Common Dog Diseases and How to Heal Them

Common Dog Diseases and How to Heal Them

Being a fur parent is very rewarding, but it can also be stressful and overwhelming especially when your dog gets sick. If you’re worried about the health of your dog, find out the most common dog illnesses and how you can help cure them in the article below.

Oral Infections

Dental diseases are quite common in dogs. They tend to become an issue once the dog reaches the age of three and may occur more often as they grow older. 

The most common ones are tartar and gingivitis while the more severe periodontal diseases like abscesses can happen to older dogs in particular.

Common symptoms of oral infections include bad breath, loose teeth, discoloured teeth and gums, and lumps on the gums or under the tongue. If your dog has changes in appetite, drooling, and bad temper, they may also be caused by oral infections. 

Dealing with oral infections in dogs may require oral treatments to be administered by your dog’s veterinarian including teeth cleaning, extractions, or a root canal. 

Skin Infections

Another common dog disease comes in the form of skin infections. If your dog is scratching incessantly, it may have some kind of skin infection.

The most common cause of skin infections is allergies, so switching to low-allergen food may help relieve your dog’s itch. Bacterial and yeast infections can also cause skin infections.

Your vet may recommend a shampoo change or an antibiotic treatment depending on the cause of your dog’s skin infection. 

Ear Infections

Your dog may also experience ear infections which can also be caused by allergies or bacterial and yeast infections. If you notice your dog scratching or pawing at his ears, or notice redness in the ear canal, scabs or crusts around the ear, or hair loss around the ear, your dog may have an ear infection. 

Ear infections can also balance issues, walking in circles, pain and hearing loss in your dog so it’s important to get them checked at the first sign of it.

To deal with ear infections, the ear has to be clean and dry. Your vet will determine whether they need to be sedated and whether they need topical antibacterial or antifungal treatment.

Vomiting and Diarrhea

Other common ailments among dogs are vomiting and diarrhea. Digestive upsets among dogs tend to resolve themselves within a few days, but if the symptoms occur too often or too long, you may need to get them checked by your vet.

Parvovirus, intestinal worms, and parasites can be the likely cause of your dog’s digestive problem, but your vet will be the one to determine what the actual cause is. This will help decide their treatment direction.

More Resources

If your dog is unwell, it’s hard on the fur parent as well. Make sure your dog has a proper diet, adequate exercise and regular grooming to avoid diseases.

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