Common Health Problems that your Dog May Experience

by - May 30, 2019

If you are thinking about getting a dog then you need to know that sometimes, they can become ill, just like humans do. If you want to look after your dog to the best of your ability, then it is your job to understand these conditions so that you can treat them as soon as they arise.

Skin Issues

Certain dog breeds are much more likely to develop skin conditions when compared to others. If you’re not sure if your dog has a skin condition or not, then look out for red patches, inflammation or even flaking skin. There are plenty of reasons why your dog may end up developing skin problems, including allergies or even parasites. If you want to get your dog treated, then you need to take them to the vets as soon as you can so that they can address the underlying problem.

Ear Infections

If your dog has an ear infection, then they may shake their head or scratch their ears a lot. You may even find that they have discharge or debris in the ear too. Ear infections can be itchy, and they can also be very painful for your dog. If you leave the ear infection left untreated then this can cause your dog some serious damage and this can really impact their overall health. If your dog is showing signs of an ear infection and if it seems to last for more than a day or two then it is so important that you take them to the vet. Skin issues often accompany ear infections, so it is important that you keep an eye on them in the event of this.


Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary issues are very common in dogs. It can be frustrating to have your dog urinate all over the house, and in some instances, you may put it down to behavioural issues. This might not be the case, and if they do have a UTI then there is a high chance that they will not be able to control their bladder. You may also notice increased thirst and lethargy.

Vomiting

There are so many reasons why your dog would vomit. You don’t need to rush them to the vet every single time they throw up, but if they are doing it on a frequent basis then this could be a sign of toxicity. They may also have a gastrointestinal blockage, and this can lead to a serious disease. If you aren’t sure what is causing your dog’s vomiting, then it is well worth changing their food. Check out these Freshpet dog food reviews.



Parasites

Parasites really are everywhere in your dog’s world. They can get external parasites such as fleas and ticks, and they can also get internal parasites such as heart-worm and intestinal worms too. There are ways for you to try and prevent this, such as by giving them a monthly treatment. You usually give it in the form of a tablet, or as a gel on the back of their neck.




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