Common Health Problems in Dogs

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Common Health Problems in Dogs

Dogs are human’s best friend. It is found in some studies that people who own a dog are more likely to live happily. They play with you, eat with you, sleep with you, and also cry with you… but what about when they fall ill?

It is the most awful feeling to see your doggy unwell. Dogs cannot describe their feeling and problems in words like we, human, do. All we need is to understand and suspect their problems and immediately rush to the vet.

There are various reasons that cause your dog sick. However, well-cared dogs are found less ill as compared to those who won’t. Taking proper and effective steps to keep the dog fit and healthy will surely minimize the chances of developing health issues. Moreover, taking the dog to the vet for a regular routine checkup will also help in discovering the health problems before it goes out of control and cannot be cured. It is important to observe your dog’s activities and if you suspect any signs of illness, quickly rush to the vet without any delay.

The team of Vaidyanath has brought up some symptoms and signs to make you guys aware of health problems that may develop in your dog.

Scroll down to read more!

Signs and Symptoms of illness in Dogs

There are several signs that indicate the high need to visit a veterinarian. Following are some symptoms, if you notice any of them in your dog, do not wait for a second and immediately rush to veterinarian or an emergency clinic;

  • White, blue or pale gums
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Collapse consciousness
  • Inability to walk
  • Seizures
  • Extreme bloat abdomen
  • Dizziness
  • Imbalance
  • Circling
  • Aggressiveness while touching
  • Crying out loudly
  • Guarding a part of the body
  • Signs of acute severe pain
  • Body temperature ranges under 99 degrees Fahrenheit or above 104 degrees Fahrenheit. It is quite common to have a temperature between 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • An extreme or sudden change in cognitive function or mental state.

However, there are some other symptoms also that you may notice in your dogs, but if any of them lasts for more than two to three days then you must contact your veterinarian. Those signs are,

  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Poor appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Lameness
  • Excessive thirst or increase in consumption of water
  • Excessive salivation or high food consumption
  • Frequent urination or inappropriate urination
  • Constipation
  • Congestion
  • Nasal discharge
  • Wheezing or frequent panting
  • Excessive scratch
  • Excessive dullness
  • Excessive dryness
  • Excessive flaky hair coat
  • Whimpering
  • Display mild or moderate pain
  • Resistance when a specific part of its body is touched
  • Not acting normally

It is better to be cautious than to wait. It is not the complete list of every symptom but as soon as you realize that your doggy is not well or acting weirdly or not performing normally, then you should contact your veterinarian without any delay.

Common Health Problems in Dog

Skin Issues

Several dogs suffer from various skin diseases. The most common signs of skin problems and diseases in dogs are scratching and itching. The skin sometimes may appear scaly, flaky, red, inflamed or abnormal. Moreover, there are various different reasons that give rise to skin problems such as parasites, allergies, itching and more. However, if you find any abnormal appearance on the skin of your dog or he is constantly chewing, itching, or scratching, it is important to visit the vet before its get too late and the condition of your dogs become miserable.

Ear Infections

Ear infections are the most common problem among dogs. It often causes them to scratch their ears or shake their head. This infection occurs due to debris or ear discharge. Sometimes, it may be painful, irritating or even itchy. Such infection can cause severe and serious damage to dogs if they left untreated. If the infection continues for a longer time, it may develop skin issues and other diseases associated with allergies. Moreover, an ear infection can be prevented t home by cleaning the ears of your dog regularly. If you find any symptoms of ear infection in your dog for more than a day or two, then consult to your vet without any delay.

Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary Tract Infection is the most common problem in dogs. It is so irritating to handle a dog that is peeing in the home. You can detect this infection if your dog suffers from inappropriate or improper urination, lethargy, excessive thirst, excess intake or water than usual or excess urination. If your dog exhibits any of these symptoms then you should contact the vet for a checkup.

Vomiting

There are various reasons that can cause a dog to vomit. The main reasons to develop this problem are a gastrointestinal blockage, toxicity, or other serious issues. However, you need not rush to your veterinarian every time when your dog throws up! But you should not always ignore this as well… However, instead of guessing the cause, it is better to contact the vet if your dog vomits.

Diarrhea

The causes of diarrhea are similar to those of vomiting. One or two episodes of diarrhea is not severe, but continuing this problem can lead to dehydration. If diarrhea persists in your dog, immediately consult the vet.

Parasites

Parasites are common in the dog’s world. They can be either internal or external. External parasites include ticks and flea, and internal parasites include intestinal worms and heartworms. If your vet detects this disease, it can be prevented usually with monthly preventive treatments. Moreover, try to educate yourself to protect your doggy from canine parasites.

