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Common Health Issues For Pets

Common Health Issues For Pets from our Charlotte Veterinarian

Dog scratching due to fleas and ticks

Just like humans, dogs and cats are subject to a variety of health issues. In fact, most of them are similar to the health problems humans face. Animals catch colds, develop kidney problems, skin problems and digestive problems. Pets are even subject to issues such as depression and senility.

As with many human health problems, many pet health problems can be prevented through proper nutrition, exercise and healthy habits such as vaccines, regular checkups and lots of quality interaction. 

The following are some common health issues your pet may experience.

Common Health Issues For Dogs

  • Fleas are a common problem faced by dog and cat owners alike. Aside from being a complete nuisance for animals and humans alike, fleas can cause other problems.
  • Ear infections frequently affect dogs. Look for signs such as excessive head tilting and scratching at the ears, swelling, redness and discharge.
  • Worms are common if not prevented and can cause weight loss and malnutrition. Look for signs such as a rough, dry coat, scooting on their bottom, vomiting and diarrhea and the appearance of worms in the stools or bedding. Worms must be addressed by the veterinarian with the proper treatment.
  • Hot Spots are also common and like tapeworms is often a result of fleas. Hot spots often start as a mild skin irritation that your dog licks, scratches or chews creating sores which then get infected. 

Common Health Issues For Cats

  • Tapeworms are caused by ingesting fleas (another good reason to prevent fleas) and result in weight loss and stomach problems such as vomiting and diarrhea. You may also see worm fragments in feces and bedding.
  • Vomiting may be a result of ingesting fur or it could be other reasons. It's important to pay attention to your cat's vomiting as it can be a sign she has ingested something toxic. You can minimize the vomiting up of fur by brushing your cat regularly.
  • Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease can cause extreme discomfort and symptoms such as bloody urine, straining to urinate, loss of appetite, depression and visible signs of pain. 

Contact Your Hickory Grove Animal Hospital

If you are looking for a new veterinarian in Charlotte NC, contact Hickory Grove Animal Hospital at 704-563-5858 to schedule an appointment. Our clinic provides the best in veterinary care for your pet.


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