When was the last time you brought your furbaby to the vet? Was it for their regular checkup? A lingering illness? Perhaps because of a wound inflicted by a neighbour’s dog? Here, we list some of the most common reasons why furparents bring their pooch to the local vet.
First, and hopefully it’s something furparents don’t overlook, are vaccinations. More on preventive care, vaccinations protect your dogs from distemper, parvo and other contagious and life-threatening diseases.
Sure, there are now advanced procedures and equipment like the modern infusion pump to deliver medications if your dog needs to be confined. But confinement is the last thing we want. As such, you want to make sure your dog is fully vaccinated to ensure immunity. It would be extra heartbreaking to see your dog suffering from something that could have been prevented.
If you’ve had dogs for a while, you’ve probably learned to recognise when they’re having an ear infection. They constantly shake their head—ears flailing as they whine ceaselessly. Other symptoms include wax buildup, dark discharge, bad odour and redness of the ear canal.
Ear infections are common in dogs, especially those with floppy ears. They can cause extreme discomfort, so if you notice the aforementioned signs, schedule a visit to your vet immediately.
Fleas, ticks and worms
It isn’t uncommon for dogs to suffer from flea or tick infestation at some point in their lives. Fleas and ticks not only cause discomfort and irritation but can also lead to more serious health issues, so it’s best to bring your dog to the vet for treatment as early as possible. You may also ask your vet about preventive medications to repel fleas and ticks before they cause trouble.
While puppies are most at risk for worms, the latter can infect even adult dogs. Be sure to have them treated before things get worse. Watch out because there are types of worms, such as roundworms, that can spread to humans!
The most common types of allergies in dogs, skin allergies can get very itchy so expect your dog to scratch, lick and bite affected areas of their body excessively. They may also suffer from hair loss and red, irritated skin. Book an appointment with your vet to know what’s causing your dog’s skin allergies and have the vet customise a treatment plan.
Dogs may eat something they shouldn’t, and oftentimes, this is how they get an upset stomach. They may also get too excited for food that they eat fast and run around immediately after. But an upset stomach can also be a symptom of serious conditions and illnesses like digestive system cancer, ulcer or inflammatory bowel disease. Consult your vet for proper treatment.
Is your furry friend experiencing any of the conditions mentioned above? Hopefully not! Here’s wishing all dogs stay happy and healthy—with furparents that will not hesitate to bring them to the vet as needed!
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