Dental Diseases

Dental disease in dogs is often known as periodontal disease. It is a serious health problem that can ruin the health of your dog. Tartar and plaque may develop dangerous bacteria in the mouth of your dog. They can even damage the gums and teeth of dogs. Moreover, bad breathe is also not common in dogs. It is a sign of dental disease. Even severe bacteria may enter into the bloodstream and can cause serious problems such as kidney failure and heart disease. The only way to cure dental disease is prevention.

Obesity

Obesity is the fastest growing health issue in dogs. It may sometimes lead to serious health problems such as arthritis, heart diseases, diabetes, and orthopedic diseases. However, it is preventive but only when you take proper initiatives. With plenty of exercises, walk, and a healthy diet; obesity can be cured easily.

Arthritis

Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint or multiple joints in the dog’s body. The most common type of arthritis found in the dogs is osteoarthritis which is often called Degenerative Joint Disease. This problem mostly occurs in senior dogs. If you suspect any sign of arthritis in your dog, talk to your vet and get the best treatment.

Poisoning or Toxicity

Dogs are food driver and often get curious when they see food. Toxins and poisons come in various foam such as plants, household items, medications, and even some food items can also be poisonous for dogs. All you need is to find out such things that are dangerous for your dog and may exist in its surroundings.

Rabies

As vaccination has become common in today’s era, rabies is not common. However, it may still occur. Your dog may behave aggressively and drool thickly and heavily. The best option to cure and treat rabies is its prevention.

Diabetes

Diabetes is also found in dogs. It is highly important to cure this disease as it can even take the life of your pet. The most common signs of diabetes are cataracts, weight loss, vomiting, belch, change in appetite, excessive consumption of food and water, lethargy, feel highly thirsty, urinary tract infections, improper urination, and excessive urination. If your dog exhibits any of these symptoms then you should contact the vet for a check up. Two insulin injections regularly are must for controlling diabetes. A high fiber diet and oral medications also work to cure the disease and get your pet back on the healthy state.

Gastric Torsion

Gastric Torsion is often known as Bloat. If your dog wolf the food don within a second then there is a risk this serious disease. It makes the stomach enlarge and leads to vomit and belch as it prevents air and other fluid to reach the stomach. Moreover, the most symptoms of bloating are salivating, restlessness, enlargement of the stomach area, and retching and inability to vomit. Though there are some breeds that are more susceptible to it, Gastric Torsion can affect any dog at any age. It mostly affects the large breed of dogs and those who have a deep chest like Boxers, German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Great Danes, Weimaraners, and Bloodhounds. Small and middle size dogs are not at much risk except Dachshunds and Basset Hounds who have long, deep and broad chests.

Kidney Diseases

Kidney disease in dogs is the most common chronic disease that occurs on its own over its lifetime. Sometimes, it may develop due to the complications caused by medications and other severe diseases like Lyme. Unfortunately, most of the times, kidney disease is not curable and preventable. Dogs with this problem usually suffer from kidney failure or kidney damage. However, acute kidney disease can be cured as it is caused by various reasons such as infections, poisoning, toxicity, and complication from some medicines. Dogs experiencing Gastric Torsion may suffer from high fever change in water intake, vomiting, change in appetite, change in urination, or improper urination.

Therefore, to avoid the occurrence of acute kidney disease in dogs, you should keep the human medicines away from them unless it is advised by your vet. Moreover, the taste of antifreeze is a dog’s favorite but it is highly poisonous. Even a low dose of antifreeze can harm the health of your doggy. It is best to keep them away. Also make aware that your dogs do not lick the garage, floors, winterized pipes or any such place where they can find antifreeze.

Lyme Diseases

Lyme is the most common tick-borne disease which is highly preventable. It is caused due to a bacteria transmitted by deer ticks which feed slowly and get attached to the dog for at least 20 hours. The prime symptom of this disease is lameness in limbs and that too it shifts from one leg to another one over a certain period of time. Moreover, low appetite and stiffness may also occur in dogs. It may lead to serious kidney problems and sometimes cause Kidney damage or failure. Lyme can be cured with the treatment of antibiotics that continues for a month or sometimes more than five weeks. However, it may possible that it does not prevent completely.  The best way to protect your dogs from Lyme is to keep him away from such areas which are tick prone.

Cancer

Cancer is the most severe disease that can sometimes lead to the death of the dog. There are multiple varieties of canine cancer that are most likely to be found in dogs. According to a study, about 50 percent of dogs who are ten years older or above may develop some kind of cancer that can even cause their death. The faster to suspect this disease, the highly effective you treat cancer, the more chances of dog to survive! Moreover, the chief signs of cancer in the dogs are lumps on the skin, change in appetite, weight loss, unusual odor, and lethargy.

