Farm dogs are out with the cattle and other farm animals, crops, different plants, and are generally exposed to a lot more nature than dogs who spend the majority of their day indoors. The more your dog is exposed to nature the higher the chances are they will be exposed to a common illness such as ticks, bacteria infections, or getting accidentally injured. Luckily there are ways we can help keep our farm or outdoor dogs as healthy as possible.

Common Illness In Farm Dogs

The more often your dogs are outside, the higher chance they have of contracting an illness or getting hurt. This is because dogs can contract infection and illness from other animals, as well as from the environment around them. Certain pests cause our dogs mild to intense discomfort, while some can become fatal if not properly prevented or treated right away.

Below are 3 different, but common, infections and ailments that plague farm animals, and city animals to this day:

Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is a very common bacterial disease that can be contracted by both dogs and humans. Leptospirosis is especially common amongst farm dogs and dogs who spend the majority of their days outside. Bacteria that cause Leptospirosis are typically spread when the urine of an infected animal gets into the soil and/or a water source. This bacteria can last from weeks to months. Usually, farm dogs contract Leptospirosis from swimming, drinking, or walking through contaminated water.

Animals in urban centers are also becoming susceptible to Leptospirosis. When a city expands and develops into what was once a rural area, this allows housepets to become more exposed to wildlife. This list of pests and potential disease carriers includes possums, skunks, squirrels, raccoons, deer, and more.

Cases of Leptospirosis have been steadily increasing over the last few decades. Dogs who are not vaccinated against the bacteria are more than 20 x more likely to contract the disease than vaccinated dogs. A recent study found that almost 25% of canine leptospirosis cases are fatal. Dog insurance and dog wellness plans cover up to 3 vaccinations per year allowing you to ensure your dog is protected and you have done the preventive care.

Symptoms of Canine Leptospirosis:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Jaundice (yellow skin and eyes)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Rashes

Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is another common issue amongst farm dogs. Typically heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes and can affect all farm mammals. Heartworm can be more commonly seen in farm dogs simply because they spend most of their days outdoors. Heartworm is a risk factor for our animals all year round as once it gets cold the mosquitos don’t die, but rather look for shelter in warmer and covered areas. Your animals could still be getting exposed in the barn, dog shelter, or areas of the farm that are more protected from the elements.

This is why heartworm prevention medication is so important year-round. A Wagmo dog wellness plan covers heartworm prevention medication as long as it is FDA approved. This is more than worth it for most dog owners because heartworm prevention medication is nothing in terms of cost (especially with Wagmo) compared to heartworm treatment if a dog becomes infected.

When your dog contracts heartworm, Wagmo pet insurance can help cover different costs associated with treatment while providing you access to licensed veterinarians' services.

Fleas & Ticks

Fleas and ticks are probably the most common issues farm dogs have to battle. These pests can jump from animal to animal so your dog could become exposed to the other farm animals on your property. This includes wildlife as well as domesticated animals and farm animals. Raccoons and foxes carry fleas and can be drawn to your home’s garbage area, often lingering around for scraps of food.

Ticks are similar to fleas but dogs more commonly contract ticks from the environment itself not as often from other animals (while this is still possible as ticks jump). Ticks usually live in shrubs or in the grass. Any dog can contract a tick anytime they go outside.

It’s important to often check your dog’s fur for fleas and ticks after they have been outside. If you don’t see any fleas but see small black or brown dots on your dog’s skin, this is flea feces. If your dog has flea feces then they almost definitely have fleas. Ticks are more obvious as they will attach themselves right to the skin. By rubbing your hands over your dog fur you should be able to feel them. If you take advantage of grooming coverage with a dog wellness plan then your groomer can investigate the skin and comb out the dog’s hair professionally.

Wagmo pet insurance offers flea and tick prevention coverage as a part of the dog wellness plan. Wagmo dog wellness plans will help cover any FDA-regulated prevention medication your veterinarian prescribes. Flea and tick medication is a must-have for animals that are often outside, especially dogs who have more exposure to wild animals or other farm animals. Usually, without this prevention medication, your dog will almost certainly have fleas and ticks and can develop nasty skin allergies and infections.

The best way to help our farm dogs from contracting these common conditions is to ensure they are receiving preventative health care. This is where a dog wellness plan comes in. Dog insurance is to cover emergency illness and injury costs, while a dog wellness plan covers everyday routine costs, such as:

These are routine costs that every dog owner incurs on a yearly basis. Owners also have the option of adding on dog grooming and dog dental coverage with a Wagmo pet insurance and dog wellness plan. Why not save some money?

With Wagmo pet insurance plans, you can receive both dog insurance and a dog wellness plan that is very affordable and flexible. If you’re curious to learn more or are looking for a quote, check out the links below: