Preventive medicine

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Prevention is better than cure”: this ancient saying is just as applicable to dogs as it is to man, especially since dogs are more exposed to contamination with infectious diseases and parasites than man. A good knowledge of the diseases caused by parasites, bacteria and viruses, many of which can be effectively prevented, enables owners to understand why their veterinarian prescribes treatments for their dog even when it is not unwell. Vigilance, a healthy lifestyle and preventative health care can prevent many of these health problems in dogs, some of which are potentially fatal.