To help make sure your dog lives a healthy life, it’s important that you’re well aware of the problems that they may face. By knowing the symptoms, signs and what you can do about it, your dog is going to be a lot healthier because of it.

1. Ear Infections

Ear infections could possibly be the most common health problem for a dog. These infections are usually caused by ear mites, hair growth in the ear canal, allergies and yeast. You will know if your dog has an ear infection if they have a slight ear odor, they shake their head constantly or if their ear canal is red.

To solve this problem, always consult with your veterinarian if you think your dog has an ear infection. In most cases, a simple cleaning can clear up the ear; however, in extreme cases, surgery may be required.

2. Worms

Dogs are notorious for getting parasites like hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms. Depending on the type of worm your dog is carrying, some can be a nuisance to your dog, while others, such as a hookworm, can be fatal. You will know if your dog has some sort of worm if you notice the following:

  • Diarrhea
  • Change in appetite
  • A rough, dry coat
  • Weight loss

The best way to resolve the problem is by simply visiting your vet. Depending on the type of worm your dog has, a simple oral medication will usually get rid of the problem.

3. Fleas

No matter what kind of pet you have, fleas are always going to be an issue. Since fleas can spread like wildfire, it’s important that you get rid of the problem as soon as you can. In fact, if you let the fleas infest for too long, they can quickly grow in the thousands.

Fleas are often easy to spot on any pet. What you’re going to want to look for is any sort of excessive scratching, licking or small black dots along your pet’s skin. If left untreated, this will make your pet feel fairly uncomfortable and can even lead to serious problems like anemia.

Most of the time, getting rid of fleas is fairly straightforward. Your vet is more than likely going to recommend a shampoo, spray, topical liquid or medicine.

4. Vomiting

Just like us humans, vomiting can be caused by various issues when it comes down to your pet. These problems can range anywhere from a simple infection to something extreme like kidney failure and pancreatitis.

The symptoms are basic when it comes to vomiting. You’re going to want to look for any sort of abdominal heaving, drooling or blood in the vomit. If your pet isn’t able to hold down any liquids or continues to vomit throughout the day, it’s so important that you take your pet to the vet immediately. In some cases, if you fail to do so, it could result in some serious consequences.

5. Separation Anxiety

Since us humans have to leave the home from time to time, you may find that your beloved animal doesn’t like this. While you should spend as much time with your pet as possible, you’re going to find that this can’t be the case most of the time. If you’re noticing that your dog is drooling or acting odd when you’re about to leave the home, there are a few things that you can consider doing.

According to these pet separation anxiety tips, try to walk your dog before you leave or don’t make leaving a big deal. If you know you’re going to be gone for a long time, you may want to consider hiring a pet sitter when you’re away for the day. The more comforting your dog can be, the less problems they are likely to have.

If you have a pet, you’re bound to run into one of these problems sooner or later. Now that you know what to look out for, always make sure that you take action right away to prevent any serious damage down the road.

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