Bicycle along while your dog trots on leash beside the bike. About 12 mph seems
to be a normal gait. Exercise in moderation when beginning.
Zinc is a great supplement to add to your stud dog's diet. Check with your vet or
nutritionist for the exact amount. An enlarged prostate gland can be quite uncomfortable
for your dog and the prostate should be checked by your vet annually for any abnormalities.
Urinary Tract Infections
It's important that the urinary tract stay healthy. Blood in the urine, painful
urination or too frequent urinations that produce little or no urine could be signs
of a problem. Take your dog to the vet.
It's a good idea to have the dog's sperm checked for count and motility. Summer
heat can affect the count and health of the sperm. Check with your vet to see if
they are proficient at the test, if not, request the name of a fertility specialist
in your area.
Brucellosis is a disease of the reproductive tract which may cause abortion in females,
infection of the sexual organs in males, and infertility in both sexes. The bacteria
that infects dogs specifically is called Brucella canis. It is spread by contact
with the semen or vaginal discharge of an infected dog or bitch (most commonly during
mating), by contact with mammary secretions and aborted puppies, and can also possibly
be spread by contact with urine or other body secretions.
Females: Abortion of litters, usually between 45-55 days after
breeding, litters with some pups born dead or dying immediately after birth, and
pups that die at the embryo stage and are reabsorbed -- in such cases it may appear
that the bitch didn't take.
Males: Inflammation of the epididymis, prostate and/or testicles
(often leading to testicular atrophy), infertility because of abnormal sperm and
poor sperm motility, and reluctance to breed due to pain caused by inflammation
of the sex organs. Males may also cause lesions by licking at the painful area.
Both sexes: Swollen lymph nodes. Some dogs may show non-specific
signs of poor health, such as poor vigor. In rare cases the disease has caused damage
to the kidneys and nervous system.
In many cases an infected dog may show no outward signs at all. Infected bitches
will have normal heat cycles and breed normally, in fact in many cases a bitch infected
with Brucellosis, after aborting a litter, may conceive and whelp a live litter
subsequently. The danger in this is that such a bitch can infect any males she is
bred to, and her puppies will most likely be carriers of the disease and go on to
infect other dogs.
Most experts estimate 1% to 6% of the canine population are infected, with the main
source of the disease being stray dogs. There is no vaccine for this disease in
dogs, and treatment, which usually consists of prolonged administration of Tetracycline
and Streptomycin, may not be effective. The only prevention is to have all broodstock
tested for the disease before breeding. The test for the disease is a simple and
relatively inexpensive blood test.
Canine Brucellosis is a very serious disease, not because dogs are very likely to
contract the disease, but because of the consequences if a dog does become infected.
The disease itself will not kill your dog, but your dog will be genetically ‘dead
because he or she will be unbreedable -- even if the disease does not render the
dog sterile. A dog that has tested positive for Brucellosis should not be bred,
not even by artificial insemination. Bringing one infected dog into a breeding program
could wipe out years of work establishing a family of dogs.
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