The Most Common Dog Diseases
Wed, April 14, 2021

The Most Common Dog Diseases

Just like us, when conditions are not right, our dogs could also become vulnerable to diseases. As dog owners, we should be able to recognize if there is something wrong with our pets with a list of signs and symptoms / Photo by: Aleksey Boyko via Shutterstock

 

Living conditions are worsening, especially for those living in urban areas. However, many people still flock to the cities to work and earn their keep. Others also choose to keep pets in their homes, even if the conditions are not really that suitable.

Just like us, when conditions are not right, our dogs could also become vulnerable to diseases. As dog owners, we should be able to recognize if there is something wrong with our pets with a list of signs and symptoms. We should already know about the kinds of common diseases our dogs may contract, even if there is a possibility that they won't catch them anyway. According to an article on the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals page, a non-profit organization that helps protect animals from human cruelty and abuse, there are certain diseases that can impact dogs at home.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) page, the main website of the AVMA for information on pet health, some areas can be more prone to certain diseases. This could be due to factors like the weather, heat index, availability of livestock, people’s population, and so on. In certain cases, humans can spread diseases to their dogs, which can include influenza, kennel cough, and ringworm.

We all agree that our dog can give us the companionship and love that no other pet can provide. So, it is just essential to make sure that that we are familiar with some of the most common diseases that they can get, and the kinds of symptoms we have to look out for.

Health Problems

An article on the WebMD page, a website that provides health information for both humans and pets, lists the most common health problems that our canine buddies can have. Although there are more diseases that dogs can fall ill to, these conditions are the most common for pets at home.

(*) Ear infections

This is one of the most common canine infections your pet may get. Some factors include having allergies, mites, too much hair growing near the ear area, and bacteria. If you think your dog has an ear infection, you might want to look out for the following signs:

- unusual odor coming from the ear
- balance problems
- shaking of the head or tilting
- liquid discharge from the ear
- redness
- scratching

If you find that your pet exhibits these symptoms, then make sure that you bring your dog to your veterinarian. Most situations would just warrant some cleaning of the ear area for the infection to go away. In more serious situations, surgery could be suggested by the doctor, especially if it is a chronic condition.

This is one of the most common canine infections your pet may get. Some factors include having allergies, mites, too much hair growing near the ear area, and bacteria / Photo by: Christian Mueller via Shutterstock

 

(*) Worms

We all know that there could be some parasites inside our bodies. This is also true for our pet dogs. Some of the most common parasites are tapeworms, hookworms, and roundworms. As these parasites have a negative effect on humans as well, you can check some of the signs if you suspect your dog has an infestation:

- Diarrhea, which may have blood in some cases
- Loss of weight
- Appetite change
- Dry fur or coat
- Vomiting, which can include the presence of worms

A vet visit is required for such a condition. In most cases, the treatment will depend on the breed of your dog. Oral medications can be administered by the vet, or instructions can be given to you to mix it with the dog food. Never treat the condition by yourself. Medications will sometimes work on specific worms.

(*) Fleas and ticks

Perhaps one of the most common conditions that your dog can encounter, being infested with fleas or ticks can give your pet a hard and uncomfortable life. However, they are very easy to treat, especially these days when shampoos and powders can be used to kill these bugs. Some of the symptoms will include the following:

- Hair loss
- Spots
- Allergies
- Flea dirt, which looks like black dots on the skin of your pet
- Scratching and licking

Make sure that you treat this condition before it worsens as it could become fatal. Ask your veterinarian for the right type of medicine to be used to remove these bugs.

Perhaps one of the most common conditions that your dog can encounter, being infested with fleas or ticks can give your pet a hard and uncomfortable life. However, they are very easy to treat / Photo by: PixieMe via Shutterstock

 

(*) Vomiting and Diarrhea

There will be moments wherein your dog may vomit or have diarrhea. It can happen once or twice, but you should be able to know the exact cause. Ir could be due to a parasitic infestation, infection, swollen stomach lining, problems in the pancreas, kidney issues, and heatstroke. As for diarrhea, it could be due to food problems, parvo virus, and even stress.

Your veterinarian will definitely need to check your pet further to determine what is causing your dog's discomfort. What matters is that you are prepared to handle these situations right by your dog's side.