Dogs are susceptible to any number of health problems that can cause mild to severe illness. Here are five common dog health problems to look out for.
Important note to start with…
This article is not to be used in place of seeing your vet, but rather, to make you aware of certain dog health problems, and what may cause them. Always seek confirmation from your vet about any health conditions and their corresponding treatment.
Compulsive scratching, licking or chewing
There are many reasons why your dog might scratch, lick or chew areas of their body, and while it might begin as an innocent pursuit, it can turn into a serious health condition very quickly.
Areas that are scratched, licked and chewed can quickly become red and irritated, and with continual licking and scratching, the affected area can become very painful.
There are a variety of reasons why your dog might display this type of behaviour:
· Allergies to foods or things within their environment
· Boredom, fear or anxiety
· Hormonal imbalances
· An imbedded object, such as a thorn
· Fleas, ticks and mites
No matter what the reason, treatment is recommended as soon as possible.
Bad breath is an unpleasant or foul smell that comes from your dog’s mouth, and it’s usually caused by dental problems, gum disease, diet or bacteria in the mouth, gut or lungs. However, there may be other more serious causes such as liver problems, so it’s best to get your dog’s bad breath checked by the vet.
Vomiting is common in dogs, and you can usually tell when your dog is about to vomit because they become anxious, lower their head and start making heaving motions and noises.
Dogs vomit for a number of reasons, here are some common causes:
· Car sickness
· Overeating or eating too quickly
· An inappropriate level of exercise before or after eating
There are other causes that can indicate something far more serious, like: poisoning, parvovirus, cancer, diabetes and kidney failure.
To your dog’s healthEven the healthiest dog will get sick from time to time. As long as you remain vigilant, take your dog to the vet for regular check ups, and take them to the vet when they’re feeling sick, you can hopefully fix any health problems before they become serious health conditions.