Puppies can only be produced if you have both a bitch and a stud, and if your goal is to breed puppies, it is essential to make sure that your female and male dogs are both in excellent health. Ensuring your dogs are healthy is a must whether you are a puppy breeder or whether you simply want some puppies to add to your own family, and healthy and safe dog breeding has more to it than you might think.
The chances of your puppies not surviving are going to be much greater if sterility is an issue with both of the parents, or even just one parent. Sterility in dogs is known as brucellosis, and secretions in the kennel of an affected dog, or sexual intercourse with an affected dog can lead to this condition.
However, as a dog owner, you should also be aware that touching the urine or feces of your dog can also transmit this disease to humans, making it important to be aware of this and always employ safe handling techniques. As a general rule, your goal should be to do all possible to ensure that your female dog is healthy and strong enough to cope with being pregnant and that your male dog is as healthy as possible too. One of the best ways to ensure good health is through regular vet visits and vaccinations.
Other conditions can affect your dog’s safety and overall health, and any dog owner must be aware of these. Even with observation, it may be difficult to ascertain if your dog is deaf, although some dogs are, and the BAER test is a good way to tell for sure. Your dog will need to be neutered if he is deaf.
Malformations of the heart valves and other heart conditions can affect your dog, as much as they can affect humans. Subaortic Stenosis, or SAS, is a common heart condition in dogs. There are various other health problems that can affect your dog and that you should be aware of. These include an uneven temperament, allergies, digestive issues, epilepsy and malabsorptive syndromes.
To ensure that any puppies are healthy, you should do all possible to make sure that the stud and the bitch are in the best of health and visit the vet regularly. If you are new to the concept of dog breeding, there is plenty of useful information to be found online or at your local library, and doing some initial research is highly recommended for the beginner.
Of course, learning from an expert is always a good thing to do, and if you are lucky enough to know someone who breeds dogs professionally, it would pay off to talk with them. Be prepared to exert yourself and learn as much as possible, but with the right approach you can ensure healthy dogs, and be in a better position to handle any dog related issues should they arise.
Make a point of finding a good vet in your area who can provide routine checks and any required or recommended vaccinations. Good health is essential if you want your litter of puppies to be as healthy as possible and thrive. Regardless of how busy you are, make sure you make room in your busy schedule to have your stud and your bitch examined by your vet; the importance of maintaining good health can’t be underestimated.
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