Your Boerboel puppy will arrive at your home
in a healthy state, ready to befriend you and your family. The sooner
you visit the veterinarian with your new pet though, the better. Puppies
should be immunized at an early age and you will receive an immunization
certificate, stating your puppy's immunization history, when you receive
your new pet. Your veterinarian will continue your puppy's vaccination
schedule and will advise you when boosters are necessary. Make sure
your dog gets a regular veterinary checkup every six months.
Visiting the vet with your boerboel
You should know what to expect when you take
your pet for a veterinary appointment. Some of the common tests your
veterinarian may want to perform include fecal examinations, to check
for internal parasites and blood tests, to check for serious diseases.
During the physical examination, your veterinarian
will feel your puppy's abdomen, listen to the chest for heart and breathing
sounds, check the condition of the coat, look in the ears for infection
and ear mites, examine the eyes to make sure they are clear and free
of disease, and inspect the mouth for signs of tartar buildup and gum
disease. Your veterinarian will also ask you if you've noticed any problems
lately with your pet's health or if your puppy has been exposed to other
dogs with diseases.
to know your boerboel
To help you answer your veterinarian's questions,
you need to know what's normal. This will help you when you talk to
your veterinarian about any problems or concerns.
Your puppy's eyes should be bright and clear.
Any discharge collecting in the corners should be wipe away, using cotton
balls soaked in warm water. Also, look for lumps or masses on the lids.
Report any abnormalities to your veterinarian.
Your puppy's ears should be clean in appearance
and free of discharge and odor. Routine cleaning of the ears, when necessary,
may cautiously be accomplished by using cotton balls moistened in water.
(Do not use swab sticks.) Ear mites, which are very tiny parasites,
cause a black discharge and scratching, and are common in dogs and cats.
Veterinary treatment is required to eliminate ear mites. Some breeds,
such as poodles, spaniels and setters, have hair in the ear canal that
needs to be trimmed or pulled. Neglect of any inflammation or infection
of the ear may lead to a chronic, progressive disease which can result
in pain and hearing loss.
Your puppy's nose should be clean and wet without
discharge or sores.
Examine your puppy's mouth periodically. The
gums should be pink and healthy. Have your pet's teeth examined and
cleaned by your veterinarian every six months to a year. As in humans,
tartar buildup can lead to gum disease and teeth loss. Check the lips
for sores or growths.
Feel your puppy's body for tumors, lumps and
ticks by running your hands over its coat. Ruffling your hand against
the hair will disclose fleas, dandruff and dirt. If your pet's coat
is matted, remove the mats by using a small comb.
Inspect your puppy's legs for swollen joints
by running your hands down the legs. Check for hair and objects between
the toes and check the condition of the nails.
Examine your puppy's anus for possible infection
(swelling) and intestinal parasites. Tapeworm segments look like rice
particles. Both conditions need a veterinarian's care. Vaccinations
will be given during routine veterinary visits, if needed, and your
puppy will be weighed to make sure it's at an ideal weight.
Don't be afraid to ask your veterinarian questions
you have about your pet's health or care at this time.Your veterinarian
is your best source of information. You can rely on your veterinarian
to maintain records of your dog's health and to send you reminders when
checkups are due, but you also should keep track of this information
along with any changes in your pet's health.