Lymphoma is the most common type of canine cancer. It is a mast tumor of low grade in the skin and is easily preventive. However, environmental and genetic factors play the most significant role in cancer treatment. Dogs suffering from canine cancer require best and effective health care. The other cause of this cancer is dog junk food. The ingredients used in dog food give rise to cancer. Make sure to check the labels in the food packets and avoid buying items that contain BHA, BHT, and ethoxyquin.

Fungal Diseases

Fungal diseases are transmitted through airborne spores as fungi live in soil and mud. Dogs that play in soil or inhales contaminated soil are most likely to get the fungal disease. Some of the fungal are worst than the others as it can not only affect the skin of your dog but it can also affect the entire body such as brain, lungs, liver, and kidney. The latter you suspect, the more deadly it will be! Moreover, there is mainly our kind of fungal diseases that affect the whole body. They are valley fever, cryptococcosis, histoplasmosis, and blastomycoses. Among these four, Valley fever is the most serious, dangerous, severe, and life-threatening fungal disease.

Cataracts

Cataract is mainly found in senior and old dogs. It affects the vision of your pet. Not only the age factor, but certain other diseases also give rise to cataract.

Kennel Cough

Kennel cough is common in dogs. There is nothing as such that can be avoided but yes, of course, kennel cough sounds bad and is similar to the common cold which we, human, experiences. The best way to cure this disease is to take good care of your dog and give enough rest and relaxation with plenty of rich food and water. Moreover, your vet will give antibiotics for better treatment and dog vaccination is also necessary.

Fleas and Ticks

Flea and ticks are kinds of external parasites. It is the most severe disease that causes poison and toxicity in the blood and leads to the death of a dog. The latter you found the fleas, the worst will be the situation! If your vet detects this disease, it can be prevented usually with monthly preventive treatments. Moreover, try to educate yourself to protect your doggy from parasites.

Heartworm

Heartworm is a kind of internal parasite. It develops inside the heart and lungs of the dog. Dogs with severe cases of heartworm may not always survive. It can be prevented through modern vaccination and if left untreated it can lead to the death of the dog.

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Take care of your pets and keep them fit… Because happy pet means a happy you!

Dogs are human’s best friend. It is found in some studies that people who own a dog are more likely to live happily. They play with you, eat with you, sleep with you, and also cry with you… but what about when they fall ill?

It is the most awful feeling to see your doggy unwell. Dogs cannot describe their feeling and problems in words like we, human, do. All we need is to understand and suspect their problems and immediately rush to the vet.

There are various reasons that cause your dog sick. However, well-cared dogs are found less ill as compared to those who won’t. Taking proper and effective steps to keep the dog fit and healthy will surely minimize the chances of developing health issues. Moreover, taking the dog to the vet for a regular routine checkup will also help in discovering the health problems before it goes out of control and cannot be cured. It is important to observe your dog’s activities and if you suspect any signs of illness, quickly rush to the vet without any delay.

The team of Vaidyanath has brought up some symptoms and signs to make you guys aware of health problems that may develop in your dog.

Scroll down to read more!

Signs and Symptoms of illness in Dogs

There are several signs that indicate the high need to visit a veterinarian. Following are some symptoms, if you notice any of them in your dog, do not wait for a second and immediately rush to veterinarian or an emergency clinic;

  • White, blue or pale gums
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Collapse consciousness
  • Inability to walk
  • Seizures
  • Extreme bloat abdomen
  • Dizziness
  • Imbalance
  • Circling
  • Aggressiveness while touching
  • Crying out loudly
  • Guarding a part of the body
  • Signs of acute severe pain
  • Body temperature ranges under 99 degrees Fahrenheit or above 104 degrees Fahrenheit. It is quite common to have a temperature between 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • An extreme or sudden change in cognitive function or mental state.

However, there are some other symptoms also that you may notice in your dogs, but if any of them lasts for more than two to three days then you must contact your veterinarian. Those signs are,

  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Poor appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Lameness
  • Excessive thirst or increase in consumption of water
  • Excessive salivation or high food consumption
  • Frequent urination or inappropriate urination
  • Constipation
  • Congestion
  • Nasal discharge
  • Wheezing or frequent panting
  • Excessive scratch
  • Excessive dullness
  • Excessive dryness
  • Excessive flaky hair coat
  • Whimpering
  • Display mild or moderate pain
  • Resistance when a specific part of its body is touched
  • Not acting normally

It is better to be cautious than to wait. It is not the complete list of every symptom but as soon as you realize that your doggy is not well or acting weirdly or not performing normally, then you should contact your veterinarian without any delay.

