Common Puppy Illnesses—and What To Do About Them

Common Puppy Illnesses—and What To Do About Them



A virus that affects a puppy’s gastrointestinal system, parvo can be dangerous to its health and can even be fatal.

Kennel cough


kennel cough is highly contagious and is spread via contact with an infected pup or an object



Distemper is a serious disease a puppy can contract through airborne particles, contact with infected dogs, or exposure to an infected object.



Parasites, such as worms and ticks, are a big reason dog owners are told to pick up after their dog’s poop. Dogs can contract parasites if they come into contact with another dog’s feces.

Vomiting or diarrhea


If a new puppy starts to vomit or have diarrhea, it could be one of several things: a change in diet, a bacterial or viral infection, a parasite, the ingestion of something it shouldn’t have eaten, or stress.

Final thoughts

Between training, playing, and enjoying lots of love, having a new puppy at home can be an exciting time. One of the most important aspects of raising a puppy is keeping it healthy, and a good place to start is setting up a regular schedule of veterinarian check-ups and vaccinations.