The 5 most common dog health issues

The 5 most common dog health issues

Every pet parent encounter at least one of these common dog health issues in their life. As we all feel quite distressed when our pets fall ill, we decided to gather up the most common issues. Hopefully this will help you better identify what the source of the problem is. So, let’s dive in.

Vomiting

Most dogs throw up from time to time. I’m sure you already caught your pup eating grass, then being sick. It’s a natural behavior, and also their way of cleaning of cleansing their stomach. If your dog vomits occasionally it is not something to be overly concerned about. However, if you suspect vomiting is happening more frequently, look for other obvious signs of distress. Check for signs of blood, diarrhea, or changes in behavior of your dog. These can be signs of a bigger underlying problem. If you can notice any of the following, then it’s time to check into your vet.

  • Continuous vomiting
  • Chronic vomiting
  • Vomiting a lot at one time
  • Vomiting with other symptoms, like fever, weight loss, lethargy, anemia, etc.
  • Trowing up blood
  • Vomiting with nothing coming up
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Suspected foreign body ingestion
  • Seizures

Don’t panic though. It’s worth playing it safe when it your pup’s health, so be sure you’re always on the safe side.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea is better understood as a possible symptom of other underlying pet health problems. It is not a health problem in itself, more a warning sign. There are different types, as they may vary in length and intensity. However, this could be a sign of a deeper illness. Keep food simple, provide water, and watch out for recurrence. If the problem does not pass quickly and symptoms persist, and there are other symptoms your dog may have a more serious illness. There are many potential causes. Signs to watch out for are

  • Projectile diarrea
  • Dehydration
  • Other symptoms (pain, vomiting, fewer etc.)
  • Conditions persisting for several days
  • Not eating or drinking

If any of these symptoms occur together with diarrhea, be sure to check your pup to the emergency vet.

Ear infections

A dog’s ear canals are very sensitive to pick up infections. It is especially true for floppy eared pups. Ear itching can be caused by a number of factors, like allergies, mites, infections (yeast, fungus) or foreign objects. If your dog is tilting or shaking their head it could be a sign of ear infection. Excessive scratching, or rubbing of the ear is another clear symptom. Look closer for signs of discharge, swelling or redness. Check for odors from your dog’s ears. If you notice any of the below symptoms, make sure you schedule and appointment with your vet.

  • Yellow, brown, or bloody discharge from the ears
  • Pain when opening mouth or reluctance to chew
  • Scabs or crusting on the inside of the outer ear
  • Noticeable hair loss around the ear
  • Head tilting/shaking
  • Hearing loss/deafness
  • Leaning to the side of the affected ear
  • Loss of balance/appearance of vertigo
  • Excessive rubbing, pawing or scratching of the ear or surrounding areas; rubbing ears against the floor or furniture
  • Unusual eye movements
  • Walking in circles

Fleas

Flea symptoms are fairly easy to identify. Excessive scratching, licking or biting at skin or coat is the first symptom. It can occur all over the body, but biting at the base of the tail or scratching the neck are the most common tell all signs. This issue is fairly easy to resolve. If you notice fleas, be sure to start with a good quality (even medicated) bath to kill and remove as many as you can. Then there is a plethora of treatment options available from drops, to oral medications or flea collars. Important to note, that fleas lay eggs, so this issue can reoccur if you don’t break the cycle.

Worms

An icky subject, but this is a very common dog health issues. Signs include scooting and a change in appetite. Tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms are common internal parasites in dogs. And although any worm infestation can make your pooch uncomfortable, some, like hookworms, can be fatal in puppies. Signs your dog may have worms include:

  • Diarrhea (may be bloody)
  • Weight loss
  • A change in appetite
  • A rough, dry coat
  • Scooting on his bottom
  • Vomiting (with roundworms in particular)
  • An overall poor appearance

The best way to diagnose a worm problem is with a visit to the vet. Treatment depends on which type of worm your dog has, but generally includes an oral medication and may require follow-up.

I hope this will help you identify some of the most common dog health issues. Remember, that most problems can be handled and treated if caught in time.

Sources: Canna-Pet, Web MD

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