In addition to “doggy breath,” there are many health issues and concerns that may push a pet owner to visit their local, trusted veterinarian. Dog owners, both new and old, should take time to learn about how to catch on to signs of a health issue that could prove threatening to their pet. In order to help these pet owners better understand when a dog requires medical attention, here are a few common health problems that canines face:
Fleas are a very common parasite found in the fur of both dogs and cats. These parasites cause dogs to scratch themselves consistently, which can lead to advanced skin wounds and infections that will require medical attention. In addition, if flea growth becomes prevalent within a home, the parasites are known to also bite humans. Apart from the skin irritation, the blood-feeding nature of fleas can transmit severe diseases or other parasites, including tapeworms. The best way to prevent fleas is to discuss a proper medication that if used on a routine basis will help prevent infestations in the house and flea associated diseases for the pet.
Ear infections are a common reason pets need to be seen at the clinic. Dogs are predisposed to ear infections for a variety of reasons including the ear shape especially dogs with large floppy ears, dogs that swim or dogs that have recurrent allergies. Bacteria and yeast can proliferate in the ear canal and can lead to serious infections. The signs to watch for include head shaking, scratching at the ears, a smell emanating from the ears and redness. If these signs occur your pet needs to be seen by one of doctors at the Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Centeryou’re your pet has recurrent or chronic issues with its ears routine cleaning can help prevent more serious disease. The staff at the Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center can help you decide the best ear cleanser to use as well as the proper technique to clean ears. Proper medical care must be sought in order to prevent surgical intervention when ear disease becomes advanced.
Intestinal upset is a common reason pets present to the clinic. Dogs and cats can have intestinal upset due to parasites, ingestion of improper food or garbage or due to metabolic diseases like liver or kidney failure. All animals with intestinal upset need to be seen by on our doctors to improperly diagnose the cause of this upset as well as to devise the best treatment to solve the problem. Left untreated vomiting and diarrhea can lead to dehydration and shock and extended hospital stays.
Although the above problems are commonly found among dogs, there are many more health issues that can threaten the overall well-being of a pet. It is important for every dog owner to learn how to recognize the symptoms of these many complications and to discuss potential treatment options with a reliable veterinarian.