The rapid growth of a St. Bernard puppy requires a well-balanced diet, otherwise the puppy may develop bone disease (especially between the ages of 2 and 6 months).
Therefore, it is desirable to give the puppy along with multivitamins a sufficient dose of vitamin D and mineral salts. However, do not overdo it, because This can lead to the opposite effect - premature calcification, rickets, osteoporosis.
What other diseases does the St. Bernard have?
Among the many reasons for the decline in motor activity of St. Bernard, special attention should be paid to possible cardiopulmonary filariasis. (Filariasis (lymphogenous filariasis) is a helminthiasis caused by filaments from the nematode group. The development of lymphadenitis with lymphatic drainage blockage, lymphedema, elephanitis of the extremities, and sometimes pulmonary eosinophilia is characteristic. Infestation occurs when mosquito bites..
With invasion by cardionematodes (heart worms), or dirofilaria (parasitic in the heart and pulmonary artery), a "convulsive" syndrome is characteristic: epileptic seizures, repeated prolonged seizures. Also, shortness of breath, tachycardia develop, digestive disorders are possible.
It is clear that prevention is better and more reliable than any treatment. Today, there are many effective, not giving complications of drugs and, provided they are properly used, they allow you to avoid infection. These preventive measures reIt is recommended to apply to all dogs that spend most of the day outdoors in the summer and autumn.
Prevention should begin at the end of spring and continue until the beginning of winter. Existing drugs are able to destroy the larvae brought by insects 30-60 days before the onset of the disease. Symptoms of the disease can go unnoticed in dogs used as indoor and watchdogs, since these dogs are not subjected to great physical exertion and, consequently, a decrease in their activity is not evident. In such animals, the disease manifests itself with great delay, the more often it leads to death.
In working dogs, the main symptom of the disease is decreased activity. It is imperative that diagnosis and prescriptions are made by an experienced and reliable veterinarian. Feeding the dog to be made in strictly certain hours and with as long as possible. For an adult dog, two meals per day are recommended - in the evening as dense as possible or even one so as not to overload the stomach.