Common problems in dogs

As a dog owner, your pet’s health and wellbeing is a top priority. However, even the healthiest of dogs can develop health problems or fall victim to a variety of illnesses or diseases.

The good news is that most problems can be easily treated or managed with the right care, and some can even be prevented entirely. But it’s important to stay informed about the common illnesses and conditions which can affect your dog and be able to recognise the signs and symptoms to look out for, so you know when it’s time to seek advice from your veterinarian.

Here you can learn more about common dog health problems, including symptoms and causes, as well as treatment and prevention advice.


 

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Your dog having a seizure can be a frightening experience for both of you. Learn about what causes seizures, what to do if your dog has a seizure, and what breeds are most prone to seizures in our guide.

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Giardia is an illness that infects the intestines and can cause issues with the digestive system within dogs. This infection occurs when the animal has been drinking water that has been contaminated with faeces.

Dog Diabetes

Dog diabetes is a complex disease in which your canine friend either can’t produce insulin or can’t use it properly to fuel their cells, causing their blood sugar levels to rise.

Bloat in dogs

Gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV), more commonly known as bloat, is a life-threatening condition which can affect all dogs. However, larger breeds of dog are often more susceptible to developing the condition.

Kennel cough

Kennel cough is a respiratory infection caused by the bacteria bordetella bronchiseptica and canine parainfluenza virus. It's highly contagious and is normally picked up in places where large numbers of dogs are kept together.  

Ear infections in dogs

They can affect your dog’s middle or outer ear canal, and can vary in severity. However, once the cause of the ear infection has been identified, they will normally clear up easily with the right course of treatment.