Dog Health Symptoms: The 4 Most Common Questions

Here are four of the most commonly asked questions about dog health symptoms:

Why Does My Dog's Breath Smell So Bad?

It is not uncommon for a dog to have bad breath. There are many products available that can ameliorate your dog's breath, such as toothpaste and dog treats. If your dog's breath persists, it could be a sign of one of the following conditions

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Oral ulceration
  • Foreign matter lodged in mouth
  • Abscessed tooth

Why Does My Dog Have Trouble Breathing?

There are several possible causes of breathing problems in dog:

  • Lung disease
  • Heart disease
  • Trauma
  • Blood in the lungs
  • Tumors/Cancer
  • Infection

Why Does My Dog Cough So Much?

Coughing is a natural, protective measure to remove foreign matter from the throat. If the coughing becomes persistent and lasts several weeks, it may be serious. The following are common causes:

  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Obstruction of windpipe
  • Heart Failure

Is My Dog's Hair Loss Serious?

Severe loss may make your dog vulnerable to the elements and possibly disease. Therefore, it is essential that you monitor your dog's hair loss and report to your veterinarian if it becomes severe. The following are possible causes of hair loss:

  • Abnormal scratching
  • Abnormal chewing
  • Trauma
  • Hair follicle diseases