Q: What are the signs of Parvo?
A: The signs of parvovirus are not specific but be on the lookout for lethargy and loss of appetite, progressing within a couple of days to vomiting, diarrhea (often profuse and bloody), along with a high fever. Veterinarians usually administer Parvo vaccines to puppies in a series of 3 injections typically beginning at 6 to 8 weeks of age. The boosters are usually given every 3 to 4 weeks. There is no infallible Parvo preventive but there are recommended precautions (especially important for puppies) that will decrease your dog's chances of contracting Parvo: Have your dog vaccinated on a regularly scheduled basis, keep him or her away from dogs with unknown current vaccinations, prevent your dog from coming in contact with feces and good hygiene at home.
Q: What is the treatment for Heartworm?
A: Heartworm disease is contracted from mosquitos. It is a very intense treatment for a dog to go through. The most recent and common treatment includes one week in-hospital treatment period and an overnight treatment a month after, followed by weekly re-checks for at least 4 weeks to make sure the dog is checking out clear of heartworms and the microfilaria (baby heartworms.) However, many veterinarians have a few different and preferred treatments. Stage 4 is considered the most severe as stage 1 is the least. When the stage is diagnosed, the age and general health of the dog is considered. If your dog is considered young and healthy enough to withstand the treatment process, the results will be successful.
Q: My puppy won't eat dog food, what to do?
A: Stick to a decent brand of puppy food and water. Feed her thrice a day by putting her food down and leading her to it. If 15 minutes have passed and she still hasn’t eaten, remove it and don’t feed her anything until her next scheduled feeding. This will send a message that "If I don't eat this and eat it now, I'm not going to eat at all!" It may take a few days but don't give in and give her what she wants or change the dog food thinking she's going to starve. Chances are she won't. If we keep changing their food there will be tendency that they increasingly become finicky eaters. Stay firm, she will eat the puppy food when she gets hungry enough.
Q: How can we rid our dog of fleas?
A: If humans in the household are getting bit by fleas, there is definitely a flea infestation. There are products available to treat and protect against fleas and ticks. The most recommended topical application products would be either Frontline Plus or Advantage. Frontline Revolution works as well and is also used as a Heartworm preventative.