Dogs are adorable and all, but what happens when they get sick?
And what if their owners don’t care about them?
This week on Dog Day In America, we take a look at some of the issues facing dogs and how we can all help.
Pets in the United States and Canada have always been under threat.
The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that about 10% of the population is at risk of developing a heart or lung disease from a pet.
And while it is generally believed that most pets are healthy and thrive in their own homes, some experts think that there are some breeds at higher risk of dying of a heart attack or lung infection.
We have seen a surge in the number of dogs in shelters in recent years.
As a result, many dogs are staying with friends or family or have been adopted out, which means they have to share a space with someone else or are forced to share with someone who is not yet adopted.
One study found that pets in shelters were significantly more likely to suffer from heart problems, pneumonia, and other chronic conditions than dogs living in their owner’s home.
Some pets are more likely than others to have an inherited heart condition, such as a rare form of premature ventricular hypertrophy, or PVT, which is caused by premature heart tissue growing too fast.
The National Pet Health and Safety Council estimates that more than 4.5 million pet dogs are euthanized every year.
In a 2014 report, the American Veterinary Association’s Veterinary Cardiology Committee found that, at least among the breeds that have been studied, dogs with PVT are at higher risks of developing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and/or death from pneumonia than dogs without PVT.
Dogs in shelters are at increased risk of infections.
Studies have found that shelter dogs are less likely to be properly vaccinated for the common canine bacterial infections that are associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), especially if they have been in a home environment.
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported that nearly half of dogs who died in the U.S. were not vaccinated, and that the majority of those who died had been exposed to other infectious diseases.
If you are considering adopting a dog, ask about vaccinations, and if possible, check with the shelter or the veterinarian who will be caring for the dog before deciding to adopt him or her.
And be sure to discuss with the adopter the need for your pet’s vaccinations and other health-related information, such in-home health screenings and other safety tips.
For more information on dog health, visit the AVIDA website.
What are the health risks for dogs and cats?
In the United Kingdom, more than half of the UK’s estimated 4.4 million pets are euthaned annually due to complications from medical conditions.
A large number of the euthanizations are due to heart disease, pneumonia or heart defects, including heart muscle disease, a rare disease called polymyositis, and an inherited condition called microcephaly.
There is no clear-cut reason why some breeds are more susceptible to these complications, or why others are not.
Researchers say that most dogs and many cats are healthy, but some breeds have higher rates of severe disease and mortality than others.
These include the Pyrenees, Brittany Spaniels, and Pomeranians.
They are also considered the most susceptible breeds for SIDS, a condition that can cause death in under 10 minutes.
If your pet is sick, ask if they are allowed to stay in a pet hospital or if they can be transferred to a veterinary hospital.
You can also help the animals by adopting them and letting them roam freely.
A dog is a unique member of our family.
A dog’s life is unique.
A good relationship with your pet means the world to them and they will benefit from the care you give them.