Our furry friends make an inseparable part of our lives, however, they depend on us entirely for their proper medical care. A pet parent, old or new, must be aware of the signs and symptoms of some commonly found health problems in canines.

Top 5 health issues in Dogs

Ear Infections

Allergic reactions, ear mites, hair growth in ear canal, yeast, etc., there are many reasons for this ear infection in dogs. Fortunately, most ear infections are easy to treat. If you see the following symptoms, it is time to get your pet checked by a vet.

Symptoms

  • Shaking/tilting of head and/or scratching
  • Bad odor from ears and redness of ear canals
  • Unusual eye movement, mostly back-and-forth
  • Swelling in the outer part of the ear
  • Discharge from the ears

Parasitic Infection

Dogs can get various internal parasites such as tapeworms, hookworms, whipworms, or roundworms. Look for the following signs of worm infection in dogs. A vet, upon certain diagnostics, can quickly begin the proper treatment for the specific parasitic infestation.

Symptoms

  • Loose motions (and vomiting in case of roundworms)
  • Weight loss
  • Sudden change in appetite
  • Scooting on their bottom
  • Sick appearance
  • Worms visible in stool

Fleas

Dogs can get infected by fleas very easily and can be treated for that too. Keep looking for the signs of flea infestation in dogs. A doctor will treat this problem by various methods like flea collars, oral medication, topical sprays, liquids, and shampoos.

Symptoms

  • Excessive licking, scratching, and biting of own skin
  • Loss of hair and formation of hot spots
  • Allergic dermatitis
  • Flea dirt that look like small dots on the skin of the pet

Vomiting

Dogs vomit because of various reasons ranging from small problems to stomach infection or kidney failure. Thus, the problem of vomiting in dogs is also treated differently. Unchecked vomiting can leave your dog dehydrated. They may need immediate fluid therapy, oral or injectable medicines, and special foods.

Symptoms

  • Abdominal Heaving
  • Excessive drooling
  • Lethargy
  • Dehydration

Diarrhea

Just like vomiting, diarrhea has numerous reasons. Various viral infections like parvo, allergies, and worms, are most common reasons. The doctor will run some tests to find out the exact reason and render proper treatment for the problem.

Symptoms

  • Dehydration
  • Less Appetite
  • Dullness
  • Bloody or dark colored stools