When your dog is feeling under the weather, you might wonder when it’s appropriate to go to the vet. Dogs, after all, can seem sick one minute and fine the next! But there are a number of common dog problems that require veterinary attention. Here are some conditions to look out for so that you know when to bring your dog to your local animal hospital in Toronto, ON.
1. Worms Dogs are affected by a variety of worms, including roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms. Worms are uncomfortable for all dogs, and can be fatal in puppies. If you notice your dog scooting, losing weight, vomiting, or having diarrhea, it’s time to seek the advice of a pet hospital in Toronto. Worms are usually treated with oral medications, but not all medications treat all worms, so it’s important to know which kind your dog has before commencing a treatment plan. 2. Obesity Obesity is common in dogs. Diet, lack of exercise and aging can all contribute. Obesity can cause a variety of health problems and lower your dog’s overall quality of life. If you think your dog is overweight, it’s best to take it to the vet, who can weigh and measure your pooch and give you the best options for diet and exercise. The vet will also be able to identify any underlying health conditions, such as thyroid or hormonal problems. 3. Kennel cough Kennel cough is contagious, causes a honking cough and has symptoms similar to those of the human cold. Dogs most often get kennel cough in places where they’re exposed to other dogs. Though its usually a mild illness, it can be dangerous in puppies. However, if your dog shows symptoms, it should be seen by a vet, because the signs of kennel cough are very similar to more serious dog illnesses such as canine distemper. 4. Urinary tract infection or stones If your dog is peeing in inappropriate places, urinating often, or seems to be straining to urinate, it could be suffering from a urinary tract problem. UTIs in dogs can be treated with antibiotics, but they are also frequently accompanied by urinary tract stones, which may require changes in diet to treat. If you notice your dog experiencing these or any other problems that worry you, contact the veterinarians at Kato Animal Hospital in Toronto, ON. We’ll be happy to give your pet a checkup on our premises or arrange a home visit!