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Top 10 Health Issues in Dogs Every Pet Owner Should Know

January 29, 2024

As veterinarians and animal healthcare experts, we emphasize to all of our patients the importance of regularly scheduled well visit exams in order to find any possible issues to your pet’s health. Also, it is imperative that caring pet owners ensure that their pets are eating properly, getting groomed and bathed, exercising, and receiving proper dental care. It is also helpful for pet owners to be aware of the symptoms of common health issues in dogs and cats so that any problems can be promptly addressed and treated by qualified veterinarians.

Ten Common Health Issues in Dogs

1. Allergies

As discussed in a previous blog, some breeds of dogs are susceptible to skin allergies from foods, insects and their environment. Symptoms include rashes and redness, licking, chewing, and discomfort. Bring your dog in for an exam when you first notice the signs of this common health issue—before you have to come in for a more serious skin infection.

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2. Ear Infections

If you notice frequent head shaking, awkwardness, or signs of dizziness, your dog may have an ear infection. When you look at the underside of your dog’s ears, redness and odor are indications of an infection that should be evaluated by a veterinarian.

3. Obesity

Being overweight can affect a dog’s movement and overall health. Partner with your veterinarian to create a nutrition and exercise plan to help your dog lose extra weight.

4. Gastrointestinal and Stomach Issues

Vomiting and diarrhea is a common health issue that can be caused by the ingestion of harmful substances, or another medical issue. Avoid dehydration and serious problems by finding the cause and getting the proper care at an animal hospital or veterinarian’s office.

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5. Skin Issues and Infections

Dogs can encounter skin issues and infections not due to allergies. These may include mange, hot spots, hair loss, and benign tumors/lumps. Pet owners who are familiar with their dog’s bodies and check for irregularities often will be able to get their dog to the veterinarian’s office quickly for diagnosis and treatment

6. Trauma

We’re talking about bites, falls, cuts, trips, etc. Accidents happen, and it is always prudent to get injuries checked out by an expert.

7. Arthritis

Joint pain in the knees, hips, back, etc., is a common health issue for many breeds. At the first signs of noticing your dog’s painful and/or difficult movements, visit your veterinarian to begin treatment and prevent further damage.

8. Urinary Tract and Bladder Infections

While UTI’s are more common in cats than dogs, dogs can still get them. Prolonged periods of not urinating can be the cause. If you notice that your dog seems uncomfortable when urinating, or that their urine looks different, it is likely time for a visit to the veterinarian.

9. Eye Infections

Red, watery eyes are a sure sign that your dog might be suffering from a painful eye infection. Your veterinarian will be able to diagnose the problem, start treatment, and bring your dog relief.

10. Dental Disease

Regular dog dental cleanings and follow up brushing at home are essential to your dog’s oral health. When owners lax on dental care, dogs may develop gum and teeth problems that can be painful and necessitate the loss of teeth.

Learn About Common Health Issues in Dogs

As a dog owner, it is important to be aware of the symptoms of common health issues that can affect dogs. As soon as you recognize that there may be an issue, call your veterinarian at Breckinridge Park Animal Hospital to make an appointment. Early intervention and diagnosis can prevent your dog from suffering further complications and infections.

Is your dog showing symptoms of a common health issue? Contact the friendly staff and the best veterinarians at Breckinridge Park Animal Hospital. Make an appointment by calling us at (972) 690-6900, or click here to schedule an appointment. Our qualified animal caretakers will diagnose the problem and develop a treatment plan to bring relief to your dog. If it is after hours and you need to see a veterinarian right away, visit our website for a list of emergency care facilities.

This information is not a substitute for professional veterinary medical advice. Prior to starting any new treatment or questions regarding an animal’s medical condition, always seek the advice of your veterinarian.

Breckinridge Park Animal Hospital serves the northeast Dallas suburban area. We provide the community with some of the best veterinarians in Richardson, Garland, Plano, Murphy, Wylie, Sachse and Mesquite.