Common Health Problems in Dog

Skin Issues

Several dogs suffer from various skin diseases. The most common signs of skin problems and diseases in dogs are scratching and itching. The skin sometimes may appear scaly, flaky, red, inflamed or abnormal. Moreover, there are various different reasons that give rise to skin problems such as parasites, allergies, itching and more. However, if you find any abnormal appearance on the skin of your dog or he is constantly chewing, itching, or scratching, it is important to visit the vet before its get too late and the condition of your dogs become miserable.

Ear Infections

Ear infections are the most common problem among dogs. It often causes them to scratch their ears or shake their head. This infection occurs due to debris or ear discharge. Sometimes, it may be painful, irritating or even itchy. Such infection can cause severe and serious damage to dogs if they left untreated. If the infection continues for a longer time, it may develop skin issues and other diseases associated with allergies. Moreover, an ear infection can be prevented t home by cleaning the ears of your dog regularly. If you find any symptoms of ear infection in your dog for more than a day or two, then consult to your vet without any delay.

Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary Tract Infection is the most common problem in dogs. It is so irritating to handle a dog that is peeing in the home. You can detect this infection if your dog suffers from inappropriate or improper urination, lethargy, excessive thirst, excess intake or water than usual or excess urination. If your dog exhibits any of these symptoms then you should contact the vet for a checkup.

Vomiting

There are various reasons that can cause a dog to vomit. The main reasons to develop this problem are a gastrointestinal blockage, toxicity, or other serious issues. However, you need not rush to your veterinarian every time when your dog throws up! But you should not always ignore this as well… However, instead of guessing the cause, it is better to contact the vet if your dog vomits.

Diarrhea

The causes of diarrhea are similar to those of vomiting. One or two episodes of diarrhea is not severe, but continuing this problem can lead to dehydration. If diarrhea persists in your dog, immediately consult the vet.

Parasites

Parasites are common in the dog’s world. They can be either internal or external. External parasites include ticks and flea, and internal parasites include intestinal worms and heartworms. If your vet detects this disease, it can be prevented usually with monthly preventive treatments. Moreover, try to educate yourself to protect your doggy from canine parasites.

Dental Diseases

Dental disease in dogs is often known as periodontal disease. It is a serious health problem that can ruin the health of your dog. Tartar and plaque may develop dangerous bacteria in the mouth of your dog. They can even damage the gums and teeth of dogs. Moreover, bad breathe is also not common in dogs. It is a sign of dental disease. Even severe bacteria may enter into the bloodstream and can cause serious problems such as kidney failure and heart disease. The only way to cure dental disease is prevention.

Obesity

Obesity is the fastest growing health issue in dogs. It may sometimes lead to serious health problems such as arthritis, heart diseases, diabetes, and orthopedic diseases. However, it is preventive but only when you take proper initiatives. With plenty of exercises, walk, and a healthy diet; obesity can be cured easily.

Arthritis

Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint or multiple joints in the dog’s body. The most common type of arthritis found in the dogs is osteoarthritis which is often called Degenerative Joint Disease. This problem mostly occurs in senior dogs. If you suspect any sign of arthritis in your dog, talk to your vet and get the best treatment.

Poisoning or Toxicity

Dogs are food driver and often get curious when they see food. Toxins and poisons come in various foam such as plants, household items, medications, and even some food items can also be poisonous for dogs. All you need is to find out such things that are dangerous for your dog and may exist in its surroundings.

Rabies

As vaccination has become common in today’s era, rabies is not common. However, it may still occur. Your dog may behave aggressively and drool thickly and heavily. The best option to cure and treat rabies is its prevention.

Diabetes

Diabetes is also found in dogs. It is highly important to cure this disease as it can even take the life of your pet. The most common signs of diabetes are cataracts, weight loss, vomiting, belch, change in appetite, excessive consumption of food and water, lethargy, feel highly thirsty, urinary tract infections, improper urination, and excessive urination. If your dog exhibits any of these symptoms then you should contact the vet for a checkup. Two insulin injections regularly are must for controlling diabetes. A high fiber diet and oral medications also work to cure the disease and get your pet back on the healthy state.

Gastric Torsion

Gastric Torsion is often known as Bloat. If your dog wolf the food don within a second then there is a risk this serious disease. It makes the stomach enlarge and leads to vomit and belch as it prevents air and other fluid to reach the stomach. Moreover, the most symptoms of bloating are salivating, restlessness, enlargement of the stomach area, and retching and inability to vomit. Though there are some breeds that are more susceptible to it, Gastric Torsion can affect any dog at any age.

