There are no exceptions, absolutely all animals and humans are vulnerable to catching diseases, and that is why we must exercise extreme caution when it comes to our furry little ones. Below, we will list some of the most common diseases in dogs:
Otitis: this disease as in humans produces an inflammation in the auditory canal that is usually caused by an infection. We will be able to detect that they suffer from this problem when our dog continually scratches its ears and shakes its head, more wax is generated in its ear, a bad smell is produced in its ears and it appears fever.
The distemper: this is usually suffered by small puppies and can be very contagious in unvaccinated dogs. Hence the importance that we regularly bring our pets to the veterinarian. Distemper causes serious problems in the digestive system, in the respiratory tract and in the nervous system of dogs; It is very painful and depending on the severity can cause death. Among its most recognizable symptoms we will observe decrease in the appetite of the dog, sneezing, cough, fever, discharge in eyes and nose …
Leishmaniasis: it is one of the most known pathologies in our four-legged friends and this is why it is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito. It seems unlikely that such a small insect could cause such serious damage, but that’s it, in fact, it can affect in two different ways; one is attacking the skin producing bald spots, ulcers, and excessive nail growth; the other one is affecting the viscera causing sudden weight loss, appetite, swollen belly and hemorrhages.
Cancer: Unfortunately this disease is becoming more and more present in our society and our pets are not alien to it. It has been observed that animals over the age of ten suffer it more, and to be able to prevent or detect the disease in time it is essential to know the body of our animals. Check them daily for lumps or skin abnormalities and take them to the vet at least once a year will help us a lot in these cases.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that when our pet, whatever the species, is sick or we detect some kind of problem, we should always go to a veterinarian. Trying to solve the problem at home without knowing with certainty what you are suffering, and without being a qualified person can cause serious problems to our pets.
In other articles we will continue talking about the most common diseases that our dogs can suffer.