Almost everyone would agree that no one or nothing can compare to a dog’s loyalty and love for his humans. That is why we need to take care of them. Since they depend on us for everything, especially with their health, it is only logical for us to be familiar with our dog’s most common health problems. Read on to learn more.
Ear infections in dogs
One of the most common health problems a dog can have is an ear infection. It can be caused by bacteria, yeast, ear mites, growths, or cancer. Here are the signs and symptoms:
- Excessive ear scratching
- The ear canal is unusually red
- Swelling in the outer part of the ear
- Yellow or black discharges from the ear
The best person to talk to if you suspect it’s an ear infection is your vet. He will give you medications to help with the swelling. Your vet will be the one to determine whether the infection is severe enough to warrant surgery.
Worms in dogs
Roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, and tapeworms are some of the most common parasites afflicting dogs. Worm infestation can make your pet uncomfortable, and some, like hookworms, can be fatal for puppies. What are the signs and symptoms of worms in dogs?
- Appetite changes
- A coat that is dry and rough
- There is weight loss
- Scooting is common
You may suspect that your pooch has worms, but the best way to know for sure is to visit the vet. A test will be performed to determine the type of parasites your dog has. Treatment is usually in oral form and is given right away. You may be asked to visit the vet after a certain period for a follow-up check-up. Self-medication is not recommended as the treatment is based on the type of worms your dog has.
Fleas have an impressive reproductive ability. One female can multiply by the thousands in just a few weeks. Thankfully, the critters are easy to eradicate. Follow the treatment plan to the detail; it should not be hard to get rid of fleas once and for all. Signs include:
- Hot spots
- Loss of hair
You can ask your vet about flea control and management. He will give you a recommendation as to the best treatment plan you can follow for your pooch.
It’s called hot spot because of the affected area is hot to the touch. Its medical term is acute moist dermatitis, and it’s caused by a bacterial skin infection. Fleas are known to create hot spots, and if it is left untreated, it can quickly grow massive. The two most common signs of hot spots are excessive scratching, and your dog may chew on a specific area of his skin relentlessly.
Vomiting can be a common health problem in dogs with a lot of possible causes – such as infections, kidney failure, dehydration, poisoning, heatstroke, intestinal obstruction and a lot more.
Signs and symptoms include drooling and abdominal heaving. If you see blood in your dog’s vomit and if he is lethargic, treat it is an emergency case. You need to bring your pooch to the vet right away.