Veterinarians treat a variety of conditions in dogs and cats, and a report out today reveals the most common diagnoses in animal clinics for the year 2011. Dogs were most commonly treated for ear infections, skin allergies, and skin infections. Our feline friends were most frequently seen with cases of bladder infection, chronic kidney disease, and overactive thyroid problems.
Dr Carol recently explained common causes of stinky ears in dogs and gave recommendations on how to properly clean and take care of canine ears. In case you missed it, you can find that post here. Ear infections can be difficult to treat if there is some question regarding the exact type of bacteria responsible for the infection. Pet owners are advised to request definitive testing if ear infections in their pet seem to be recurrent or hard to treat.
Skin allergies have also been a topic of discussion on our blog. With warmer temperatures and plenty of sunshine, both dogs and their owners are spending more time outdoors leading to more opportunities to be bombarded with seasonal allergens. Be sure to take note of Dr Carol’s tips on dealing with allergies if your dog seems sensitive to outdoor allergens.
Skin infections are often due to debris remaining within a cut or scrape or repeated scratching by the dog. Flea and tick bites are common reasons for dogs to scratch deeply enough to cause open sores. Flea infestations can also invade your home, so Dr Carol offers these tips to get rid of fleas that may save your dog from developing secondary infections.
Cats suffer from urinary tract conditions much more commonly than dogs, both both species can experience problems. Cats with a urinary infection can display a range of symptoms varying from difficulty or reluctance to urinate to urine leakage and dribbling. Whenever your cat displays urinary problems it is wise to seek the advice of your veterinarian so that the condition does not develop into something far worse.
Chronic kidney disease is a result of long term damage to the kidneys from repetitive infection and kidney failure. Unfortunately, chronic kidney disease is not reversible, though it is able to be managed. Dr Carol has previous written about natural remedies that can be helpful for pets with chronic kidney disease.
Thyroid disease can cause a variety of symptoms in your cat. Cats with overactive thyroid gland may have an increased appetite but fail to gain weight, have vomiting and diarrhea, and may drink more frequently than normal. Untreated thyroid disease can cause heart and/or kidney failure.