Common Dog Health Problems
Any sign of ill health should be taken seriously but any dog owner. Some signs are:
- Vomiting, dogs will occasionally vomit after eating grass which is not that usual and does not require a trip to the Vet. However if your dog continues to vomit and or is unable to hold water down dehydration is a big concern and your dog should see a Vet ASAP. Continuing vomiting can be signs of a blockage, poisoning, kidney or liver disease to name a few. If your dog does need to see the Vet for vomiting we recommend bringing a sample of the vomit, yes it’s gross but it could help the Vet determine what is causing your dog to vomit.
- If the dog is showing continuous nasal discharge, is an indicator of nasal congestion and if the discharge is thick it could mean the dog might have pneumonia, Bronchitis or Kennel Cough. Any dog showing these symptoms should see a Vet.
- An occasional loose stool is not that unusual and can be treated with canned Pumpkin (not the pie mix) but if your dog continues to have loose stool or shows any blood in the stool then he should see the Vet. Blood in the stool can be either bright red or black tar like consistency. If you dog does not pass any stool for a couple of days the he should also see the Vet to make sure there is no bowel disorders going on.
- Itching can also be a sign of a number of problems from flea, lice and mites to allergies. If your dog continues to itch check him over by parting the coat to check for fleas. Some dogs can suffer from flea allergies that can be caused by just 1 flea. If you don’t find fleas but your dog continues to itch or shows hair loss or any sore patches then a trip to the Vet is needed. Food allergies can also cause a dog to itch there are a couple of foods on the market that are more hypo allergenic with either a Fish or Venison and Sweet Potato base that you Vet may suggest.
- Lameness can occur with any active dog or with a senior as well. The first thing to check is the pads of the feet to make sure there are no cuts or blisters. Also check for any swelling along the leg if there is any swelling or any abnormality that could indicate a break or a dislocation your dog should see your Vet immediately. Any limping for more than 2 days should also be checked by a Vet to make sure it’s not a serous injury and x-ray may also be needed.
- Any time your dog is not acting himself or shows a mark behavior change he should be seen by a Vet. Some illnesses can cause aggression in dogs like Diabetes and Thyroid problems. Dogs in pain can also act out, if your dogs is sleeping more than normal or has no energy all are signs that he is not well and should be seen by a Veterinarian.
Things you should know to help with your Dogs Health
Your dog’s temperature can be a clear indication of illness, a dogs normal temperature is 101-102. There is only one way to take an accurate temperature and that is with an anal thermometer. You can purchase one at any pharmacy you can also use the digital thermometers, make sure you label it so you know which one is for the dog. To take your dog’s temperature you can have them either standing or lying down, lubricate the thermometer with petroleum jelly and insert it about 1 inch into the anus. Make sure you hold onto the thermometer while it is in the dog. Moving tails and any sudden movement could cause serous injury if you’re not holding onto the thermometer. If your dog’s temp is 103 or higher they need to see a Vet ASAP. A lower temp like 99 is not that serous but anything much lower should be checked out.
To check to see if a dog is in shock pull the lips back to expose the gums gently apply pressure to a pink area of the gum this will turn the gum white a normal gum will go back to pink immediately after pressure is removed. If it does not go back to pink or takes a little bit of time to go pink your dog is in shock and should be seen by a Vet immediately. Dry gums is an indication of dehydration and should be seen by a Vet as well.
To induce Vomiting you can use either Syrup of Ipecac using one teaspoonful for every 10 LBS of body weight or Hydrogen peroxide 3% 1-3 e teaspoons every ten minutes and can be repeated up to three times. Inducing vomiting should ONLY be done after consulting with your Veterinarian or on the direction of a poison control hot line. There are many product that if your dog got into that you should NOT induce vomiting like acid, alkali, petroleum products to name a few. If your dogs swallows an object you need to consult your Vet first vomiting the object up could cause more problems by tearing the esophagus. The ASPCA has a Poison Control Hot line that you can call at (888) 426-4435 there maybe a consultation fee for the call which is well worth the money to make sure your dog is ok.