We love our pets. They are part of the family. When pet health issues arise it can be both scary and stressful for the whole family. We depend on our dogs for love and friendship. And they depend on us too. It is important to recognize the signs of dog health issues so you can help your pet when he needs it. Some of the more common dog health problems are easy to diagnose outside of fleas, parasites, and ear infections.
When it comes to health issues dogs have many prospectives to choose from. One common dog health problem is hot spots. Hots spots are those bare, inflamed, red areas you often see on dogs and it is a bacterial skin infection. Any irritant on the skin of your dog that is enough to make him scratch or chew excessively can lead to the pain and itch of hot spots, which, if left untreated, can quickly grow larger. The treatment of hot spots vary on how bad they are and may involve cleaning and shaving the irritated area, antibiotics, anti inflammatory drugs, steroids, or topical medications, depending on how bad the hot spots are.
Vomiting is yet another common dog health problem, with a huge number of possible causes,including infection or intestinal parasites, pancreatitis, kidney failure, heatstroke, or poisoning. The symptoms are blatant and include abdominal heaving and drooling caused by nausea. If the vomiting is paired with diarrhea, blood in the vomit, lethargy, or an inability to hold down liquids, contact your vet right away to prevent deadly dehydration. The treatment for vomiting will be reliant on its cause. It might include fluid therapy, drugs, and homemade foods like cooked skinless chicken, boiled potatoes, and rice.
Diarrhea is a very unfortunate and some might say icky dog health problem. It can have many causes, just like vomiting. It could be stress, infections, intestinal parasites, or food problems. The symptoms are pretty obvious. Be sure your dog has tons of clean water available, then take your pooch to the vet if the diarrhea persists for more than a day.
Your dog cannot verbally tell you about his dog health problems, so you need to keep your eyes open to dog health problem signs. He is counting on you to keep him healthy.