Health problems are part of life, even if we would all avoid thinking about them. While an average, well-groomed dog does not tend to get sick very often, some health issues can still arise.
Dog health problems can range from infections to cancers, and it’s the dog owners responsibility to educate himself about what illnesses are out there. We’ve put together a list of the top 10 most common health problems for dogs; some are not so serious while others will need more advanced care.
These are the most common health problems for dogs
Arthritis is a joint(s) inflammation common in older dogs. It gradually affects activity, so the dog will move around less and take more time getting up from lying or seated positions.
Unfortunately, arthritis cannot be cured, but two things can help slow down the progression: a balanced diet adapted to his age and needs and regular walks.
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Heartworms are internal parasites widespread in dogs. They grow inside the heart and lungs, feeding on your dog’s blood. If left untreated, heartworms can kill your dog.
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There is a wide range of allergies that can affect your dog, like food allergies, fleas, tick bites and many others. The first and most important step is to be able to identify any change in behaviour when exposed to something new. Consistent coughing, sneezing, skin rash and lack of energy can all be symptoms. Allergies can be treated by modifications in the diet, or by medications and shampoos depending on its type.
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4. Kennel Cough
Kennel cough is very common, and sadly it’s not something that can be avoided. Leaky nose, loss of appetite and lethargy can all by signs of kennel cough. Your vet might prescribe antibiotics in severe cases. Make sure you give your dog plenty of rest, food and water.
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Cataracts are not limited to older dogs; they can develop at any phase of his life. Trauma, untreated diabetes for a long period or even birth problems can all cause cataracts in dogs; and just like humans, it can really affect their vision.
Read more about cataracts.
6. Ear Infections
Ear infections cause dogs to shake their heads and scratch their ears more often. If left untreated, they can lead to severe damage. Skin problems and can also accompany ear infections and can be linked to allergies. Preventing ear infections is possible with regular cleaning of your dog’s ear.
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Nearly every dog will get fleas at some point in their lives. With the right medication, fleas can be easily treated. However, ticks, another type of parasites are much more severe and can lead to blood poisoning and even death.
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8. Broken Bones
Dogs usually avoid showing signs of pain, but broken bones can be very common. Keep an eye out for symptoms like limping, lumps or bones protruding from the skin and whining when touched.
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No one wants to imagine their dog getting cancer, but unfortunately, they are just like humans, will often develop cancers as they age. The early the detection is, the better chance for recovery is possible.
Read more about dog cancer.
10. Dental disease
Dog owners often assume that bad breath is a normal issue in their dogs so they tend to overlook dental diseases in general. The plaque and tartar in the dog’s mouth harbour dangerous bacteria, causing damage to the teeth and gums.
Read more about dental diseases in dogs.