As pet business professionals we are the temporary custodians of our clients pets and we do our best to give them the best care we can. One of the ways we can show we care is to keep an eye on their health and wellness and be on the watch for the most common pet medical problems.  Being aware of the symptoms of these pet diseases can help to diagnose problems early and ensure that the pets have the best chance for treatment and a fast recovery!

Veterinary Pet Insurance reports that the following six diseases are the most common claims filed:

1) Skin allergies

Unlike humans who react to allergies with nasal symptoms dogs typically react with skin problems. Some of the symptoms are itchy red skin, poor coat texture and length, itching and chewing (especially the feet), constant licking, and hot spots.

2) Ear infections

Symptoms of ear infections include scratching at the ears, holding head to one side, or down, and shaking of the head. Ears may also look bloody, waxy, or swollen.

3) Stomach upsets

Symptoms of intestinal problems include a grumbling stomach, vomitting, and diarrhea. Upset stomach is more prevalent in puppies because they eat and chew everything in sight!

4) Urinary Tract Infection

Symptons of lower urinary tract disease include bloody urine, straining to urinate, urination in unusual places, and excessive licking of the urinary opening.

5) Benign Tumors

Tumors are easily detected by performing an all over body check each time you care for a pet. Lumps and bumps under the skin are often benign tumors caused by deposits of fatty tissue, cysts, or infected hair follicles.

6) Pyoderma

Pyoderma is a bacterial infection of the skin that is common to dogs and uncommon in cats. Symptom is a skin rash that may appear as small bumps, pus filled pimples, or blood filled blisters. The disease may be caused by parasites, allergies, or homonal disorders.

Keep an out out for these symptoms in your own and your clients pets. Consult a veteranarian if you feel a pet may be suffering from any of these ailments. If you have any other tips that can help protect the health of our pets please leave you comments and share your knowledge with others…