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Top 5 Most Common Dog and Cat Health Problems

Top 5 Most Common Dog and Cat Health Problems in Charlotte, NC

Dogs and cats suffer from many of the same ailments that their owners do, but the most common ones are often the simplest ones to treat. At Hickory Grove Animal Hospital we see a wide variety of pet problems, but some happen much more frequently than others. You'll see repetitions in the lists for dogs and cats, but the most common for each species isn't quite the same.

Top 5 Most Common Dog And Cat Health Problems in Charlotte, NC.

Most Common Dog Health Problems

With all the dogs we see in our office, there's a surprising number of these same five health problems:

  1. Ear infections
  2. Skin allergies
  3. Hot spots or skin infections
  4. Excess vomiting
  5. Long lasting diarrhea

Most Common Cat Health Problems

Cats tend to develop a bit more serious health problems, or maybe they're just better at hiding the minor ailments. We see more cats for these problems than anything else:

  1. Lower urinary tract infections
  2. Vomiting that lasts for more than one day
  3. Chronic renal failure
  4. Hyperthyroidism or other thyroid problems
  5. Diabetes

When to Bring Your Pet Into Our Office

While many of the most common pet health problems are natural results of dogs and cats getting older, pets can develop any health problem at any age. The key to figuring out when your pet is truly sick it to pay attention to its behavior. If you're used to the way your pet commonly acts, you'll be quick to notice if it's suddenly hiding behind the couch, drinking a lot more water, needing to go outside much more often, or acting aggressively toward friends. Any marked change in behavior can be a sign of a serious health problem and should be brought to our veterinarian's attention.

Looking for a Veterinarian in Charlotte, NC?

Part of being a responsible pet owner is having a good relationship with your pet's veterinarian. Our team is dedicated to compassionate care for all pets, and our state of the art facilities make it easier for us to help your pet stay healthy. Give our office a call at 704-563-5858 to schedule an appointment today.


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