Even with regular visits to the vet, your dog might be susceptible to certain health problems. The sooner you find these health concerns, the better chance your dog has of making a complete recovery. Use the following guide to spot issues early so you can get your beloved pet the care he needs.
Anything from allergies to hair growth could present problems in your dog’s ears. If you notice that your canine shakes his head or scratches his ears more than normal, it could be a sign of a larger issue like an infection. Infections might also cause ear odors, balance issues, redness near the ear canal, swelling, or a discharge. If your dog does have an ear infection, it is important to take him to the vet to get the treatment he needs as soon as possible.
Dogs have a high risk of coming into contact with some kind of worms that could cause intestinal issues. Tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms could cause discomfort or more serious issue that might seriously affect your animal’s health. Look out for diarrhea, significant weight loss, a decrease in appetite, or negative change’s to the animal’s appearance. If you notice any of these changes, you should schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.
Not only do fleas cause uncomfortable itches for your dog, but they can also affect the animal’s health. Pay attention to see if your dog licks or scratches at a certain area, loses hair, or has visible skin problems. If you see small black dots on the skin or notice any of these symptoms, bring the dog in for a visit with the vet.
Horizon Animal Hospital is committed to giving your pets the best care in the Scottsdale area. Whether your animal needs a regular checkup or you are worried about potential health concerns, we are here for you. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit us online or call (480) 614-9500.
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