Common Diseases & Conditions

*Foreign body ingestion (stomach): caused by dogs chewing off  parts of toys (dog’s and children’s toys) or items made of plastic that they enjoy chewing, cam include clothing and garbage.

*Skin Allergies/Dermatitis: resulting from food allergies, insect infestation and environmental allergies (pollen, house hold cleaners or detergents, dust and mold).

*Otitis Externa:  ear infections most common in dogs with ears that are floppy (for example Cocker Spaniels, Beagle breeds) or dogs that have a thick coat and hair inside their ears.

*Vomiting from time to time:  dogs will vomit a little because they have either eaten something that doesn’t agree with their stomach,  a piece of fur has irritated their throat, they have eaten too fast, exercised to soon after they have eaten or have an illness that needs to be attended to by your Veterinarian.

*Urinary tract infection, inflammation of the urinary bladder:   usually cased by bacteria.  The most common signs are straining to urinate, accidents in the house, increased urinary frequency and/or blood in the urine.

*Pyoderma, this refers to a bacterial infection of the skin:  dogs will itch themselves because it is very uncomfortable.

*Diarrhea is a common problem with dogs:   loose watery stools, sometimes with mucus, but some times they can also be dark and have bright blood in them.  Diarrhea can be caused by the changing of a dog food too fast or a drastic change in diet or a bacteria infection in the intestines.  Normally if there is blood in the intestines we treat for Parasites such as worms, Giardia and Coccidiosis.  Your Vet can test for these if the diarrhea doesn’t stop in 3 days.

*Conjunctivitis, an inflammation of the conjunctiva: this is the tissue coating the eye and lining of the eyelids and  It is a common eye problem in dogs.  The most common signs are redness of the conjunctives, squinting, eye discharges or scratching at the eye.

*Skin Masses:  lumps of tissue that are within the skin or they can be felt under the skin.  It is most common in older dogs then it is in younger dogs.  Melanoma (skin cancer) can also look like masses of skin, or warts.  You should always have your Vet remove them either with lasers or if larger, they are cut out.

*Giardia:  a highly contagious condition which can cause death especially to pups and smaller breeds.  Giardia lives in the intestinal tract.  The most common signs are stomach is upset and diarrhea.