Common Dog Health Issues

Dogs are just like us humans, they get health issues.  Ranging from problems with skin, ear infections, eye infections, ingrown hairs, problems with nails, to more serious conditions like cancers and much more.  There are certainly some issues that are quite more common than others, and almost every dog and dog owner will have to deal with in their pet’s lifetime.  So let’s dive in, and have a K9 conversation about some of the more common issues facing dogs health today.

As a note, if anything is of concern, it is always our advice and the best advice to contact your vet, speaking with a medical professional about your dogs’ health is key and paramount.

Skin Issues in Dogs

Red, flaky, inflamed skin.  Your dog may itch and scratch a particular area until it becomes red and raw.  Dogs more commonly have allergies and have contact dermatitis to their surroundings.  Sometimes it can be chemicals used to treat the yard (especially if they like to roll around it in) or maybe even the detergent you use to clean the sheets, covers, pillows, beds, toys and much more than your pet comes in contact with.

Dog Urinary Tract Infections – UTI

Has your normally well behaved and well-trained dog started peeing more frequently?  Maybe even peeing in the house?  Increase thirst, and increase urination, along with the inability to hold it causing them to pee in the house can be a sign of a urinary tract infection in your dog.  Other symptoms include bloody urine, lethargy, and whining due to pain.

Parasites in Dogs

Parasites, they sound nasty and they can be.  Ranging from Fleas & Ticks, to Heartworms and intestinal worms.  Prevention here is key.  Check out our post on heartworms here.  If your dog does get intestinal worms, a simple de-worming may be all they need.  Preventing Fleas and Ticks is very easy to do with a monthly medicine.  Prevention here is the best medicine.

Dental Disease

Yup, just like your dogs’ humans, dogs need to take care of their teeth.  Without proper cleanings, your dog can end up with tooth decay, gum diseases and more.  It’s not just bad breath.  Here again, prevention is key.

Ear Infections in Dogs

Ear infections are never fun.  If you notice your dog scratching their ear a lot, rubbing the ear on sofas, pillows, walls and more. They may have an ear infection.  As it gets worse, infections can cause discharge from the ear.  Sometimes these infections accompany skin issues or allergies a dog may have.  Make sure to check with your vet if you think your dog has an ear infection.

Wrapping Up Common Health Issues With Dogs

Thanks for stopping by for today’s K9 Conversation.  As with most health-related things, prevention is key and an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  So make sure to keep up with regular check-ups and give your pup the preventative medicines they need.