What are some common dog health problems?
Fleas are perhaps the most common dog health problem. Dog owners may not think of fleas as a dog health problem, but fleas can carry parasitic disease and trigger skin allergies in dogs.
Fleas can be difficult to get rid of, especially if not treated promptly. Dog owners should carefully follow the directions when using flea products such as sprays and shampoo. Monthly applications of dog flea repellent may be beneficial.
In addition to fleas, heartworms are another parasitic dog health problem. A heartworm infestation and the treatment for heartworms can be fatal. Dog owners should discuss medications that prevent heartworms with the veterinarian.
Ear infections in dogs can be cause by ear mites or dirt and bacteria accumulating in the ears. Dogs with earflaps are most susceptible to ear infections. Cleaning the ears can help prevent ear infections.
Vaccinations for dogs are used to prevent common dog diseases. Since many of these dog diseases can be fatal, the dog owner should make sure the dog is vaccinated according to the suggestions of the veterinarian.
Parvo, distemper, rabies, and kennel cough are common dog diseases that can be prevented with vaccinations. The seriousness of these dog diseases shows how important dog vaccinations are.
One common dog health problem that is not prevented by vaccines is bloat. This potentially fatal condition is caused by the twisting of the stomach. Large dog breeds are prone to bloat. Dog owners should not let their dogs be active after eating.
Some common dog health problems are problems with the dogs skeletal structure. Large dog breeds are often susceptible to hip dysplasia. Dachshunds may develop spinal problems.
Just like humans, dogs can develop dental problems when their dental health is not routinely addressed. Teeth brushing and veterinary dental visits can prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar that cause dental disease.