Common Dog Diseases


Prevention and information are the best tools available the take care, of  Common Dog Diseases. If we know the symptoms or we notice something abnormal in our dogs and we take them quickly to the vet, there is a better chance that they will improve and heal.

It is essential that you pay attention to changes in the habits of your dogs since many times these signals indicate that something is not right. The symptoms are not always visible, such as vomiting or diarrhea; Sometimes it is a little tiredness or lack of energy unusual or changes at mealtime. Some of Common Dog Diseases are:

Otitis

This infection in the ear is more common in those breeds with long ears and falls, however, also appear in all dogs that have had contact with water or moisture.

If your dog scratches his ears and moves his head to the sides, or if you get close and have a bad smell in his ears and secrete some yellowish liquid, he is likely to have otitis.

The distemper

A disease that, fortunately, has a vaccine to prevent it, but which is highly contagious and becomes deadly in animals that are not inoculated or only a few weeks old.

The distemper sometimes cannot be diagnosed, that is why it is known as 'the pathology of the thousand symptoms': coughing, sneezing, secretions, fever, diarrhea, and nervous tics are just some of them.

Our advice is to vaccinate your dog.

There are varieties of vaccines on the market, consult your veterinarian.

The Scabies

It is a skin disease that can also appear in cats and even in people. Scabies is caused by microscopic parasites called mites that pierce the dermis and infect it.

There are two types of scabies more frequent in dogs: sarcoptic - contagious on contact with an infected animal - and demodectic. The latter is related to immune or genetic problems.

Internal parasites

The most common group of 'worms' that affect dogs are tapeworms: flat and lodged in the intestine feeding on the food eaten by the animal. The contagion is through contaminated feces or raw or undercooked food.
It is essential to deworm your pet through the treatment indicated by the veterinarian: not only puppies should be controlled since parasites can also affect adults. Sometimes they can be detected in the stool.

Osteoarthritis

This is one of the frequent diseases in elderly dogs and of certain breeds such as the German Shepherd or the Doberman. Arthrosis is the inflammation and degeneration of the joints, mainly of the hip and the elbow.
The risk of suffering from this problem increases if the animal is obese or does not exercise too much.


Parvovirus

This disease mainly affects the digestive system of the dog, but also causes a decrease in the number of red blood cells in the blood and prevents the proper functioning of the heart and intestines.

The symptoms of canine parvovirus include vomiting, lack of appetite, bloody stools, fatigue, diarrhea, depression, lack of energy and dehydration. The good news is that it can be prevented with a vaccine.

In this regard, a dog or puppy with parvovirus should receive immediate veterinary attention. The treatment will include the following:

-Fluids IV to counteract dehydration
-Antibiotics to prevent septicemia
-Probiotics to replace normal intestinal flora
-Vitamins injectables, especially Vitamins B and C to help the immune system
-Colostrum to provide antibacterial elements to fight infection in the intestine
-Glucosamine to cover the intestines

Gastritis

It is more common than we think and in most cases, we do not realize that our pet is suffering from it. Gastritis is an inflammation or irritation of the gastric mucosa and is caused by a poor diet: inadequate food, overly copious portions or rapid swallowing of food.

The main symptoms are vomiting and abdominal distension (swollen belly), but canine gastritis can also include loss of appetite or weight, lack of energy and excessive production of saliva.

In general, there are many Common Dog Diseases can suffer, be attentive and never forget to visit your veterinarian regularly.

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