Is Your Dog Sick?
Your dog is your best friend, and is sometimes more reliable than the humans in your life – he’s always there whenever you need him, he doesn’t answer back, and all he needs to be happy is a good old run around the park. It makes sense that you’re going to want to do everything you can to protect his health. However, even if you’re the most caring dog owner in the world, there will be times that your beloved pooch gets sick. Here’s what to watch out for, and what you can do to help him return to the healthy, happy little guy that he usually is.
Ear infections are one of the most common illnesses that dogs can suffer. They can be caused by hair growing within the ear canal; ear mites; allergies; yeast; bacteria; and some other factors. If you suspect that your pet has an ear infection, here are the symptoms to watch out for:
- A swollen ear
- Difficulty with balance
- ·Your dog is regularly shaking his head or moving it around erratically
- His eyes seem to be moving up and down in an unusual manner
- · The ear canal appears red and sore
- · He can’t stop scratching
- ·There is a bad smell coming from his ear
If you’re in any doubt about whether your dog has an ear infection, make an appointment with your vet. It’s easy to get this cleared up with the right treatment.
Mange is a skin condition caused by mites. Tiny mites are present in the skin and fur of most animals, but when mange in dogs occurs – it is due to skin infections caused by mites that shouldn’t be there. There are three different types of this condition. If it’s localized, it will affect just one or two small areas, and result in bald patches on the skin. This type of mange is common in puppies, and usually goes away without needing any treatment.
If your dog has a generalized version of this illness, it will result in large areas of his body being affected – sometimes every area of the skin. If this is the case, it could be a sign that your pooch is suffering from other health problems – so it’s important to get him checked out. The form of mange that is most difficult to get rid of is demodectic pododermatitis, and it appears on the foot only – and your dog will exhibit other signs that all is not well.
Worms are a common problem with dogs. They are relatively easy to treat, but you do need to see your vet to get some oral medicine and a general check up – you won’t be able to sort this out yourself. Signs to look out for are an increased or reduced appetite, diarrhea or vomiting, losing weight and looking generally exhausted and unwell.
It’s important to be vigilant about your dog’s health – he can’t tell you when he’s sick so it’s up to you to keep an eye on any changes. If in any doubt – visit your vet to make sure that all is well, or he can get any treatment he needs.
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