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Common Health Issues in Dogs

dog healthWhen we have kids, we’re usually warned by family, by our physician or by books we read to keep us informed of what we are going to face, about the most common ailments our new baby may suffer. Because not everything can be expected, there may be exceptions, but we are better prepared.

Once we bring a new dog to our household, the same applies. Why wait until our dog is sick and maybe in danger of losing its life for us to do it? It may sound dog lovers who would never think that way, but there are thousands, perhaps millions, who don’t care.

Vaccination is just a preventive measure avoid and every dog owner should take to try some of dog health issues that are common and those significant. That is a must. But there are other problems a dog owner should be conscious of. Having to eliminate a companion due to lack of knowledge and proper attention that is fast is something nobody who cares about dogs should have to deal with. So sad and painful moments can be averted!

We’ll briefly mention some of those significant dog health issues you should keep in mind while owning a dog…

Worms

Yes, there are worms that our dogs are generally exposed to. Some are easier than others and some are more dangerous than others, to treat. We are not veterinarians better and to understand which worm has our dog obtained, so a visit to its physician is the best way to first, avoid complications and what to do yet, to remove them.

Some of the most common worms in a dog’s world are:

Roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, and whipworms are common parasites in dogs. Some of the signs to look for are:

* Diarrhea (may be bloody)

* Weight loss

* A rough coat

* Scooting

* A general appearance

Another of these parasites that can be fatal is the heartworm.

Like humans, dogs also can be bitten by mosquitoes. Mosquito born disorder is a real and current threat to dogs. It is easy to avoid if the dog owner keeps in mind that there’s a pill that can be administered to stop this.

Unfortunately, symptoms of heartworms in dogs only manifest themselves after heartworms have spread to very important arteries in the lungs. The lung inflammation will bring on energy loss or dizziness, which can cause a dog before sinking to a position to come up with a drunken walk, in addition to coughing or difficulty breathing. You, as a loving dog owner, would never wish to see your dog manifesting this important and sadly, common, dog health problem.

Fleas and Ticks

Ugh! These may use your dog as if it were a luxury hotel.

In the case of fleas, you’d be amazed to learn that it takes only three weeks for a single flea to become an infestation of thousands of biting bugs. Would you like your doggie companion to be exposed to this? Here are some signs of infestation:

* Excessive licking, scratching, or biting the skin

* Hair loss

* Hot spots

* Allergic dermatitis

* Flea dirt (looks like little black dots) from the dog’s skin

You should understand that they can reproduce so rapidly that they can become an absolute nightmare if not prevented. Ticks are parasites that can be found everywhere, from the deep woods to urban parks. And each year, thousands of dogs become infected with serious diseases transmitted by ticks. Throughout Canada and the United States, there are a number of ticks that carry a number of diseases such as ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, and anaplasmosis. Get acquainted with diseases and the ticks in your area. Are western black-legged puppy the deer, lone star dog or Gulf Coast tick living among you?

There are products that will assist you eliminate or control these common and important dog health issues. Because many factors must be taken under account before applying one of them to your dog, your veterinarian will recommend the best ones of course.

Ear Infections

The same as our kids, dogs can also become infected with this. Ear infections are a significant and common canine health problem. Allergies, yeast, ear mites, bacteria, hair growth deep in the ear canal, and more can cause these infections.

ear infection

Symptoms include:

* Head shaking

* Ear odor

* Vigorous scratching

* Lack of balance

* Unusual back-and-forth eye movements

* Redness

* Swelling

* Brown, yellow, or bloody discharge

Although some treatments are easy, like a good ear cleaning, others may require a trip to the vet.

Allergic Dermatitis

If you see your dog’s skin is rough or irritated and he’s biting, scratching or licking it more than normal he may be suffering from a skin condition, and your veterinarian may recommend tests to identify the exact reason.

Common causes include:

Allergies: Your pet may be allergic to food or environmental factors like mold, pollen or dust.

Parasites: Fleas, lice and mites can cause mild to severe skin irritation.

Hormonal Imbalances: Pets with too much or too little are prone to skin problems.

Diseases: Bacterial infections can lead to skin problems.

Arthritis and Joint Pain

Yes, we’re not the only ones to suffer strange changes. As dogs age their cartilage will start to degenerate and senior dogs may begin to suffer from arthritis and joint pain. Some breeds are more susceptible. These include Rottweilers, German Shepherds and Labradors, Golden Retrievers. Obese dogs also suffer from joint pain as excess weight puts stress on the limbs. Accidents can also damage the joints and allow them to rapidly deteriorate. And certain diseases can also cause this problem.

The preceding were some of the most common health issues to look out for to keep your dog healthy and happy for many years.