10 Common Dog Health Problems

10 Common Dog Health Problems

here are a number of reasons your dog can become sick. While taking good care of your dog can decrease their risk of problems, there are still some health issues that can occur. Taking steps to keep your dog healthy can minimize the incidence of issues like these. In addition, seeing your vet for routine wellness exams can help you discover health problems before they get out of control. Always watch your dog for any signs of illness. There are many health issues that can affect dogs. The following are among the most common.

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    Skin Issues


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    Many dogs experience a variety of skin issues. Itching and scratching are typical signs of skin issues in dogs. The skin may appear red, inflamed, flaky, scaly or otherwise abnormal. They may also lose patches of hair. There are several reasons a dog may develop skin problems, including allergies, parasites, skin infections, and more.1 If your dog is constantly scratching or chewing, or if its skin appears abnormal, see your vet before your dog becomes downright miserable.

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    Ear Infections

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    Ear infections often cause dogs to shake their heads and scratch their ears. Often, there is ear discharge or debris, and the ears can have a bad odor. Ear infections may be itchy or even painful. When left untreated, they can cause serious damage.2 If your dog is exhibiting signs of an ear infection for more than a day or two, go to your vet. Ear infections sometimes accompany skin issues. In addition, they may be related to allergies.

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    Urinary Tract Infections

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    Urinary issues are common in dogs. It's so frustrating to deal with a dog who is peeing in the house. Many owners chalk it up to behavioral issues or lack of training. However, your dog may have a urinary tract infection, especially if it is a puppy or has other underlying medical conditions. Signs of UTI include inappropriate urination, frequent urination, increased thirst, bloody urine, and lethargy. These symptoms can also be associated with other medical conditions, such as kidney disease and diabetes, so if this sounds familiar, bring your dog to the vet so the urine can be checked.3

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    There are so many reasons a dog can develop vomiting. While you don't need to rush to the vet every time your dog throws up, it's also not something to ignore. Vomiting can be a sign of toxicity, gastrointestinal blockage, or other serious diseases.4 The cause can also be as simple as a dietary indiscretion. Don't try to guess; if your dog keeps vomiting, or has other symptoms such as diarrhea, inappetance, or weakness, you should get your vet involved.

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    Diarrhea may accompany vomiting or simply occur on its own. The potential causes of diarrhea are similar to those of vomiting. While one or two episodes of diarrhea is n

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