Common Dog Health Problems

Your dog’s health is important, and it is good to do regular check-ups, as you may be able to catch some diseases early to prevent complications or a worsening in condition; regular check-ups may also save money in the long run.

So here is a list of common dog ailments:

Ear Infections

Ear infections may be caused by yeast, allergies or even hair growth deep in the ear canal.

To see if your dog suffers from this, look for these symptoms

  • Frequent ear scratching
  • Shaking or tilting his head a bit too much
  • Redness of the ear
  • Ear odour
  • Loss of balance
  • Swelling
  • Yellow, brown or bloody discharge

If you notice these symptoms in your dog, please visit your veterinarian.

The problem can often times be fixed quickly with medication and cleaning, but surgery may be needed.

.dog with ear infection

Worms

This also happen to be a common problem in some children, and can be quite painful, and in puppies, hookworm can be fatal.

Symptoms

  • Bloody diarrhoea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Scooting on his bottom
  • Dry coat

dog with worms

Do not try to treat worms on your own, visit your veterinarian.

Fleas

Don’t you just hate when these creatures insist on tormenting you dog?

One flea can turn into 1,000 in a matter of three weeks.

Symptoms

  • Scratching
  • Excessive chasing the tail
  • Hair loss
  • And erratic behaviour, for example, barking at his tail

Have a talk with your vet about possible medication.

Also, see about regular baths with medicated and antibacterial soaps.

.dog with fleas

Urinary Tract Infection

If your dog is peeing often or is having accidents in the house when it has never done so before, you should probably take it to the vet, as your dog may suffer from Urinary Tract Infection. If you notice blood when your dog pees or if urinating looks particularly painful for him, contact your vet.

Obesity

I find it weird that dogs can become obese, I mean, doesn’t everyone exercise their dogs these days, and don’t they spend a lot of time burning off energy on their own as well?

But regardless of that, we should monitor the foods we feed our dogs. Be sure to limit the amount of human food we give them, as it tends to contain too much fat and salt.

Regular exercise and play time is important in dogs, (humans too), an exercised dog, is a dog that won’t be pestering you too much for affection and playing; he also won’t be trying to destroy your flower beds outside.

The health risks of obesity in dogs are the same in humans:

Diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis, and respiratory disorders just to name a few

dog obesity

Canine Parvovirus

Commonly called Parvo, this disease has become one of the most common and deadly viral infections in pet dogs.

While it affects dogs of all ages, young pups are more severely affected.

Symptoms

  • Vomiting
  • Bloody diarrhoea
  • Dehydration
  • Weight loss

If you suspect your dog may be affected by this, please contact your vet immediately.

Vaccines are available, but it has been shown that many dogs who were vaccinated still manage to be affected by it.