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Top Ten Reasons For Dog Visits

While routine checkups and vaccinations are the most common reasons pets go to their veterinarian, VPI Pet Insurance shared its list of the most frequent medical problems in dogs.

Top 10 Dog Visits

Ear infections
Skin allergies
Pyoderma (hot spots)
Stomach upsets
Intestinal inflammation/diarrhea
Bladder diseases
Eye infections
Arthritis
Hypothyroidism
Sprains

Keep An Eye Out For These Common Illnesses and Symptoms in Dogs

Skin Allergies: Depending on their severity, skin allergies are the second most common condition for dogs, fifth for cats. Ear infections and skin allergies can be closely, but not always, related. Some pets who have a lot of hair in their ears are often prone to ear infections when yeast builds up in the warm and moist area. Cleaning the ears regularly and grooming excess hair can be a successful preventive measure. Skin allergies can also lead to repetitive ear scratching which can introduce bacteria into your pet’s ear or disturb the natural balance of his skin. Both can lead to infection.

Gum Disease: Gum disease is the most untreated serious, preventable pet disease in dogs and cats. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop gum disease by the age of three. Happily, advances in veterinary dentistry available at TVH can prevent and treat serious periodontal (gum) disease. Without routine cleaning, plaque develops into gingivitis and then periodontal disease. This serious disease allows bacteria to enter the blood stream, causing infection and inflammation of a pet’s vital organs. Dental exams and cleaning also identifies and treats fractures, tumors and other dental problems, which often go undetected. Professional care is required to assure good oral health for your pet. It has a significant positive effect on your pet’s general health and wellbeing. TVH offers special rates on dental cleaning to assure professional oral care becomes part of your pet’s yearly treatment.

Common Diseases To Watch For In Dogs

Arthritis: Unlike in cats, dog owners begin to see signs of arthritis and degenerative bone disease when walking them. There is initially either a limp or an unusual lack of desire to play. There are many treatments for arthritis, depending on the severity of the injury or disease.

Urinary Tract Diseases: Small dogs, especially, can be difficult to house train so accidents on the floor can be challenging to notice, unless they become more frequent, include bloody discharge in the urine, straining and/or more volume. Large dogs are usually much easier to housetrain so signs of urinary issues are much easier to notice. Be aware of accidents inside the house or when your pet asks to be taken out more often. When you notice these symptoms, bring your dog into the vet to have us do a thorough physical exam. It is essential that we collect a urine sample so do not let your pet urinate on the way to our office if possible. Sometimes, we need to pair a blood sample with a urine sample to get to the bottom of the problem.

Ears: We examine ear debris from your dog under a microscope to identify ear mites, yeast, bacteria and many other ear problems. Ear infections become apparent when your dog shakes its head back and forth, cries, tilts its head to one side or you notice redness in the ears. As with humans, ear infections can be very painful in pets.

Skin Allergies in Dogs: In many parts of the United States, fleas, and allergies to grasses, pollens and other irritants in the environment are very common. Fortunately, veterinary prescribed flea products applied monthly to your pets treat the more common problems.

Here are the signs when something is making your dog itch and irritating their skin: chewing at their back end, losing hair, making knots in their fur, the appearance of red or dark patches on the skin or pimples on the abdomen. Allergies can be one of the more challenging ongoing problems to medically manage for your pet. Consulting with our veterinarian as soon as possible can result in a more successful outcome in the early stages of the problem.

Hypothyroidism: Symptoms of hypothyroidism include an unexplained weight gain, dandruff, skin infections, acting sluggish and not moving well. A thorough medical history, physical exam and a simple blood test can help determine if your pet has thyroid problems.

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