6 Most Common Health Issues in Dogs

Owners can all relate to wanting to keep their Dogs healthy and happy for as long as possible. As a dog owner myself I want to share all I learn and discover as we all have so much more to learn about these magnificent creatures.

Six Most Common Dog health Problems and Symptoms to look for 

Ear Infections (Caused by allergies, yeast, ear mites, hair growth deep in canal) 

  • head shaking or head tilting 
  • Ear Odor
  • Vigorous Scratching 
  • Lack of balance 
  • Unusual back and forth eye movements 
  • Redness of the ear canal
  • Swelling of the outer portion of the ear 
  • Brown, Yellow, or bloody discharge 

Dogs and Worms (Tapeworms, Roundworms, Hookworms and Whipworms)

  • Diarrhea
  • Weight Loss
  • A change in appetite
  • A rough, dry coat
  • Scooting on his bottom
  • Vomiting (with roundworms in particular)
  • An overall poor appearance

Fleas (Takes 3 weeks for one flea to turn into an infestation of 1000 biting bugs) 

  • Excessive scratching, licking or biting at the skin 
  • Hair Loss
  • Hot Spots
  • Allergic dermatitis (allergic response caused by contact)
  • Tapeworms (which are carried by fleas)
  • Flea Dirt (Looks like small black dots) against your dogs skin

Hot Spots (Acute Moist Dermatitis/bacterial skin infection)

  • Bare, inflamed, red areas
  • Treatment may include: shaving, cleaning irritated areas, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, or topical medication all depends on the severity of the hot spot.

 Vomiting (causes; infection, intestinal parasites to pancreatitis, kidney failure, heatstroke or poisoning) 

  •  Abdominal heaving 
  • Drooling caused by nausea 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Blood in vomit
  • lethargic
  • Treatment: fluid therapy, drugs to control vomiting, home made chicken (skin less), boiled potatoes and rice 

Diarrhea (stress, infection, parvo virus, intestinal parasites and food problems) 

  • Symptoms are pretty clear, loose watery, liquid stool 

Thanks for reading dog lovers. Have a great week!

As the fall season approaches please check out Scarves for Paws to stay warm!

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