Chandler Gilbert Animal Hospital in Chandler treats a variety of health conditions in cats and dogs. Each animal has common conditions that require treatment from veterinarians and owners should be mindful of their susceptibility to these illnesses and act promptly to get treatment for their pets.
Common Dog Medical Conditions
The following four medical conditions affecting dogs can be disconcerting for pet owners and your pet. However, they are largely treatable. Understanding the signs and symptoms can help you know when to seek treatment for your pup.
- Skin allergies.
- Ear infections.
- Dental disease.
Symptoms of skin allergies in dogs include the following: hives, itchiness, swelling (especially in the face, ears, eyelids, and earflaps), sneezing, and irritated and inflamed skin. Among the more surprising and alarming symptoms of skin allergies are vomiting and diarrhea.
Ear infection symptoms can include excessive rubbing of ears or scratching them against carpet or other hard objects, discharge from the ears (may be yellow, brown, or bloody), loss of balance, pawing or scratching at the ears, and hair loss or scabs developing around the ears.
Arthritis symptoms include stiffness, limping, lameness, reluctance to climb stairs or jump onto furniture, and behavioral changes. Some animals may even urinate in the house to avoid walking outside, experience appetite loss, or even weight gain.
Dental disease symptoms often include tooth loss, bleeding or red gums, loose teeth, bad breath, and difficulty chewing hard food.
Common Cat Medical Conditions
Cats also have many common medical conditions. These are four you might want to be on the lookout for.
- Urinary tract infections.
- Dental disease.
- Chronic kidney disease.
Urinary tract infections are very common among cats and the symptoms include straining to urinate, frequent attempts to urinate, blood in the urine, urinating outside the litter box, and crying out while urinating.
Dental disease is also common among cats who may not receive the same amount of dental care and attention as dogs. Signs include excessive drooling, loss of appetite, vomiting, bad breath, swollen or bleeding gums.
Chronic kidney disease in cats may mimic symptoms of other health conditions, but it is worth a visit to our animal hospital to get to the heart of the matter if your cat is suffering from poor hair quality, losing weight, has bad breath, and experiences lethargy or depression.
Feline diabetes is a fairly common and treatable condition. If left untreated, though, it can greatly affect your cat’s life and quality of life. Common symptoms include excessive thirst, frequent urination, increased weight loss, and appetite, as the condition progresses, your cat may experience more serious symptoms.
Chandler Gilbert Animal Hospital understands that your pets are family and will work with you to identify and correct these and many other health conditions for your pet.