No matter how well you look after them, you can’t alway prevent your dog from getting sick. What you can do is quickly identify the problem and seek fast treatment, to get them back on their feet again.

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Parasites

Parasites can be such a problem for dogs. From fleas to ticks and ear mites, dogs can suffer awful itching when these little blighters are feeding off them. The best way to treat canine parasites is to use a product that both removes and prevents further infestation, such as frontline plus. It is also important to keep your dog clean and to check for ticks if you have been for a walk in the countryside.

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Weight gain

 

All dogs are susceptible to weight gain, especially older, less mobile pooches. It is important to watch their diet, treat intake, and their exercise levels. If you dog needs to loose some weight, try to exercise them a little more. A new toy or an active treat dispenser can help them get the required calorie deficit. If this doesn’t do the trick, then a specialised diet can help. Consult your vet for advice on diet and the changes that will best help your breed of dog.  But make sure that no other family member is sabotaging your pups weight loss, by feeding them treats or scraps, under the table!

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Vomiting

 

A common problem with dogs is vomiting and diarrhea. While these symptoms can be a sign of something more serious, they are often a reaction to eating something that does not agree with the dog. While your dog can enjoy, rich foods like chocolate and cheese, on the way in, they way that they come out might not be so much fun for Fido or you. Remember that dogs are lactose intolerant so anything containing milk and dairy can do them harm. Sugar and sugar replacement are also dangerous for our canine friends and should be avoided. If you are going to spoil your dog, make sure it with a treat designed especially for canine consumption.

 

Arthritis

 

In later life, many dogs can suffer from joint pain, known as arthritis. Some dog owners include oil supplementing their dog’s diet to minimise arthritis in their pets. If Fido is struggling to walk, there are plenty of medications available to ease their pain. A visit to the vest will get you a diagnosis and some medication advice, and is always a good idea if you can see that your pooch is in pain.

 

Hot Spots

 

Hotspots or contact dermatitis in dogs is another common issue. They are usually easy to see, as your dog will be biting or scratching the area. Fur loss in these areas is also a common occurrence. Hot spots can be caused by parasites (see above), dryness or by irritants coming in contact with the skin. The best way to treat canine dermatitis is to take your pooch to the vet. They might shave and clean the areas and treat it with steroid or antibiotics depending on how bad it is.

 

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