Although there is nothing a gun dog loves more, hunting season can be quite hard on our four-legged companions. Fortunately, there are many things owners can do to maintain their gun dog's health; ensuring safer, more productive seasons, year-after-year.
Lyme Screening: Lyme Disease is a tick-borne bacterial disease that can cause painful joints, lameness and kidney disease. After an initial Lyme screening, and administration of 2 doses of vaccination, your dog has protection against Lyme. Call our office or set up a visit to learn all the details.
Diet: Studies have shown that the quality of food your dog receives is directly related to how well he or she performs. We offer premium dog foods that include the necessary ingredients, vitamins, and trace minerals that your dog needs. Speak with our veterinarian during your visit for specific recommendations for your dog.
Foot and Pad Care: Damaged paws are prone to infection which, if left untreated, can become detrimental to a dogs health and performance. Dogs paws are designed to withstand a lot of wear and tear because of the keratin epithelium that covers the pads. This thick layer of skin provides protection for the footâ€™s tendons and ligaments, acting as a shock absorber and providing traction. As trainers and breeders of sporting dogs know, however, the pads arenâ€™t impenetrable. For athletic and sporting dogs, it is important to be sure their paws are healthy and without any injury. The four, most frequent, types of injury to a dogs pads are: abrasions, bruises, cuts, and puncture wounds. If injuries to the paw are not taken care of immediately, they may result in the need for prolonged therapy.
Grooming: In addition to reducing and removing painful burrs and matting that can occur in the field, a good grooming is desirable to obtain a neat appearance and maintain a shiny, healthier coat.