The 8 Most Common Dogs' Health Problems

Eight common problems compromise dogs health. Seemingly minor issues such as fleas and ticks can impact pet health. It is wise to buy dog health insurance which is especially helpful in the event of more serious issues that can affect canine health.

1. Fleas and Ticks

Without a regular regime to prevent fleas and ticks, these parasites can lead to skin infections, skin lesions and disease. Invest in a flea treatment that kills flea larvae, adult fleas and one that will help control ticks and chewing lice. This will keep your dog's skin the healthiest.

2. Hot Spots and Skin Infections

A dog's skin can develop areas that are inflamed or infected. Pay careful attention to your dog's skin and take note if he is scratching or gnawing at his skin. You can identify skin problems through color changes or bumps on the skin as well as through behavior changes. It is important to treat skin issues immediately with a soothing antibiotic ointment, anti-inflammatory powder or other antibiotics.

3. Urinary Tract Infections

A dog may have a urinary tract infection if he suddenly starts peeing in the house or resists going out to pee. Any straining around elimination indicates a possible infection and should be treated immediately. Keep your dog well hydrated with water and moist food. Give him many chances every day to go outside to urinate.

4. Bladder and Kidney Problems

An infection can occur higher up in the bladder or kidneys of a dog. A dog with a kidney or bladder infection may squat numerous times without being able to produce a normal amount of urine, if any. In extreme cases, bladder or kidney stones may develop causing abdominal pain. If your dog is whining or crying while trying to pee, consult your vet immediately.

5. Anal Gland Blockages

If a dog is scooting on the floor on his rear end or hiding under a bush, he may be constipated or have blocked anal glands and feces stuck in the hair around the rectum. Put on rubber gloves and clear the feces out from the last 3 inches of the rectum. Then carefully cut the soiled fur and wash the skin around your dog's rear end. If your dog cannot poop normally the next day, consult your vet.

6. Ear Infections

If a dog has smelly ears or is pawing at his ears, he may have an ear infection. He might also have ear mites which are parasites. An ear infection can be treated with antibiotics. There are also safe cleaning solutions to kill ear mites.

7. Kennel Cough

Kennel cough is a lay term for 3 different viruses. It is highly contagious and often spread when dogs are in close contact in an enclosed space. Make sure your dog gets the vaccination for kennel cough. If you notice him hacking or coughing, there are medications to alleviate the symptoms.

8. Heartworm

Heartworm is a serious condition for dogs. A dog often catches it from a mosquito or other biting insects. Make sure to stick to a monthly regimen of the medication that will prevent heartworm. It comes in a chew that dogs love.