Dogs, just like humans, can get sick or encounter serious health problems. In order to help them feel better, owners try to support their health by giving them dietary supplements. For example, some dog owners give supplements to their dogs, such as vitamin D and calcium for stronger bones. Others give them CBD oil in order to improve their health. In fact, some even grow their own cannabis, in an indoor grow tent in their home, in order to make the best quality CBD oil for their much-loved hairy buddy.
Regardless of how you protect your dog’s health, the most important thing is to act immediately after you notice any changes in behavior and symptoms. In order to notice them, you need to know the most common dog health problems and how to recognize their symptoms. So, here are the top 7 maladies that often jeopardize a dog’s well-being.
Arthritis is a very common dog health problem. It usually affects older dogs. In order to recognize this condition, you should look at your dog’s movement – is it active or it prefers to lie or seat.
The bad news about arthritis is that even though you might notice it on time, it cannot be treated. However, there are many ways to ensure your dog ages healthily. Namely, you can feed it with high-quality, nutrient-rich dog food, take it on regular walks, and give it medications prescribed by your vet. Also, you can give CBD oil to your dog. But, be careful when choosing one because it’s not that same oil that is intended for people.
There are various types of worms, including tapeworms, hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms. Regardless of the type, these internal parasites can cause a dozen of health problems, including diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, swollen belly, dry coat, lack of appetite, and low energy, and even death in puppies (from hookworms). Therefore, if you notice any of these issues, you should see your vet. They will tell you what to do, but the treatment usually includes medications, as well as follow up checkups.
Just like worms, fleas are another very common health condition in dogs. The biggest problem with them is that they multiply with incredible speed. Namely, in just 3 weeks, one flea can turn into a thousand fleas.
Therefore, if you notice any of the following symptoms: hair loss, hot spots, excessive scratching, licking or biting, allergic dermatitis, tapeworms, or black dots (flea dirt) on your dog’s skin, you should go to your vet. If you don’t treat fleas as soon as possible, they will multiply more and more, making their treatment more difficult. Moreover, if you don’t treat your dog, they can cause infections, allergy, and even anemia.
4. Hot Spots
Since we already mentioned them in the previous paragraph, let’s have a closer look at them. Although known as hot spots, they are actually acute moist dermatitis. This is a bacterial skin infection that can affect dogs. They are usually inflamed, red areas on your dog’s skin which cause hair loss and excessive scratch. So, if you notice bare and red spots on your dogs’ body or ears and your dog scratches too much, you should call your vet. They will identify the cause and give relevant medication(s).
Allergies can be a result of fleas, food, and other things. In order to recognize that your dog is allergic to something, you should look for changes in behavior, energy, sneezes and coughs, and anything that associates with allergies. If you notice any of these things, you should first identify what causes the allergy.
So, start by changing its food and shampoo. If that’s not it, consider the season – allergies usually start in spring. If you notice your dog starts sneezing and/or coughing in spring, it’s a seasonal allergy, which can be treated with medications.
Vomiting is another very common health condition in dogs. It can be caused by a number of things, such as food, something it ate besides its food, intestinal parasites, infection, kidney failure, poisoning, and so on. Although one-time vomiting is seen as a normal response to something your dog consumed, if it continues, it’s a sign of something more serious.
Therefore, if you notice your dog continues vomiting, has blood in the vomit, diarrhea, and is lethargic, you have to call your vet. The most important thing when vomiting is to prevent dehydration. That is followed by a therapy which can include fluids, medications, certain homemade foods, and similar.
Diarrhea in dogs can be caused by different things, just like vomiting. Namely, it can be a result of infections, intestinal parasites, food intolerance, and stress. Although it’s seen as normal, if your dog continues having diarrhea, especially one that is liquid or bloody or accompanied by fever and lethargy, you should contact your vet. They will tell you how to stop it and what to feed your dog with.