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One of the most important things you can do to give your dog a long and healthy life is to ensure that he or she is vaccinated against both common and serious canine infectious diseases.
Canine atopy, or allergic dermatitis, is the most common skin condition found in dogs.
As a result of advances in veterinary medicine, more knowledgeable care and improved nutrition, dogs are now living much longer, healthier lives.
Hopefully you'll have anticipated your new arrival by 'puppy proofing' your home, and had lots of fun choosing the bed, blanket, toys and other supplies they will need.
If your dog doesn't jump to greet you on your return home each evening, there may be a good reason - he or she may have developed canine osteoarthritis.
Being aware of the infectious and, in some cases, potentially fatal diseases your dog can catch is a vital part of dog ownership.
Diabetes mellitus is a disease in which your dog's pancreas can no longer produce enough of the hormone insulin.
With major advances in treating serious infectious and other pet diseases, oral disease (periodontal or gum disease caused by the build-up of plaque and tartar) has become the number one health problem for dogs.
If you need any specific behavioural advice please contact Beverley Hawkins, at the Rugeley practice, who will be happy to help you.
D&T Veterinary Centre
The Veterinary Centre29 Market StreetRugeley, StaffordshireWS15 2JH
Tel: 01889 582023
Units E and F, Madford Retail ParkForegate StreetStaffordST16 2QY
Tel: 01785 213404