Every dog needs certain types of dog medications. Yes, that includes dogs that are young, healthy, energetic and wet-nosed.
The goal with preventative dog medications is to keep your dog in that healthy, happy state. Following are some of the most common medications given to most dogs in order to ensure they are properly cared for and continue to thrive.
Fleas and ticks are more than an irritant to your dog. They can cause substantial skin problems and interfere with your dog’s overall quality of life. Ticks may also cause diseases that threaten your dog’s life. Some diseases are expensive to treat as well, so it is always best to give your dog medication to control fleas and ticks before you have an infestation.
Fleas may also infest your home, creating problems for your own health or that of other people in your household. You then have to invest time and money into ridding your home of fleas as well as clearing the fleas off of your dog. Year-round flea and tick medication can prevent these problems.
Take your dog to the vet to make sure that they do not currently have a problem with heartworms. If not, get them on a heartworm medication as soon as possible. Dogs get heartworms after being bit by infested mosquitos. You never know when a mosquito is going to bite your dog or if that mosquito is going to be infested. The best thing you can do is give your dog treatment to ensure that they are protected when and if that fatal bite occurs.
Once a dog is infested with heartworms, it is incredibly difficult and expensive to treat. Many dogs lose their lives to this disease, so it is always better to give your dog the medication and ensure they are protected at all times.
Most dogs will require some type of vaccination when they first come into your home and then on a routine basis. If your dog has certain risk factors for contracting specific dog diseases, they may need more vaccinations than a dog without those risk factors. The only way to determine which vaccinations your dog needs and at what age they should be received is to visit your veterinarian and answer questions about your home and dog’s lifestyle honestly.
Some dogs do well with vitamins while other dogs need specific supplements to keep their energy levels high, their appetites under control, and their bodies as healthy as possible. Supplements that help with bone and teeth health are sometimes beneficial for dogs as well. The only way to identify the needs of your dog is to visit a vet on a routine basis. Your vet will make sure that your dog receives all of the preventative medications they need to thrive through the years.