They are extremely tiny and absolutely everywhere – bacteria! They lurk outside in nature, in forests, in meadows and in fields. Many of them are completely harmless to our four-legged friends, but some bacteria can lead to serious diseases in our dogs. Here are five known bacterial infections and their treatment options.
The birth of new puppies is always a very special occasion even for experienced breeders. But how does the process of dogs giving birth actually work? What problems can emerge when breastfeeding the puppies and how can the owner support their female dog during this full-on phase?
Dog owners should give thought to contraception for their beloved pets at the very latest when females enter heat for the first time and males suddenly prey on females in the neighbourhood. But what methods actually prevent females from getting pregnant and what forms of contraception are there for males?
It usually happens without any warning. A misplaced step on some broken glass, a wasp sting or a collision with a car, and suddenly your dog is yapping and bleeding, leaving its shocked owner wondering helplessly how to help man’s best friend. Here you can find out the best ways to prepare for such an incident, with first-aid measures you should learn and the recommended contents of a canine first aid kit.
Every dog’s coat should be combed and brushed regularly to keep it in top condition, but the way you should care for your dog’s fur varies according to breed, length and even time of year. Regular grooming is important for the following reasons:
- Dogs feel better when they’re well-groomed. Itchy skin and tangled hair are uncomfortable for your dog, and can have a real effect on their quality of life.
- Brushing stimulates the circulation and helps to encourage healthy hair growth.
- When you brush your dog’s coat the old hairs and skin cells are removed, letting your dog’s coat breathe. Tangled, matted hair is an ideal breeding ground for ticks, fleas and mites, and can also lead to painful rashes and eczema.
Some breeds of dog shed their coats more noticeably in the spring and autumn, as their coats change according to the season. At these times you should groom your dog more often, and you may also need different grooming equipment.
The thing that fascinates us humans about dogs is their enormous sensory capacity. Their senses are far better developed than those of humans, to the extent that they can orientate themselves, recognise everything and everyone by smells, and hear sounds and noises we cannot even comprehend.
Leishmaniasis is an infectious disease transmitted by sandflies and can often prove fatal for dogs. Find out how you can protect your dog and how to recognise and treat the disease should it emerge.