Even after doing every possible thing to keep our dogs healthy, they can develop some health-related problems during their lifetime. And since your dogs count on you for their well-being, you should be aware of such common dog health problems, their signs and symptoms, and what you can do about them to help your dog live a healthy life.
1. Urinary Tract Infections
UTI’s are common in dogs. Dealing with a dog who pees in the house frequently can be extremely annoying. While many pet owners blame it on lack of training, there is a possibility that your dog could be suffering from urinary tract infections as well. Its symptoms include frequent urination and leaking, increased thirst, blood discharge in urine, lethargy, etc. However, these symptoms are also associated with diabetes or kidney diseases, so take your dog for a urine examination immediately if you suspect any such symptoms.
Arthritis or Degenerative Joint Disease is a very common health problem in dogs, especially in senior ones. However, the inflammation in joints during arthritis can also be due to other issues like injuries or hip dysplasia. Fortunately, it is manageable with proper treatment, but to avoid such issues, it is advisable to provide your dog with good joint care supplements.
3. Diarrhea and Vomiting
Almost all dogs suffer from diarrhea and vomiting at least once in their lifetime. While you may think it is nothing serious, it isn’t something to be ignored either. Diarrhea and vomiting may indicate stomach upset, toxicity, or other serious diseases. It can also happen due to dietary indiscretion. Whatever the reason be, if there are repeated episodes of diarrhea and vomiting, get your vet involved.