There are many dog health problems that could affect your furry pet over the course of his life. Learning about common problems is one way that you can do your part as a pet owner to keep your dog in the best possible health.
While not all illnesses can be prevented, certainly routine care can go a long way in preventing some conditions.
Most pet owners know the importance of vaccinations and heartworm prevention yet many fail to keep such preventive measures up to date.
If cost is the issue, most local chapters of the SPCA offer very low cost vaccinations clinics. Keeping your pet up to date on shots is one of the best things that you can do for his health.
Below is a description of some of the diseases that can be prevented through routine vaccinations.
At first, this disease will look as though your pet has a bit of a cold. His eyes and nose may run and he might have a fever and diarrhea. As the disease continues to take hold, the symptoms will be become more serious. Your dog may have seizures or even become paralyzed.
This disease affects many of the body’s major functions, and there is no cure for the disease.
Bordetella (Kennel Cough)
This is a highly contagious bacterial disease that is spread easily from dog to dog. If your dog goes to doggy day care or spends time at a dog park, he has a higher risk of getting Bordetella.
The illness causes a dry cough and infection. Usually treatment will be effective as long as the illness is caught early. If not, the infection can become more severe and difficult to treat.
Corona is a condition that affects the gastrointestinal tract. While the symptoms are not pleasant, Corona is usually quite easily treated by a vet.
If bitten by an infected animal, a dog can contract rabies, which is fatal in 100% of cases. There is no cure for the disease which causes an infection in the brain.
Hepatitis affects the kidneys and other vital organs and is transmitted through the fluids of an infected animal. Treatment can be extremely difficult and it is not always enough to save the life of the dog.
Heartworms are parasites that take over a dog’s heart, often resulting in death. Even with treatment, many dogs do not survive.
Transmission of the disease occurs when a mosquito that has bitten an infected dog bites a healthy dog. While treatment is difficult, prevention is simple.
Ear infections in dogs are quite common. While there is no vaccine that can prevent such infections, properly cleaning your dog’s ears on a regular basis can often help ward off such infections.
While the treatment for an ear infection is fairly simple and effective, once a dog gets one ear infection, he is more likely to suffer additional ear infections.
Practice proper grooming to help reduce your dog’s chances of getting an ear infection.
It is always devastating when a beloved family pet comes down with a disease that could have easily been prevented through routine shots or preventive measures. Even if treatment is successful, it comes at a high price.
For the sake of your pet, make sure to keep all vaccinations and preventive treatments up to date. Your dog is counting on you.