Knowing about Common Dog Diseases

The canine diseases can generally be categorized into parasitic, genetic, bacterial and viral dog diseases. Each illness has its own specific cause but symptoms that the pet is ill, is generally visible clearly to the owner because of the changes in the dog’s behavior.

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Though there are around 300 diseases of canines which can be assigned to hereditary, the most common ones are; Deafness, Atopic dermatitis, Hip & elbow dysplasia, Glaucoma, Narcolepsy, Hypothyroidism, Rheumatoid arthritis, Progressive retinal atrophy.

These diseases’ impacts can be widely checked by attentive breeding practices, minor surgeries and low cost vet treatments. Certain diseases are particular to dog breeds like Sebaceous adentitis to Poodles, wherein hair loss happens and coat becomes greasy, and bladder stones in Dalbladder stones in Dalmatians. All this can be checked with right breeding and low protein vet.

Older dogs can be also caught up with the less common diseases such as Dog dementia, which is also known as Canine Cognitive Dysfunction or CCD. Dementia in dogs is today quite common and is generally diagnosed as decline in cognitive functions in the dogs. This all brings the behavioral changes in the pet which can be treated effectively with the help of drug called Selegiline.

Canines can also be caught up with internal parasites in the form of worms or protozoa. Mosquito bites can spread heartworm larva into the body of dogs. Outside parasites are generally ticks and fleas that are hosts to protozoa and tapeworms respectively.

This type of parasites invades the blood streams and digestive systems of the dogs and may cause diseases like Coccidiosis, Babesiosis, Leishmaniasis, Giardia. These diseases should be diagnosed and treated immediately, because life-threatening infections may prove fatal.