Viral and Bacterial Infections in Dogs: Reducing Your Fear

I have always been fond of animals, but it took quite a while before I decided to get pets of my own. Back in 2016, my only pet was a stray cat who volunteered to be my master. Yes, I do think I serve him. Sam dies early in 2107 due to old age and after an attempt to keep him healthy with the vet. It could no longer be reverted. I was partly heartbroken that time because he has been my only companion as I work late nights and early mornings.

After his death, a stray puppy came to volunteer himself as our house pet. He was emaciated and I was able to get him to perfect health. As he grows and become playful I decided to get a dog, a Siberian Husky who died on the fourth day after I got him. After hefty vet bills, the veterinarian is quite convincing that it wasn’t my fault but possibly bad breeder practices. But I remained to blame myself.

It was only the time I became aware of puppy farms and horrific kennel practices. I said, I will no longer buy a pet. It was devastating to see a puppy suffer from bacterial or viral infections that are life threatening. But what is more devastating is that we are all witnessing hellish kennel practices and bad veterinary practices and do nothing.

The kennel owner must’ve picked up the clue that I will be all out on her because of the dead husky so she volunteered to replace. I then question myself, am I going to go for it knowing that they treat these animals like as if they are objects? “If it doesn’t work, let me go ahead and replace it!”

But I did accept the “replacement” Siberian Husky from her, and so far, Clark is still alive today. This one must be truly vaccinated. Unlike the first one who was released with fake records.

I think this must be the first step to reduce your fear if you want to have pets, research about the kennel and more research on vaccines. They might say it is fully vaccinated but in reality — possibly not.

A month ago, I took another dog, a mix-breed realizing that my husky is not a suitable playmate for my niece. Today all three of them are healthy and my mind at ease.

But what is the secret?

1. Immunity — A dog’s immune system develops to be strong not because of vaccines. Slap the vet who told you so or the breeder you are getting a puppy from. Immunity has more to do with how long the puppy stayed with the mother and also the health of the mommy dog.

A puppy farm would most like just produce, dames are often not cared for and their only purpose in life is to produce the puppy, whether they are healthy or not. In just a few weeks the entire litter is weaned from their mother. The antibodies they get which is very important for developing strong immunity through mother’s milk is just not enough. Making them susceptible to a broad spectrum of infections. They may look and act great, but they will definitely easily fall ill once rehomed. Even vaccines can harm these puppies because they just do not have enough immunity to fight even what is supposed to do them good.

2. Vaccination — Some say yes and some strongly disapprove of vaccination. It is your choice. I think, getting shots is very important only if you are not totally focused on the pet. But if you are, and you have done your research well, go ahead with alternative methods to strengthen immunity. Some reports that vaccines can actually do more harm than good. I agree, that husky I had that I was talking about earlier actually died of Parvovirus, and I suspect due to overvaccination in just one day. The breeder indicated a false date on the record, the vet was suspecting it was faked, suggested for a 6-in-1 shot that same day I got him and I agreed, resulted to death. Wait it out! What I do now is I still have my pets get the shots. Right now, the last one still hasn’t taken his 2nd shot. I am waiting 30 days, but until then, he is not to go for walks or stay on the floor to wander around the house.

3. Diet — This is the most important. Immunity is directly related to diet. A poorly fed puppy will of course have weak immune system. This is no rocket science and yet most pet owners forget. Much like humans, we need to sustain life through food. Relying on kibbles alone will not do the trick, supplements are essential to keep your dogs healthy, especially puppies. If you got your puppy from a pet shop, all the more you should invest on good vitamins, ask your vet. Even if your dog food is very expensive, you have to also pay close attention if your dog is eating it or not.

I don’t get people who acquire dog, put them in one corner and expect them to just munch on whatever they throw on their bowls. It is your responsibility to see if your puppy is actually consuming not only the right kind of food but also the proper amounts to keep them growing.

A puppy eating and pooping right is unlikely to get sick.

4. Give them a reason to stay alive — This is very true for me. If you want them to be healthy and alive, give them a reason to be and that reason has to be YOU. A puppy who does not have good interaction with its owners would most likely be stressed, just like humans, stress will cause the immunes system to shut down.

Luckily dogs aren’t like humans, they have a few requirements to sustain happiness and most important of those requirements is feeling loved by their owners. If you can fulfill that, I am pretty sure your dog will try to fight through any illness.

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