6 common health problems in dogs
Although normally well-cared dogs do not get sick very often, there are still some health problems. We must take measures to keep dogs healthy and minimize the incidence of problems. Also, regular veterinary examinations can help you find health problems in dogs. Always watch your dog for any signs of illness. Many health problems can affect dogs.
Obesity is one of the fastest-growing health problems seen in dogs. It's also one of the most preventable. Obesity can lead to serious health issues like diabetes, heart disease, and orthopaedic problems. Fortunately, obesity can be prevented (and can usually be reversed) through proper diet and exercise.
2. Skin Issues
Many dogs experience a variety of skin issues. Itching and scratching are typical signs of skin issues in dogs. The skin may also appear red, inflamed, flaky, scaly or otherwise abnormal. There are several reasons a dog may develop skin problems, including allergies, parasites, and more. If your dog is constantly scratching or chewing, or if the skin appears abnormal, see your vet before your dog becomes downright miserable.
Arthritis is defined as inflammation of a joint or multiple joints in the body. In dogs, the most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, also called Degenerative Joint Disease. Osteoarthritis most often occurs in seniors, though it may also be an effect of old injuries. The good news is that it can typically be managed. If you suspect your dog has osteoarthritis, talk to your vet about the options.
There are so many reasons a dog can develop vomiting. While you don't need to rush to the vet every time your dog throws up, it's also not something to ignore. Vomiting can be a sign of toxicity, gastrointestinal blockage, or other serious diseases. The cause can also be as simple as a dietary indiscretion. Don't try to guess; if your dog keeps vomiting, you should get your vet involved.
Diarrhea may accompany vomiting or simply occur on its own. The potential causes of diarrhea are similar to those of vomiting. While one or two episodes of diarrhea are no emergency, ongoing diarrhea can lead to dehydration. See your vet if diarrhea persists, or if it accompanies vomiting and lethargy.
Parasites are everywhere in your dog's world. They may be external parasites, like fleas and ticks, or internal parasites like heartworms and intestinal worms. Fortunately, there ways to prevent parasites from attacking your dog, usually with monthly preventive treatments. Educate yourself about canine parasites so you can protect your dog.