To keep your pet healthy, an annual visit to the veterinarian is advised, but whatever it is, you should pay close attention to your pet’s behavior.
He will not tell you that he is suffering, but you will be able to detect it: lack of appetite, aggressiveness, any unusual behavior can be the sign of a malfunction and will require an appointment with their veterinarian.
Here are the common medical conditions in dogs which induce the owners of animals to consult a veterinarian.
10 Common Diseases of Dogs
- Ear infections
- Skin Allergies
- Renal failure
- Gastritis and associated vomiting
- Diarrhea and enteritis
- Eye infections
Preventive care can significantly reduce or eliminate the risk of these health problems.
Obesity can be avoided by providing controlled and measured meals and by having it exercise safely and appropriately.
Parasites can be avoided by ensuring that their immune system is maximized through a carefully selected diet adapted to their breed, keeping your dog clean and well groomed, and using preventive measures including a range of products ranging from flea and anti-tick collars to localized treatments, mixtures of essential oils and diatomaceous earth.
Ear infections can be prevented or significantly reduced in frequency by cleaning the ears regularly and appropriately.
While all the canine health problems mentioned can affect a dog regardless of its breed, some tend to appear more frequently in certain breeds and types.
Bloating is more common in dogs with a deep chest, and most commonly occurs in the Great Danes, followed by the St. Bernards and the Weimar Braques. Since bloating is a medical emergency and can affect a dog regardless of its breed or if it is a bastard, it is best to ask a vet a few tips to avoid bloating and how to recognize the symptoms if, despite all your efforts, your dog suffers from bloating.
At the same time, ear infections are very common in dogs with pendulous ears and appear more rarely in dogs with erect ears. However, all dogs can have ear infections, so it is important that each dog owner learn the correct method to clean the ears, to do it often and to monitor the symptoms of ear infections (shake their heads, touching his ears, never ceasing to scratch his ears, etc.).
Also, consider the age of your dog – older dogs are more likely to suffer from bloating and have arthritis. Some parasites appear to appear more commonly in puppies than in adult dogs.
Some health problems from the list may increase the risk factor for certain canine diseases, creating a real domino effect of dog health problems.
Dermatological allergies and flea bites can both contribute to the development of sensitive spots.
Obesity is a factor that contributes to the development of arthritis. Hypothyroidism can contribute to obesity and skin problems.
Diarrhea and vomiting may be symptomatic of internal parasites.
External parasites can cause internal parasites (fleas can transmit tapeworm, mosquitoes can transmit heartworm). In addition, some parasites common in dogs can be transmitted to humans, such as roundworms and hookworms.
Some of the health problems (diarrhea, vomiting, urinary tract infection) are also common reasons for a visit to the veterinarian. If you think your dog has a problem with urinary tract infection (among the symptoms there is: pain when the dog urinates, urinates more frequently, there is blood in the urine, drinks too much) your veterinarian will likely ask you for a urine sample from your dog and bring it during your visit for testing. Just like in men, a prescription of antibiotics is generally advised in the treatment of urinary tract infection.
Just as there may be dozens or even hundreds of reasons for diarrhea and vomiting in men, there is a whole host of reasons for these diseases to manifest in your dog. Your dog may have made garbage cans and consumed something that did not suit him, maybe you’ve changed his meals recently and he does not adjust to the new diet, maybe he has eaten too much or too much quick.
Dogs may have diarrhea when they are very nervous or vomit because they are sick in the car. Vomiting and diarrhea are not diseases; these are symptoms of another problem.
In close collaboration with your veterinarian, draw up a plan for total well-being, which should include high-quality food with high meat content, sufficient exercise, well adapted to the dog, visits to the veterinarian at least once a year, and mental stimulation in the form of training and games.
The happiest and healthier dogs are dogs that have very good behavior and excellent physical condition.