10 common dog health problems and controls
The reality is that, just as humans your dog can get sick and the best way to protect and care for their complete health is with routine veterinarian visit that can identify any changes. It is not easy to know when your dog is sick but some of the signs are: if they stop eating, they are slummy or just regularly tired. Seeing them in abnormal pains, they might be limping, sometime they can vocalize. They can start eating less, start vomiting or diarrhoea, if they become less social and are hiding. These are signs as a dog owner should alert you something is wrong and your dog is not acting normal. This is when it is best to consult your veterinarian. There are many health issues that can affect dogs. The following are the most common.
- Skin issues
Dogs can have many skin issues. If your dog is scratching a lot, has red skin, is rolling on the ground a lot to reduce itching, the skin is inflamed and coat look abnormal it might be sick. Skin issues can be caused by allergies, parasites, ticks and fleas on your dog. You do not want your dog to be downright miserable, if you notice these signs take it to the veterinarian for check-up.
For the allergy condition the veterinarian can recommend an over the counter antihistamine. If the itching persists an anti-itch medication can be given.
For flea prevention the dog can be given a pill for ingestion or topical treatment applied monthly on your dog or sprayed to kill the fleas.
Running your hand during grooming on your dog body will help feel if there is any lump, growth which can be a cause of cancer and should be examined by your veterinarian immediately.
You can use a Rinsekit, a pressurised modern shower when giving your dog a bath during grooming as it allows you to adjust the water and make bathing time fun for your dog. it is a very affordable item ,portable it can be carried even on outdoor activities,be it hike or road trip, a trip to the beach and still ensure your pet is clean always.
Diarrhoea can dehydrate your dog if it is regular. It can make your dog weak and often accompany vomiting. If it is often it is good to see your veterinarian to avoid even death of your dog if serious. Diarrhoea is one of the most common signs of illness reported by dog owners which is characterized by the passing of watery or very soft stools. It is unpleasant experience to your dog and will make you worried if often. It can be brought about by infectious diseases, intestinal parasites or your dog has ingested toxic food from the trash. Consult your veterinarian if it is frequent in small time span, has blood, your dog is unresponsive, your dog abdomen seem painful or you suspect your dog ingested a toxic body.
- Ear infection
A dog ear is a fairly complex structure. Dogs with ear infection will have a lot of yeast and bacteria in the ears, which can cause infection and itching. You will see your dog shaking it head and trying to scratch. If the infection is not checked bad odour and discharge will start coming out of the ear which will not be good for your dog. The violent shake of your dog can rupture the blood vessel in the ear. This should be checked by your veterinarian fast. Due to wax and debris ensure when grooming your dog to clean the ears to prevent ear infection. Check our dog wipes that you can use.
Vomiting can be okay if it is just a normal dietary indiscretion, you do not have to rush to see your veterinarian. A dog can vomit due to gastrointestinal blockage or eat a toxic substance. It should not be taken lightly if your dog is throwing up after every few hours. It can be accompanied by diarrhoea, loss of appetite and lethargy. A veterinarian will come in handy when your dog vomiting is frequent in a row after several hours, if your dog has ingested a toxic product or your dog shows extreme lethargy.
Dogs are attacked by parasites mostly ticks, fleas, worms and intestinal worms. Your dog can be treated internally and externally. For parasites like ticks and fleas you can apply treatment or spray monthly or a pill can be ingested to kill the worms and parasites. A flea can cause flea allergic, Dermatitis, anaemia and tapeworm infection to your dog. Dog bathing with shampoos can also help in flea elimination. Natural essential oils and herbs can be applied on your dog skin and coat but ensure they are not poisonous.
Heartworm prevention best approach is to kill the tiny heartworm larvae before they mature into dangerous adults which is given monthly.
6. Dental disease
Dental hygiene is very important, bad breath and plague in your dog teeth is not a pleasant sight. Dental disease is known as periodontal disease. That plague and tartar in your dog mouth harbour dangerous bacteria that damage teeth and gum. This is one area you should focus on when grooming your dog and you can get your dog a toothbrush and toothpaste (details in our dog grooming article) to take care of its’ hygiene. The accumulation of plague and tartar can move to your dog bloodstream and cause kidney failure and heart diseases.
Ever felt bad when your children leave that yummy chicken on their plate when full and you do not want to throw it out in the dustbin it ends up with your dog. This excess feeding can lead to obese for your dog and eventually diabetes, heart diseases and orthopaedic problems. Obesity is a serious problem but can be managed through proper diet and exercises. the market has a variety of toys that you can buy for your dog to play and exercise.Make a schedule for your dog walks and exercise and keep it fit. This can be controlled by the dog owner as it is as simple as 123.
Ever heard of dogs with painful joints or inflammation of joints in the body. Arthritis is defined as inflammation of a joint or multiple joints in the body. Good news is that this can be handled. We have dog beds for these dogs with this medical condition and supplements. Pet bounce can be used for ailing dogs and cats.The most common arthritis is Osteoarthritis called degenerative joint disease which occurs in senior dogs. This is caused by wear and tear of the joints or injury.
If it is caused by obesity ensure to exercise your dog and give good diet. You can also get a comfortable dog bed designed for these dogs with joint injuries and pain, for pain relieving and reducing pressure from the joints.
- Urinary tract infection
Urinary tract infections are among the most common health issues seen in dogs. Is your dog sudden peeing everywhere and drinking a lot of water? Does it urine smell bad or has blood? It could be a sign of UTI. It might irritate you and you might think your dog is not house trained or has behavioural issues. Not at all might it be suffering from UTI. Common causes of lower UTI is the presence of glucose in the urine. If you notice this bring your dog to the veterinarian for check-up to treat any infection.
- Eye infection
Your dog eyes should not be watery always. It should be bright in colour. If the eyes are dull and have yellowish discharge your dog could be allergic to something, has an infection or another underlying issue. Check and observe your dog, how long has the eyes been having discharge, does it have a bad odour, are the eyes bloodshot? If you answered yes this might be alarming and need the attention of a veterinarian. Bloodshot eyes does not necessarily mean your dog is sick it can be stressed but visit your veterinarian for proper medical check-up to rule out anything serious.
This is a small pinch of all the health problems your dog can have. To ensure your dog is not suffering in silence, if you observe any signs let it be examined. We have just picked the common few that have been reported by many dog owners to their veterinarians and groomers.