With our little furry companions becoming more like children each day we take it seriously if they’re not feeling well. But, even the most diligent pet parent might miss something sometimes.

Sometimes dogs show health problems in ways that look normal to humans. It’s easy to miss something important and think they are ok.

Here are the top 5 serious dog health problems you might be missing and the symptoms that tell you something is wrong.

1. Panting

Now, it’s normal for Fido to pant after a romp around the yard chasing a ball but, the panting should quickly relieve itself after some water and rest.

A dog’s panting is similar to heavy breathing in humans. If a human suddenly started breathing heavily while at their desk at work that would be cause for alarm. Same with our furry friends.

If your dog starts panting all of a sudden or the panting is in an abnormal pattern it’s a good idea to seek the advice of your vet.

Some of the health problems indicated by panting are:

  • Heatstroke
  • Cushing’s Syndrome
  • Chronic Illness
  • Respiratory Disorder
  • Heart Failure
  • Other Injury

While most pants are innocuous but, if something seems off then trust your instincts. You know your pet and what’s normal. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

2. Blood In Their Urine

When’s the last time you really inspected the aftermath of your dog hitting the fire hydrant? It’s important to look at the urine and fecal matter your pooch is producing to have a good idea of what’s normal for them.

Then, if something is different you’ll know right away. If you’re noticing a pink hue or any sort of blood in your dog’s urine get them to the vet right away.

They’ll need to run tests to determine whether it’s a serious issue or not. This symptom is seen a lot in female dogs over the age of 7 who have diabetes. But, there are other potential causes that are quite serious.

Here are a few examples:

  • Bacterial Infection
  • Urine Crystals
  • Bladder Stones
  • Congenital Abnormalities
  • Urethra Obstruction
  • Physical Trauma
  • Cancer
  • Prostate Disease

As you can see the list is not a pleasant one, make the trip to the vet right away.

3. Ear Infections

Ear infections are super common in dogs. It’s especially prevalent in dogs with ear flaps because it’s hard to keep moisture and dirt out of there and bacteria love moist dark places.

Here are some of the indications that your dog might be fighting an ear infection:

  • Problems Balancing
  • Red Ear Canals
  • Strange Ear Smell
  • Vigorous Scratching Of The Ears
  • Head-Shaking and Tilting
  • Swelling of the Outside of the Ear
  • Bloody Discharge

If you notice any of these signs, or more often than not, a couple of them, take your pet into the vet. They’ll be able to flush the ear canal and test for infection. Follow the directions for the medication and your pooch will be good as new.

4. Worms

Has your dog suddenly stopped eating? Your house-trained pup started to have accidents in the house? Your dog might have worms.

Worm infestation is easy to miss and they are easy to get. It’s especially serious for puppies who need all the calories they can get to grow big and strong.

Here are some top signs your dog may have worms:

  • Loss of Appetite
  • Scooting
  • Vomiting
  • Roughness of Coat
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight Loss
  • Changes in Appearance

If any of these symptoms persist longer than a day it’s a good idea to head into the vet. The only way to treat worms is medication. Trying to use home remedies can sometimes make the problem worse.

Your vet will be able to perform the proper tests to confirm the worms and give you medication that will eliminate the problem.

5. Compulsive Scratching

Does your dog never stop scratching? While dogs scratch often normally, excessive scratching can be a sign of something else. 

Here are some reasons for excessive scratching:

  • Dry Skin
  • Fleas or Other Parasites
  • Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Allergies

If you go to the vet and rule out parasites take a look at your dog’s food. Talk to the vet about any potential allergens and other foods you could try to confirm the suspicion of allergies.

Dogs Love Unconditionally, Make Sure You’re Being Diligent and Notice These Dog Health Problems Right Away

We hope these dog health problems gave you something to think about.

Dogs give so much to our lives and they’re depending on us to be their healthcare advocates. If anything seems off about your pet don’t hesitate to go into the vet’s office.

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