Nebraska Airedale Terrier Association
RX for R-dales!!!
Many life-threatening health problems have been successfully defused or diverted by "alert" owners who knew "something wasn't quite right" with their Airedale! And, often, this "owner intuition" has been the key to saving their pets' life!!!!
But how can we know what is "right" and "not quite right" with our pet?
(IF YOU CURRENTLY SUSPECT A LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY, PROCEED IMMEDIATELY TO "POTENTIAL LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCIES" AND CONTACT YOUR VETERINARIAN!)
To protect your pet's health: It is important to
KNOWING YOUR DOG!
Take the time, each week, to go over your dog! Petting, scratching, brushing or grooming, and simple observation will provide you with many opportunities to assess your pet's general health!
Check for symptoms of ill-health!
(*Semiannual to annual "diagnostic" procedures performed on your pet are neither a "guarantee" of health nor an assurance of "longevity"! Much can change in your pet's health status over a very short period of time! However, these procedures might provide a timely intervention to a potential illness or suggest appropriate interventions if a "problem" is identified)!
(**You are the first line of defense for your pet! Establish a "baseline"! KNOW YOUR DOG! See Evaluating Your Dog's General Health, Part I, below)! Any deviance from the baseline or what is normal for your pet might indicate a potential problem! Keep a record!!! Please print, complete and UPDATE regularly, a copy of "My Pet's Health Checklist")!
A QUICK RX CHECKLIST:
EVALUATING YOUR DOG'S GENERAL HEALTH:
PART I: The Vital Signs
Normal Temperature: 99.5-102.8
Normal Pulse: 60-120 beats per minute
Normal Respiration: 14-22 breaths per minute
PART II: Health checklist: A Healthy Dog
Moves without signs of pain or constriction
Has firm, medium to dark-colored stools
Eliminates clear, lemon to honey colored urine
Is in good weight and maintains it
Is active and alert
Does not exhibit any "symptoms" of ill-health*
PART III: The Normal Signs of Aging, The Geriatric Patient (Many pet owners confuse the "normal" process of aging with "health problems." Please check out "Your Geriatric Pet" for more information!) Expect, among others, as your pet ages:
(NOTE: Many of these symptoms might also signal a serious (and potentially treatable health problem)! Consult your veterinarian for more information about caring for/treating "Your Geriatric Pet")!
Part IV: *THE SYMPTOMS OF HEALTH PROBLEMS: The Airedale is a particularly stoic breed with an exceptionally high tolerance for pain; often infectious/disease processes, as well as injuries, may be long-standing or well-advanced before the owner even suspects a problem. Learn to recognize the "symptoms" of pain and potential health problems in your Airedale Terrier:
PAIN SYMPTOMOLOGY: ("Pain", per se, may not be life-threatening; i.e., a burr lodged in a pad may not be life-threatening but it still evokes a pain response. Unacceptable behaviors might also elicit a "pain" response (i.e., a dog that has destroyed your family room might approach you with a tucked tail and laid back ears, etc.)! However, any pain response in an Airedale, especially if there are multiple criteria (i.e., if any of the symptoms of pain apply or if any "life-threatening emergencies" exist), merits consideration and further evaluation! Just as humans vary in their response to pain, so do dogs! Some typical pain responses include:
POTENTIAL LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCIES:
(Any symptom of a potential health problem that persists for more than 24 hours should be checked by a veterinarian as soon as possible!)
Always have your pet's "records" available (current vaccinations, medications, prior "illnesses", surgical interventions, etc., (request a copy of any treatments or procedures your dog has undergone and keep this information with your pet's records--My Pet's Health History)!!!!
Emergency telephone numbers for:
On-Call Veterinary Service: ____________________________
Emergency Veterinary Service: _________________________
Specialist Referral Services:____________________________
Schools of Veterinary Medicine:_________________________
(WHEN IN DOUBT, ALWAYS BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY -- SEEK COMPETENT VETERINARY ASSISTANCE IMMEDIATELY!!!!)
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