From The American Veterinary Medical Association
QUESTION: The risks of some potentially dangerous health threats
are significantly lowered by having dogs spayed or neutered.
How long is the recuperation period?
ANSWER: Cases vary. Your veterinarian will outline special instructions
and precautions to take during the convalescence based on your
dog's age, health and past experiences. At your post-surgical
visit, you will be advised on when it is safe for normal activities
Question: Water is one of both human and animal bodies' most
important nutrients. How much water should our dog be drinking
ANSWER: Clean water should always be available. Most healthy
dogs, given a chance, will drink adequate amounts of water. Proper
water intake varies by age, size, health, physical activity and
the temperature. Monitor daily water intake, so you'll be alerted
to a problem.
Question: Why do so many veterinarians discourage dog owners
from feeding their dogs table scraps? When I was young, most
dogs existed on table scraps.
ANSWER: A diet of table scraps usually will not meet a dog's
nutritional needs. A dog food diet that is recommended by your
veterinarian is less likely to cause digestive, obesity or dental
problems and can be tailored to meet your dog's special needs.
QUESTION: We've found some very effective over-the-counter medications
for intestinal or stomach upsets. Are these products safe to
give our dog if he has a mild upset?
ANSWER: Some can be used, but doses vary widely from dog to dog
and some ingredients in these products may be toxic to dogs.
Check it out with your veterinarian who knows about your dog's
health and who knows the potential for any adverse effects of
using these products.
QUESTION: Is there anything we can do at home for our dog's vulvar
fold dermatitis that will make her more comfortable? The skin
in the area is very chapped and itchy.
ANSWER: Your veterinarian can recommend a surgical soap to bathe
the area and prescribe an antibiotic-steroid ointment. Clip the
hair away area before applying the ointment and keep the folds
dry and clean thereafter. That will relieve itching and scratching
and clear up infections.