Dogs don’t complain when they feel sick because it’s their instinct to hide illnesses from their owners. There will be noticeable signs, however, that will tell you the dog isn’t feeling well.
Your dog might have an ear infection if you notice the following symptoms: constant shaking of the head, frequent rubbing and scratching of the ears, swelling or redness of the ears, foul odor coming from the ears, difficulty chewing, head is tilting to one side, and a loss of balance. Ear infections are caused by bacteria, yeast, fungi or ear mites. It can also be triggered by allergies, ear trauma and polyps or tumors in the ear. The treatment will depend on the cause of the infection.
The following are the symptoms that your dog might have worms: vomiting, coughing, diarrhea, loss or change of appetite, lethargy, weight loss, and skin irritation or itching. There are 5 types of worms that affect dogs; these are tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and heartworms. Infestation of worms can be prevented by deworming and medicated baths. Of the 5, heartworms are the most dangerous. Your dog will need injections for treatment.
Fleas, Mites and Ticks
Fleas, mites and ticks live off of your dog’s blood. They are also carriers of diseases that can be fatal when left untreated. Infestation of these parasites can be prevented by regular bathing and grooming. Treating an infestation is more difficult than prevention because you’ll have to eradicate the eggs present in the upholstery and furniture the dog comes into contact with.
Diarrhea has various causes. It could be a symptom of a serious illness or caused by changes in diet, an infection, presence of parasites, allergies and more. It’s best to take the dog to your veterinarian in Singapore to determine the proper treatment. Make sure that the dog isn’t dehydrated while being treated.
Besides worm infestation and diarrhea, your dog can suffer from other digestive problems. The most common symptom is the loss of appetite. It is also important to visually check your dog’s stool and urine. One example, constipation, has several causes. If it becomes persistent, you should have your dog checked because it could be a symptom of a serious illness. Another digestive problem, gastroenteritis, is caused by an infection or inflammation. Make sure your dog doesn’t have access to spoiled food, toxic plants, and high-fat food.
Kennel cough is contagious. This usually goes away within 2 weeks among healthy dogs, but you should be aware the coughing is also a symptom of other diseases. It could be asthma, bronchitis, heart disease or a collapsing trachea. Persistent kennel cough needs medication and rest. There is also a vaccine against kennel cough. Ask your veterinarian about the vaccine especially if the dog usually comes in contact with other dogs.