Dog Ailments that Every Dog Parent Should Be Aware Of

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It’s extremely unfortunate to watch your pet fall sick, so the next time you see a red flag like diarrhea, loss of appetite, dehydration, paralysis, it is highly recommended to take need-based actions to cure your dog’s suffering from any one of these health issues.

1. Ear Infection
This is one of the most common health issues seen in a pet dog. If your pet dog is found with symptoms such as excessive itching, or there are signs of the swollen ear, or the dog is shaking its head vigorously from one side to the other then instantly check for an ear infection.

Even otherwise make it a routine to clean your dog’s ears twice a week to avoid an infection.

2. Canine Distemper
Known to be a contagious viral disease, the earlier one treats the disease in their dog, the better. The only possible solution to avert your dog from getting canine distemper is ‘vaccination’. Fever, paralysis, coughing, and watery eyes are the obvious symptoms of the dog suffering from canine distemper. Treat them at the earliest.

3. Worms and Diarrhea
It is natural for dogs to get hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, and whipworms due to their tendency to lick faces, and objects in their surroundings or their paws. Diarrhea (with blood), vomiting, weight loss, lethargy and loss of appetite are the symptoms that can be seen in a dog having worms.

4. Vomiting  
It is said that dogs eat grass to address digestion problems, and is considered to be a “normal dog behaviour” by veterinarians, as stated in pets.webmd.com. Such a condition is known as ‘pica’. The dog eats grass to treat worms or fulfill the nutritional need to eat fiber. Vomiting is a result of eating grass and a method to internally cleanse the system of any worms or any toxic element present in the dog’s digestive system.  

5. Fleas
As harmless as they sound, flea bites can cause extreme scratching, resulting in inflammation, hair loss, and secondary skin infections. This can prove to be detrimental to your dog’s health.

Check the furry areas on your dog’s body, inner thighs, and the belly for any fleas. Also, there is ‘flea dirt’ which is flea’s feces that is spread over the dog’s skin. If you spot flea dirt on your dog, it is time to look for prescription flea medication or opt for the flea control treatment.

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