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

  1. Know Your Dog;
  2. Know How to Evaluate Your Dog's General Health; and
  3. Know the Symptoms of Health Problems!

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

Eats well
Drinks moderately
Eliminates easily
Exercises freely
Sleeps soundly
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:

POTENTIAL LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCIES:

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:_________________________

 

LINKS: Websites:*

Update My Pet's Health Checklist every time your pet visits the veterinarian and ask for "copies" of all test results, including diagnostic procedures, etc. to add to My Pet's Health Checklist!

(WHEN IN DOUBT, ALWAYS BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY -- SEEK COMPETENT VETERINARY ASSISTANCE IMMEDIATELY!!!!)

 

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