Elderly dogs and puppies are in the highest risk for disease. Keep your eye out on:
Obesity: overweight or obese dogs are at risk for cardiovascular disease, joint pain, and other issues. Provide your dog with healthy dog food and plenty of exercise.
Heart-worms: Parasites can be prevented with heart-worm medication.
External Parasites: Fleas and ticks, should be treated to prevent infestations.
Ticks are dangerous parasites that can transmit Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Dental Disease: Protect your dog from periodontal disease by brushing its teeth and professional dental cleanings to prevent abscesses and tooth loss.
Allergies: Usually allergies pop up in adult dogs in their food ingredients, fleas or seasonal allergens. The symptom is: itchy skin, scratching, biting and licking. It is best to have your dog tested for allergies.
Cancer: It is possible for younger adult dogs as well as seniors to develop cancer. Signs of cancer include vomiting, weight loss, and lethargy. See your vet if your dog has these symptoms.
As long as there is no allergy, an occasional scoop of peanut butter or peanuts are generally safe for canine tummies.
Brazil Nuts - Just a few Brazil nuts can trigger digestive problems and gastrointestinal upset. They contain a significant amount of fat (including saturated fat).
Macadamia Nuts – Keep the macadamia nuts out of reach from dogs. They are very dangerous. Consuming even small amounts can trigger weakness, vomiting, tremors, and lameness in dogs.
Almonds – These are difficult for canine tummies to digest. Avoid any gastrointestinal distress.
Cashews – Are very high in fat. They can lead to pancreatitis in dogs.
Walnuts - these nuts can lead to anything from minor stomach upset to bowel obstructions in dogs. Moldy walnuts are a bigger danger because they can cause seizures and other neurological problems.
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