It mostly affects the large breed of dogs and those who have a deep chest like Boxers, German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Great Danes, Weimaraners, and Bloodhounds. Small and middle size dogs are not at much risk except Dachshunds and Basset Hounds who have long, deep and broad chests.

Kidney Diseases

Kidney disease in dogs is the most common chronic disease that occurs on its own over its lifetime. Sometimes, it may develop due to the complications caused by medications and other severe diseases like Lyme. Unfortunately, most of the times, kidney disease is not curable and preventable. Dogs with this problem usually suffer from kidney failure or kidney damage. However, acute kidney disease can be cured as it is caused by various reasons such as infections, poisoning, toxicity, and complication from some medicines. Dogs experiencing Gastric Torsion may suffer from high fever change in water intake, vomiting, change in appetite, change in urination, or improper urination.

Therefore, to avoid the occurrence of acute kidney disease in dogs, you should keep the human medicines away from them unless it is advised by your vet. Moreover, the taste of antifreeze is a dog’s favorite but it is highly poisonous. Even a low dose of antifreeze can harm the health of your doggy. It is best to keep them away. Also make aware that your dogs do not lick the garage, floors, winterized pipes or any such place where they can find antifreeze.

Lyme Diseases

Lyme is the most common tick-borne disease which is highly preventable. It is caused due to a bacteria transmitted by deer ticks which feed slowly and get attached to the dog for at least 20 hours. The prime symptom of this disease is lameness in limbs and that too it shifts from one leg to another one over a certain period of time. Moreover, low appetite and stiffness may also occur in dogs. It may lead to serious kidney problems and sometimes cause Kidney damage or failure. Lyme can be cured with the treatment of antibiotics that continues for a month or sometimes more than five weeks. However, it may possible that it does not prevent completely.  The best way to protect your dogs from Lyme is to keep him away from such areas which are tick prone.

Cancer

Cancer is the most severe disease that can sometimes lead to the death of the dog. There are multiple varieties of canine cancer that are most likely to be found in dogs. According to a study, about 50 percent of dogs who are ten years older or above may develop some kind of cancer that can even cause their death. The faster to suspect this disease, the highly effective you treat cancer, the more chances of dog to survive! Moreover, the chief signs of cancer in the dogs are lumps on the skin, change in appetite, weight loss, unusual odor, and lethargy.

Lymphoma is the most common type of canine cancer. It is a mast tumor of low grade in the skin and is easily preventive. However, environmental and genetic factors play the most significant role in cancer treatment. Dogs suffering from canine cancer require best and effective health care. The other cause of this cancer is dog junk food. The ingredients used in dog food give rise to cancer. Make sure to check the labels in the food packets and avoid buying items that contain BHA, BHT, and ethoxyquin.

Fungal Diseases

Fungal diseases are transmitted through airborne spores as fungi live in soil and mud. Dogs that play in soil or inhales contaminated soil are most likely to get the fungal disease. Some of the fungal are worst than the others as it can not only affect the skin of your dog but it can also affect the entire body such as brain, lungs, liver, and kidney. The latter you suspect, the more deadly it will be! Moreover, there is mainly our kind of fungal diseases that affect the whole body. They are valley fever, cryptococcosis, histoplasmosis, and blastomycoses. Among these four, Valley fever is the most serious, dangerous, severe, and life-threatening fungal disease.

Cataracts

Cataract is mainly found in senior and old dogs. It affects the vision of your pet. Not only the age factor, but certain other diseases also give rise to cataract.

Kennel Cough

Kennel cough is common in dogs. There is nothing as such that can be avoided but yes, of course, kennel cough sounds bad and is similar to the common cold which we, human, experiences. The best way to cure this disease is to take good care of your dog and give enough rest and relaxation with plenty of rich food and water. Moreover, your vet will give antibiotics for better treatment and dog vaccination is also necessary.

Fleas and Ticks

Flea and ticks are kinds of external parasites. It is the most severe disease that causes poison and toxicity in the blood and leads to the death of a dog. The latter you found the fleas, the worst will be the situation! If your vet detects this disease, it can be prevented usually with monthly preventive treatments. Moreover, try to educate yourself to protect your doggy from parasites.

Heartworm

Heartworm is a kind of internal parasite. It develops inside the heart and lungs of the dog. Dogs with severe cases of heartworm may not always survive. It can be prevented through modern vaccination and if left untreated it can lead to the death of the dog.

If you like our content, do let us know in the comment box and share it with others.

 

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Take care of your pets and keep them fit… Because happy pet means a happy you!

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