Dog Health Diagnosis
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Dog Health Diagnosis

Most dogs will fall ill at one time or another. Common allergies, food problems, parasites all lead to a breakdown in dog health that needs to be diagnosed fast and treated well. The area of dog's health diagnosis is becoming something of a super-specialty, and the information provided here is by no means an alternative to your vet. In case of any health problems, your dog is best off with a vet. But the pointers given here will definitely equip you and prepare you to deal with most common dog health problems and diagnosis.

Dogs that are kept outdoors are especially vulnerable to fleas, ticks and stings. A serious offshoot of this is the Lyme disease that affects dogs. Symptoms include loss of appetite, swelling of the lymph nodes, dehydration and inactivity. Diagnosis is usually done on the basis of a blood test that measures the antibodies to those bacteria. Dogs may be vaccinated against Lyme disease.

Dogs often get infested with fleas and ticks. Itching is the most common symptom of fleabite. But flea-sensitive dogs can show severe signs like hair loss in that area, inflammation and skin infections. Diagnosis is done by checking the underside of the belly, armpits or other dark and furry areas. Fleas dislike light, and will burrow deep into the hair. Topical ointments are an effective way to get rid of fleas. Once fleas enter your home, the entire home will need treatment to get rid of the pest once and for all.

Skin infections in dogs are difficult to diagnose. Though skin infections are not fatal, they are often chronic, and last a long time. Fungal, allergic, bacterial and parasitic skin diseases occur in dogs. Diagnosis can usually be done by a vet after careful perusal of the case history as well as observing the appearance of the lesion, its location etc.

Arthritis is a very common dog health problem in older dogs. Arthritis is the inflammation of the joints, and may result in lameness. Difficulty in getting up or lying down, reluctance to bear full weight on one leg is indicative of arthritis. Diagnosis is done by constant observation of the dog.

Diagnosis of diarrhea in dogs is fairly easy. Diarrhea can be acute or chronic. Acute diarrhea can often be treated at home itself. But chronic diarrhea needs to be taken to the vet as this may indicate some other infection like ulcers or cancer.

Diagnosis of some common types of cancer can be done at home while grooming. Lumps that do not go away, general weakness and tiredness or anemia may indicate cancer. To keep such a dog healthy, it is advisable to keep him eating as much as he can.

Ear infections are a common and distressing health problem in dogs. Red, sore and smelly ears are the first indicators of an ear problem. Most common causes of ear infections include moisture trapped in the inner ear canal, ear mites (they are less common), allergies, or matted hair. Dogs with long, floppy ears are predisposed to ear problems and require constant checkups and grooming. Usually a dose of antibiotics will help in clearing the infection. Early diagnosis is the key to effective prevention.

Periodontal diseases are "silent diseases" because they progress very slowly and are not detected easily. Loose teeth, bad breath and bloody gums are some of the early indications. Diagnosis is not very easy if the owner is not careful. Periodontal infections can lead to secondary problems like loss of appetite, weight loss, increased susceptibility to diseases etc. Starting a dog care program while the pup is still young is the best way to ward off gum and teeth diseases in dogs.

The above mentioned are just some of the most common health problems in dogs and their diagnosis. Any dog that is showing signs of sickness, apathy or disinterest as opposed to its natural and usual behavioral patterns needs to be observed carefully for any of the symptoms. If diagnosed early, the dog can escape much suffering and regain his full health pretty fast.

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