally. It simply isn't worth taking a chance on your dog's wellbeing just to save a few dollars. GOOD HEALTH STARTS WITH GOOD FOOD
INFORMATION CAN BE BOTH BENEFICIAL AND DANGEROUSIf you have ever had the experience of going to a doctor and having been misdiagnosed, you are not alone. Some people have been going to countless doctors for years and have found no relief. Of course the same can be true when seeking treatment for a pet. In fact perhaps even more so with our pet. With the advent of the INTERNET, we can research just about any health issue and learn more in some cases on an issue, than perhaps even our vet may know. Yet it would not be wise to think that there is no need to visit the vet. In most cases when our pet experiences difficulties, it is our first time seeing the issue. And in many cases, it is something the vet has seen dozens if not hundreds of times. So, if we have gained some knowledge (as you will on this site), use it to compliment the advice from your vet. HOW TO WORM YOUR DOG AND SAVE MONEY
BE AN EDUCATED PET OWNERWhen researching on the INTERNET, you will find more and more sources of information than ever before. There are many sites that simply copy and paste content from one source or another on to their pages. Often times these sites are run by people who have zero to no experience with what they are relating. All of the information on this site is from my experience of running a kennel full of dogs and taking care of their needs. I have learned a lot in doing so, and enjoy sharing what I have learned with you. I hope you and your dog will benefit. HOW TO TREAT AND STOP DIARRHEA
I TAKE MY DOGS IN TO THE VETAs you read our health pages, you will note that with just about every issue we discuss, I tell the story of how we dealt with it. Almost always, the story being told has a visit or two, to the vet included. Running a kennel, and having seen about everything, of course, I am going to be able to handle somethings that you can't or shouldn't. Still, I would never think that I could handle any and all things. Just about the time you think that, you are met with a challenge that will humble you. HOW TO CURE YOUR DOGS ANXIETY
WHAT IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD A VISIT TO THE VETERINARIANIf you can't afford to take your dog to the vet; it is time to seek assistance. There are numerous agencies that can help you get the care needed. A simple Google search of "help with vet bills" turns up over a dozen such organizations that can provide assistance. Personally, I would advise calling your County Animal Shelter and seeing what programs they offer. Often times they can be very helpful. If they can't help you, there are a number of organizations in most communities that have a lot of resources and are able to provide an amazing amount of assistance. Most of these organizations are staffed with volunteers who have a passion for animals and are very dedicated to helping. So if the County employee seems unconcerned, ask for the phone numbers of local volunteers who can help. They will generally have a list of people and places to call. RAW MEAT DIET FOR YOUR DOG
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