• Posted on June 2, 2017 10:16 pm
    By Chris

    We all want our pets to be healthy and happy. When it comes to dogs, there are some health problems that are very easy to spot. In fact, sometimes a vet may be able to diagnose them without any invasive tests. Want to know what they are? Then read on


    Water is very important for all living beings, and it’s no different when it comes to the canine species. When a dog’s fluid levels drop below a certain level, they will begin to suffer from dehydration. Ideally, a dog’s hydration should always be above 80%, much in the same way that it should be this high for us humans. There are some very visible symptoms that giveaway dehydration. Firstly, take a look at the dog’s eyes. If they are sunken, then there is a good chance that the pup is dehydrated. Lethargy, a dry mouth, and loss of appetite are also indicators that the dog hasn’t been getting enough water too. This can be confirmed by a very easy skin-tent test to check the elasticity of the skin.


    Sadly, there is a high number of dogs out there that suffer from obesity and other weight problems. Owners find it too tempting to spoil their pups with lots of treats and tidbits! Even though a pooch may not be self-conscious about all the extra weight that they are carrying, it is important that the dog is treated and put on a diet to prevent any serious illnesses developing. It’s easy to tell if a dog is overweight. If you can’t feel its backbone when you stroke it, then it needs to lose a few pounds. Similarly, you should be able to feel its ribs without pressing at all.


    Canine Congestive Heart Failure

    Heart failure in dogs may not be so easy to spot just by looking at a dog, but there are some classic tell-tale signs that give it away. You should ask if the dog has been sleeping and exercising as normal. If they have been sleeping excessively or have been reluctant to exercise, then they could be suffering. A lack of appetite and persistent cough are also common symptoms however this does need to confirmed by further tests including xray and echocardiogram.

    Dental Diseases

    Taking a look at a dog’s teeth can tell you a lot about their dental hygiene. One of the most common dental diseases is periodontal disease which affects around 80% of all dogs at one point in their life. If a dog suffers from this illness for a long time, it can sometimes lead to heart problems and diabetes. This is very easy for vets to spot as most dogs that have the disease will have a smelly breath and some visible swelling on the gums. They might also lose interest in eating because of the pain.

    Thankfully, you won’t always be flummoxed by a dog’s health condition. Some are very easy to spot. Plus, it helps speeds up the whole treatment process!

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