A premise regarding the health of your dog: it is important to know that you can never replace the vet. In fact, just as every family has its own trusted doctor to turn to for the treatment and prevention of diseases, in the same way it is necessary to have a veterinarian to entrust with the care of your dog, a professional who can follow him over time for the usual vaccination treatments and periodic visits, and to intervene in case of urgent need. The relationship of trust and the constant collaboration between the owner and the veterinarian are essential to be able to make correct diagnoses and intervene with therapy.
A veterinarian who specializes in dog health
There are also general practitioners among veterinarians and others who specialize in pet care; among the latter, some have specific experience in particular sectors (cardiology, ophthalmology, traumatology, etc.). However, it is advisable that the trusted veterinarian indicate to the owner the specialist to contact. However, here are the main general symptoms of malaise in dogs: listlessness; abatement; refusal to play; lack of appetite (anorexia); persistent vomiting and / or diarrhea; nasal and conjunctiva discharge; thirst and / or unjustified hunger (polydipsia and polyphagia); elevated rectal temperature.
But what are the physiological parameters to refer to for dog health? Here are the main ones. The rectal temperature (° C): puppy – 38-39 ° – Adult – 37.5-38 °. The respiratory rate (per min.): In the puppy it goes between 20 and 22; in the adult between 14 and 20 (respiratory acts). The pulsations per minute : in the puppy between 100 and 130, in the adult between 60 and 120.