Dogs depend on us for their health being and it is important to be very attentive to them. If you find that your dog have some odd behaviors, then it is advisable to visit your nearest vet to check on it. Here are some of the main dog health problems.
1. Ear infections
This is a common
health problem that affects all canine. Ear infection is an irritating
condition that is mostly caused by allergies, ear termites, yeast, and
growth of hair in the deep ear canal or Bacteria. But how can you tell
that your dog is suffering from this condition? Just observing these
symptoms;- Head shaking or head tilting- Vigorous scratching- Ear odor-
Losing of balance- Swelling of the outer portion of the year- Yellow,
Brown or bloody discharge
Prevention - Make sure that your dog is
regularly cleaned to avoid the accumulation of the bacteria. Also ensure
that its kennel is regularly cleaned. It is also crucial to subject the
dog to regularly checks by a veterinarian.
2. Dogs and Worms
are parasites that reside inside the dog’s body and also all the other
living animals. If worms are not well controlled, they can deteriorate
the health of the dog greatly. There are many types of the worms
including the tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, and whip worms. Some like
the hookworms can be fatal especially in puppies. Look out for the
following symptoms- Diarrhea- sometimes bloody- A change in appetite-
Scooting on his bottom- Poor appearance
Prevention - make sure that
you have de-wormed your pet after every three months. Also make sure
that your dog’s feeding area and plates are always clean and have the
pet regularly checked by a doctor.
3. Vomiting and Diarrhea
is a health problem that is mostly caused by infections such as the
parvo virus. It may also be triggered by eating foods that are not
appropriate or swallowing objects. Most of these cases do not alert for
urgent attention but if it is from an infection immediate vet attention
is crucial. Here are main symptoms of this condition.- Abdominal
heaving- Drooling- Liquid
Prevention- Ensure that your dog is not
exposed to any inappropriate food and other small objects like the toys.
Also keep the feeding place and plates clean. It is also advisable to
have your dog regularly checked by a registered veterinarian.
4. Kennel Cough
is a very dangerous and highly contagious dog health problem. It is a
form of bronchitis well known to cause inflammation in the dog’s
windpipe and voice box. The condition is commonly contracted from
Prevention - Do not allow your dog to mix with strange
dogs in the neighborhood since they might be infected. Leave your dog
with a reputable day care or groomers to limit the chances of attracting
5. Dental Disease
This is a common condition in
canines especially those of the age below 2 years. It is very common in
puppies and it can cause death if not properly controlled. Periodontal
diseases and gum infections are the common dental diseases in this case.
Symptoms that are associated with dental diseases are smelly breath and
difficulty in eating.
Prevention- Check your dog’s dental regularly
and mostly the puppies. It is very important to clean their teeth worth
special gel that will eliminate the bacteria causing infections. Have
the veterinarian check on them regularly.
6. Dog Cancer
most common cancer in the dogs is a skin cancer. If you noticed that
your dog had some white patches on the ear tips or top of the nose, then
these are the signs of skin cancer. Other symptoms include swelling,
lumps, rapid weight loss and lameness.
Prevention - make sure that
your dog is regularly cleaned with proper detergents that have the
capacity to kill bacteria and fleas. Also, regular vet visits will help
in detecting the condition at an early stage.
Those are some of
the main dog health problems, their symptoms and also possible
prevention measures. Dogs are our best friends, and they require the
best medical attention from us.