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Common Dog & Cat Diseases and Health Problems
Throughout a pet’s life he/she will experience some health problems and maybe a disease or two that will affect him, as well as his owner. These are some of the most common viruses someone may notice that their dog or cat may be experiencing. Though these common diseases and health problems can be cured, they also can be fatal if not taken good care of by an owner or a veterinarian.
Whether a dog is a working dog, champion show animal, hunting companion, or just a best friend, the kindest and most responsible thing an owner can do for his/her pet is to provide proper health care. Knowing about common dog ailments and being aware of appropriate prevention and treatment can be better help an
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They can be transmitted in utero and via the mother’s milk to newborn pups. Signs of infection include lethargy , stunted growth, anemia, and dark, tarry feces. Hookworms are a life-threatening parasite at any age. In advance cases a blood transfusion may be needed.
Whipworms are tiny worms that inhabit and develop in the lower bowel. Often causes chronic watery diarrhea and weight loss. The worm’s life cycle is longer than most intestinal parasites, and proper timing of repeated deworming is important for their control. Heartworms are internal parasites that live in a dog’s heart and in big vessels near the heart, where they cause severe damage to the circulatory system and lungs. Transmitted by the bite of a mosquito that has bitten an infectious dog. Early spring before mosquito season, dogs should have a blood test for heartworms. Treatment is difficult, but preventive methods are available.
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They burrow into the skin and cause severe itching, consequent skin irritation, and inflammation. Hair loss can be severe and generalized over the body. Veterinarian diagnosis is essential, and treatment is usually very effective. All animals in contact with the infected dog should be treated at the same time. Demodectic Mange is caused by demodectic mites that destroy the hair follicle in which they live; causing small patched of hair loss that can spread to the entire body of the dog. Demodectic Mange is usually thought to be developed hereditarily. Demodectic Mange is not contagious, but the initial skin lesions may become infected and are difficult to treat. Diagnosis and treatment by a veterinarian are needed. Ear Mites tunnel in the skin of the outer ear canal. They can easily be transmitted from dog to dog or cat to dog or vice versa. Ear mites are suspected when dark coffee-ground debris is present in the ears. Signs are head shaking and ear scratching. If left untreated, ear mites predispose the ear to secondary bacterial infection. Treatment requires cleaning of the ear by a veterinarian and use of mite-killing insecticide. Be sure to treat any other cats or dogs in the household to make sure infection does not continue to spread.
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