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The most important task of every dog owner is to keep a look at the health of his dog. This includes looking through the dog's fur after every walk to spot ticks or other parasites and to be able to remove them quickly.

However regular visits at the veterinarian's office are very important too. Your vet can give your dogs medication for deworming or give him vaccines. He can also diagnose problems such as dental calculus or arthritis in early stages and treat these problems professionally.

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FLEAS: If your dog is scratching and biting himself very often it could be that he has fleas. There are pills against fleas which you have to feed your dog once a month, because they prevent the fleas from reproduction. Regular grooming with baths and brushing can prevent an extreme flea infestation.

TICKS: Regularly search your dog's fur for ticks. Ticks are insects with a size that varies from 2 to 5mm and they both crawl on the skin or bite and fasten themselves to suck blood from your dog's skin. If a tick has already bitten your dog it is important to remove them with special tweezers. Grab the tick with the tweezers at its head as closely to the skin as possible and pull it out. After the removal of the tick you have to disinfect the area around the bite.
Regularly check the area around the bite. Should see a red circle developing after a few weeks around the bite, IMMEDIATELY see your vet because ticks carry life threatening diseases for both humans and animals.

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Newborn pups can already get infected with worms as embryos from their mother. This is why it is very important to deworm them shortly after birth under the supervision of an experienced veterinarian. In the first year your pups should be dewormed at the age of two weeks. Afterwards you should repeat the treatment every two weeks until the age of eight or ten weeks. After this time regular dewormings every two months should be enough.

Adult dogs have to be dewormed regularly as well, because during a deworming only existing worms and larvae are killed; new infections cannot be prevented though. New infections happen if your dog sniffs on the droppings of other dogs or if he eats wild animals, such as mice.

Always ask your veterinarian for advice before you pick deworming medication for your dog.

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The visits to the veterinarian should be practised from an early age. Lift your dog often up and inspect its paws and teeth. If it behaves well and does not fuss or bark, reward its behaviour with treats. Make your dog's first visit to the veterinarian as pleasant as possible and try to avoid painful treatments during the first visit so your dog can trust the veterinarian and does not think of him as an enemy. Should your dog show the following symptoms, take him immediately to your veterinarian:

          constant head-shaking
          vomiting several times
          apathetic/listless behaviour
          should your dog be breathing heavily or sweat more than is normal, check his temperature, A dog's normal temperature
          is about 38-39°C high
          refusing to drink or not stopping to drink
          blood in stool or urine
          excretion of green nasal mucous
          constant rubbing with his paws over the eyes

When picking a veterinarian you should make sure that he is not too far away from your home and has a clean office.

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Dog small Vaccinations for dogs

Vaccinations for dogs

Good breeders vaccinate their pups against canine distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis and parvovirosis before giving them away. These vaccinations have to be repeated when your pup is 12 weeks old. You should wait with a vaccination against rabies until your dog is at least six months old. It is also recommended to get a vaccine against tick-borne encephalitis.

It is not necessary to refresh the vaccinations yearly but to check the expiration date of the vaccination serums. Some need to be refreshed every three years. Ask your veterinarian about the refreshment of your dog's vaccines.
The German club of practising veterinarians (BpT) recommends refreshing vaccines for canine distemper and parvovirosis every two years.

Vaccinations for dogs
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