KEEP YOUR DOG HEALTHY

No. You can take dogs from state to state.  There is not pet passport that I am aware of. My dogs were moved from Virginia to Texas - There are not border crossings etc.

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  • I am happy to help dog owners raise happy, healthy dogs. They need a good companion and treat them like they're a part of the family.

    Here are the tips and reminders to make your dog stay healthy and happy.

    1. Go to the Veterinarian
      Set up a schedule for regular check-ups with your veterinarian. Ask the vet questions about your dog's diet, behavior, activity level or other concerns. Contact the veterinarian at once if your dog seems ill or in pain.
    2. Feed a Good Diet
      Work with your veterinarian or breeder to find the food that is best for your dog's age, size and activity level. Keep the diet consistent. Always provide plenty of fresh, clean water.
    3. Exercise
      Dogs need regular exercise to ensure continuing good health. Take your dog for walks, run around in the yard, throw a ball around - anything to get him up and moving. This will benefit his health and could prevent behavior problems.
    4. Vaccinate
      Dogs should follow a strict schedule of vaccinations to prevent diseases. Keep your dog current on his vaccinations, following the schedule recommended by your veterinarian. Keep a copy of your dog's vaccination records handy.
    5. Prevent Disease
      You can take steps to prevent other diseases not covered by the regular series of vaccinations. Depending on the area of the country you live in, your dog could be at risk for diseases such as heartworm and Lyme disease. Ask your veterinarian for advice on prevention.
    6. Repel Fleas and Ticks
      Aside from discomfort, parasites such as fleas and ticks can cause serious diseases. Keep your dog, his bedding, and your home free from parasites by using the method recommended by your veterinarian.
    7. Know Your Dog's Patterns
      You should become familiar with your dog's patterns in terms of eating, drinking, sleeping and relieving himself. Any major variations in these patterns could indicate illness and should be reported to your veterinarian.
    8. Provide Chew Toys
      Dogs never outgrow the need to chew. Protect your possessions by providing a variety of chew toys to satisfy your dog's urges.
    9. Bathe Your Dog
      A clean dog is a healthy dog. Bathe your dog on a regular basis appropriate to his breed and environment. Over bathing can be harmful to a dog's skin. Use a good shampoo and be sure to rinse well. If bathing your dog is more than you can handle, take him to a groomer or veterinarian for help.
    10. Groom Your Dog
      All dogs should be groomed regularly for health and best appearance. Some short-coated breeds need just a quick brushing every week, while some longer-coated breeds need daily brushing to prevent matting and to reduce shedding. If your dog requires clipping or sculpting, you may want to consult a professional groomer.
    11. Clip Those Nails
      Keeping your dog's nails short will keep him comfortable, prevent injury to his feet, and may save the surface of your floors. If you can hear your dog's nails click on a hard surface, they need to be trimmed. Ask your veterinarian for advice on clipping your dog's nails yourself.
    12. Clean Those Teeth
      To prevent tooth decay and gum disease, clean your dog's teeth regularly. Most dogs will accept a "toothbrush" if introduced to it slowly and gently. You can also give your dog products such as hard biscuits, rope bones and nylon chews to keep his teeth clean.
    13. Prevent Obesity
      Keep your dog healthy by maintaining him at an appropriate weight. Feed him a well-balanced diet and give him plenty of exercise. Don't give in to begging - "people food" is generally bad for dogs.
    14. Know Your Breed's Health Risks
      You should be aware of common health problems in your breed, how to prevent them, and how to recognize their onset. For example, some giant breeds are prone to bloat, while some short-faced breeds are prone to respiratory problems. Ask your breeder or veterinarian for information about any signs or symptoms you should watch for in your pet.
    15. Protect From Poisons
      Make sure that your home and yard are free from poisonous substances, such as antifreeze, which tastes good but can cause serious illness or even death. Keep your veterinarian's number handy in case of accidental ingestion.
    16. Be Alert to Changing Needs
      As your dog ages, his needs will change. He may require a different diet, need more sleep, and be less active. Do what you can to keep him comfortable. Your dog may not be as "fun" as he once was, but he is the same dog you loved as a puppy. You should do everything you can to pamper him in his final years.
    17. End Suffering
      If, due to illness or old age, your dog reaches a point where his quality of life is severely compromised, arrange to end his life humanely. Letting go is sometimes the kindest thing you can do. Don't prolong the suffering because you fear the pain of losing your dog.

    • Thank you for posting this good information. I am sure many members will find it useful.

      • Very good information !

        • Yes good information ! 

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            1. Vaccinate
              Dogs should follow a strict schedule of vaccinations to prevent diseases. Keep your dog current on his vaccinations, following the schedule recommended by your veterinarian. Keep a copy of your dog's vaccination records handy.

             As with anything regarding your dogs - Owners should make the decisions they deem best for their dogs. There are several articles on this site about over vaccination and the detrimental effects that may have on  your dogs' health. Vaccinate your dogs for what pose a danger to them in your area and what is required by law.  Do not over vaccinate or give "feel good" shots.

            One of the questions I ask any vet before they see our dogs is "what is required by law?." You will find that very little is required to keep you dog legally vaccinated and for the most part the rest of the "treatment" is something to make you "feel good" and sell meds from the drug companies.

            Study your dogs needs and the area maladies and make smart decisions. Here is an article about vaccination.

            The info by the original poster - is a great start in keeping your dogs healthy.

            • This is a very different story in europe Gary,

              here we are obligated to do all the required vacinations every year.

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                obligated to do all the required vacinations

                No problem with that - By required - do you mean recommended by the Vet or mandated by the country's laws?  That is the difference. 

                • By european and country law 

                  • If you travel outside of the country with your dog there are laws for each specific country that you need to check regarding vacinations.

                    we also have a european passport for dogs, does the USA have a similar thing ?

                    • No. You can take dogs from state to state.  There is not pet passport that I am aware of. My dogs were moved from Virginia to Texas - There are not border crossings etc.

                      • I agree with Gary, there are many side effects in dogs being vaccinated more often. I just did vaccination for rabies and no other thing especially vaccines that can boost dogs immune system. But we human and animals have our own immune system and therefore we must boost our immune system by eating the right kind of foods that our body needs same as our buddies.

                        Anyways, I read some of the articles that deals with the side effects of vaccination to our dog. Here's one of the article that interest me: https://www.petfinder.com/dogs/dog-health/vaccinations-side-effects/

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