Working dogs are an essential part of many farms. For North Coast Veterinary Services it is really important that they are able to keep working in the field as your extra set of paws. We see working dogs on properties rounding up stock, guarding against predators, providing essential companionship, and working as security. We want them to keep healthy while they help you.
Unfortunately, working dogs are often more prone to parasites, accidents, and work associated injuries and misadventure. What are some problems we and other vets see in farm dogs?
Statistically, farm dogs are more like to get severe gastrointestinal disease. Partly due to less regular worming and vaccination than companion animals, and partly from increased scavenging opportunities.
Working dogs are also more likely to experience lameness. This is a function of all the kilometers they put on their paws, and the feats of agility and speed they perform in their work.
Skin disease is another common issue we see on farm dogs. Fleas, grass seeds, allergies, ticks, infected cuts, and sun-associated skin cancers all affect working dogs.
According to one of Australia's leading pet insurers the top claims they see for farm dogs are gastrointestinal disease, cancer, lameness (including cruicate disease) and skin disease (allergic and infected forms).
What top four steps can be taken to make sure your farm dog stays fit and healthy.
If you need help with your farm dogs health, please contact North Coast Veterinary Services for advice or treatment on (02) 6684 0735.