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Diseases in Dogs - How are the Diagnoses and Treatments


As with us, puppies are vulnerable to a range of diseases, in addition to the inherited ones that are passed on from parents to children, diseases in dogs are contracted through air, water or contact with other animals - and even people - sick. Diseases in dogs need to be the object of special attention from owners, so that the dog always has a healthy life.

In the periphery among the main diseases in dogs that make them go to the vet, viruses, most often due to lack of vaccination, are the most common. They can be contracted through air, water, food or contact with sick animals. They are everywhere and must be watched carefully.

Among the most common diseases in large centers, where there is a better awareness of vaccination, the most common diseases in dogs are canine dermatitis, which are skin diseases with the most varied causes.

Parvovirus in dogs is one of the most recurrent and also contagious canine viral diseases. Also known as canine parvoviral enteritis, its main target is young dogs and its mortality rate is quite high. It causes vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration. It is transmitted by the feces of sick animals and can even lead the dog to depression. Treatment is done with medications indicated by the veterinarian.

Another virus that deserves to be highlighted is the canine distemper, as this is one of the most serious dog diseases. Its symptoms are also highly contagious: fever, cough, conjunctivitis, vomiting, neurological problems, among others. Distemper can also lead to death. There is no cure, only treatments that alleviate the symptoms. Read more about distemper here.

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Thinking of diseases in addition to viral diseases, diabetes in dogs it is an interesting example. It can be either hereditary or caused by a sedentary lifestyle, infections, food or even some medications. Among the easiest symptoms to detect is increased appetite combined with weight loss. Diabetes can cause fatal complications in your pet's heart and kidneys. Read more about canine diabetes here.

As we know, these are not the only three diseases that our pets can contract, they are just a few examples of complications that affect dogs. The most important thing is that the owner is aware that periodic visits to the veterinarian can diagnose these and many other diseases early on, which considerably increases the chances of treatment and a healthy life for the puppy.


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