Dog Health Problems-Microbial Infections
The diseases that affect dog health should be prevented not only to save the dog but also to save the public. So, whenever the health of your dog is in doubt please consult your veterinarian. To save dog health, keep a check on their diet. Just like humans unhealthy food causes obesity, diabetes, heart and digestive problems. If the dog is loosing hair, the shine of the skin is gone, and if it refuses to play, jump or walk then diet is the problem. If you are feeding your dog the normal dog foods then it will definitely develop some diseases because the dog foods are jam packed with chemicals like synthetics to improve taste, powders, additives and colorants. It is just like human, when we buy some packed food from the market which is packed with chemicals and accumulates in the system and undermines the body from inside. Sometimes, the dogs get infected so badly that their organs stop functioning. Generally dog suffers with joint diseases like arthritis, hip dysplasia, and other degenerative diseases with the shoulders and hocks. Genetic diseases also affect dogs. Other common diseases are:
Periodontitis-The main symptom is inflammation of gum tissue and periodontal ligament. It is caused by microbial infection. It is the leading cause of tooth loss in dogs. It can be seen in almost any age of dogs. So, watch for bad breath, tooth loss, loose teeth, and gum recession.
Canine Parvovirus– Causes gastro intestinal infection. It is spread through infected feces.
Heartworm Disease– Caused by microbial infections, main symptoms are coughing, intolerance to exercise, and anemia. Heartworms are caused by mosquitoes. When they bite the dog it takes around six months to reach their blood vessels and lungs. Affected dogs should be kept in cage to limit their activities.
Bordetella Bronchiceptica-It causes kennel cough.
Gastroenteretis– The main characters are vomiting and diarrhea. Can cause extreme fluid loss and electrolyte disturbance.
Ringworm-Infection of skin, hair or nails.
Eye diseases– These are common in dogs like cataract and entropion.
To keep your dog healthy proper nutrition and preventive care is required. Other important thing to do is whenever you see any change in behavior without any reason, try to find what is irritating it, check its mouth, examine it physically, look for any swelling, cuts, etc. Once you are done with all these things consult your veterinarian.