Feb
22
2015

6 Common Dog Health Issues

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Usually the dog in our lives is happy and healthy, free from any issues.  Sometimes though, like us, our dogs get sick.  It’s important to know what the possible issues might be so you can handle them and know whether you should take your dog to the vet. Here are six of the most common dog health issues you may face, and some ways to help your canine buddy overcome them.

One is diarrhoea.  It can be caused by viruses like parvovirus, parasites, or food issues.  If you see anything that looks like blood in the stool, you should get your dog to the vet right away.  Otherwise, monitor his condition and make sure he has plenty of water to keep him from getting dehydrated.  If the food you are feeding is one of the less expensive types; he may have eaten something like corn or wheat gluten, which he may be allergic to.  Try switching to a top quality dog food and see if that helps him feel better.

Next is fleas.  Fleas can spread rapidly and cover your pet in biting pests. It’s easy to get fleas from other animals or just by being in an area where fleas are prevalent.  You may see your dog biting at an area or scratching excessively; both can open the skin and lead to secondary infections, so it’s important to treat them right away.  There may be what looks like salt and pepper in their bed which is flea larvae and dirt.  Failing to treat fleas may lead to tapeworms, blood loss, or infections.  A flea treatment is warranted, and some good ones are available from Husse.

Worms might not be transmitted just by fleas.  They can be picked up from other infected dogs or contaminated soils in parks. Tapeworms, roundworms, heartworms and other parasites are not just irritating, they can be fatal; especially to puppies and older dogs.  Worms may be on the outside causing dry patches or skin irritation or they can be seen like rice grains in stool.  Your dog may scoot along the ground because his bum is irritated by the parasites., a change in appetite or dramatic weight loss might be a sign too.  Seek veterinary help for worms – you’ll need a deworming treatment from a vet or your local franchisee.

Ear infections are also common; they have any number of causes, from mites and bacteria to yeast infections and allergies.  A good diet with high quality dog food can help keep down allergies and even reduce yeast infection chances. You may also need to use some ear drops to treat the infection.  How do you know if your dog has an infection?  You may see your dog shake its head or scratch its ear constantly.  Bad infections may lead to balance issues because of the infection affecting the inner ear or to noticeable odours, you may even see redness or swelling on the ear.

Hot spots on the skin may be caused by bacteria, fungi, or fleas.  They can result from the actual pest or from your dog chewing that area. Failing to treat the area can make the problem worse.  See a vet for a treatment course, and find a soothing treatment for your pet from a reliable pet care company.

Lastly, there is vomiting.  This is a common problem that can have any number of causes, and a variety of cures.  If it persists beyond a couple of hours, you may want to seek a vet’s attention.  It could be that they ate something they shouldn’t have, like sugar that made them sick and it just needs to be purged, they could have an infection or parasites. Make sure you help keep them hydrated because dehydration can lead to further problems.

By keeping attentive to the health of your dog, you can head off any potentially serious problems before they become drastic or expensive.  Many health issues can be easily treated and your pet will be happier and healthier for it.

Edited, original post by Husse UK

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