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5 Dog Health Problems to Never Ignore

Jun 11, 2019Shwetha ARead time < 4 min

Dogs have problems just like humans, just that we know that a common cold or a bad breath in humans cannot be fatal but when it comes to dogs, we get confused or panic.

Here are 5 common problems facing a dog on a daily basis and their solutions.

1)Panting

What else could be the cause of heavy panting-RV PetSafety
It is normal for dogs to pant, more like heavy breathing in humans. But if you observe an abnormal pattern, then it is best to consult a vet.

What else could be the cause of heavy panting?

  • Heatstroke
  • Chronic illness
  • Heart failure
  • Cushing’s syndrome
  • Respiratory disorder
  • Injury

What to do?

Consult your vet immediately if your dog starts panting suddenly. This is not a normal behaviour. This could happen because your dog is in pain. Panting accompanied by a color change in the dog’s tongue or gums is even more serious. This means that you dog isn’t getting enough oxygen.

 

2) Blood in Urine

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Blood in urine could be due to issues in the dog’s urinary tract. This is a serious issue and could be due to a variety of reasons.

What could be the cause of blood in Urine?

  • Bladder stones
  • Crystals in the urine
  • Bacterial infections
  • Cancer
  • Trauma
  • Obstruction of the urethra
  • Spinal cord abnormalities
  • Congenital abnormality
  • Prostate disease

What to do?

A test needs to be conducted to see if there are any serious issues in the dog’s urinary tract. Blood in urine is common in female dogs older than 7 years and in dogs with diabetes. In case there are issues, it needs to be identified and resolved.

3) Ear infections

Ear inflammation of the beagle dog Caused by infection in the ear canal

Ear infections are widespread in dogs. Dogs in cold regions are more prone to ear infections.

How to identify an ear infection?

  • Head shaking or head tilting
  • Swelling of the outer portion of the ear
  • Lack of balance
  • Vigorous scratching
  • Bloody discharge
  • Unusual back-and-forth eye movements
  • Redness of the ear canal
  • Ear Odor

What to do?

Immediate cleaning of the ear canal will help in solving the infection. However if the situation goes out of the hand and becomes chronic, a surgery might be required.

4) Worms

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Most of the time your dog might be suffering from severe stomach problems. The main reason for this could be worms. Worm infestation is a serious issue when it comes to puppies.

How to identify worms?

  • Weight loss
  • Loss appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Scooting
  • Vomiting
  • Coat roughness
  • Change in appearance

What to do?

The only way to treat worms is to visit a vet as the treatment depends on the type of worm. Home remedies might turn out as threat if done wrong.

5) Compulsive Scratching

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Compulsive scratching can occur due to a lot of reasons. Now, since scratching is pretty common in dogs, one might not take it seriously. But it could turn out to be dangerous.  One of the first signs is the development of a “hot spot”. Hot Spot is a red, wet, irritated area that is caused by continuous chewing, licking, scratching or rubbing. It can occur anywhere on the dog’s body.

What could be the reason behind the scratching?

  • Allergy
  • Anxiety
  • Dry skin
  • Pain
  • Parasite

What to do?

If the reason behind the scratching is parasites, then there are a lot of flea and tick products available that could solve your problem. Wash your dog’s bed and vacuum your house on a regular basis to reduce the likelihood of reinfestation. Allergies could also be a reason. Try finding out if your dog’s food contains ingredients that he is allergic to.

In some cases, boredom could also turn out to be one of the factors that can cause this. Make sure that your dog gets enough attention.

Hope you found this useful. Watch out this space for the next set of common issues that a dog might face.

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