As with humans, dogs may experience various health issues throughout their lives. While certain diseases or illnesses may be preventable or hereditary, it’s still essential to be aware of common dog health problems so you can be prepared when taking your pup to see his veterinarian and assist him in recovering from illness or injury he might encounter.
Diarrhea is a common problem among dogs that results in loose, sometimes bloody stool that often stems from infection by viruses or pathogens; sometimes even vomiting may follow this form of illness. Luckily, treatment with oral antibiotics and fluid therapy typically proves successful for treating it effectively.
2. Intestinal Parasites
Internal parasites can be a serious issue for dogs, leading to symptoms like malnutrition, dehydration, weight loss and anemia. They include intestinal worms (roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms), heartworms and microscopic single-celled parasites such as Coccidia and Giardia; vaccination against these infections is available as is treatment using oral medications as well as monthly treatments targeted directly against internal parasites.
Joint issues are an increasingly prevalent problem among older dogs, but younger animals can also be affected. Symptoms may differ depending on which breed, but typically include trouble getting up off of the floor or walking, difficulty with moving around, weight loss and difficulty sitting or standing up again. Treatment usually entails medications, diet change, supplements and physical therapy to alleviate pain and inflammation.
4. Canine Autoimmune Diseases
Autoimmune diseases in dogs are serious health conditions, requiring a complete examination, blood work, genetic testing and imaging studies such as x-rays or MRI’s to properly identify and establish treatment. Although hereditary in nature, these issues can also result from vaccination reactions or certain antibiotics like Sulfa antibiotics.
Fungus Infections Dogs often develop fungal infections that lead to itchy skin or ear infections that require medicating with topical ointments or antibiotics in order to get relief. While they may seem harmless at first glance, fungi infections can often result in uncomfortable symptoms for your pet – which you will then need to address through treatment methods that include topical treatments or oral medicines if symptoms persist.
Dogs are more prone to heatstroke than people, and its consequences can be deadly if left unchecked and treated promptly. This is especially true if your canine has an existing medical condition such as heart or kidney disease.
7. Other Health Issues Your pet could also encounter various other health problems, including dental disease, eye disorders and digestive upset. All are treatable; it is however crucial that any new or worsening symptoms be brought immediately to the attention of a veterinarian as soon as possible – they have trained extensively to recognize any early warning signs in their patients so always consult them first!
Though you should abide by your veterinarian’s advice, you are your own dog’s most effective advocate. Only you understand his behavior best and should remain alert for any changes or symptoms that could indicate an underlying issue. If any doubt arises as to your pet’s wellbeing, do not hesitate to reach out – Hastings Veterinary Hospital offers appointment booking for this very purpose!