When we think of dogs, we think of floppy ears and puppy-dog eyes. But there’s a living and breathing animal under that fur.
Like humans, dogs can suffer from a variety of health problems ranging from intestinal parasites, skin disease and ear infections, eye problems, digestive upset, and dental disease.
And knowing a little bit about your dog’s organs and how they function can help you spot those problems. Keep reading!
Like people, dogs can suffer from a range of eye problems. Common symptoms of eye problems in dogs can include cataracts, injuries, conjunctivitis, and eyelid deformities.
To avoid some of these dog eye problems, it is important to keep the hair trimmed around their eyes or out of their face, as can a gentle sweep around the eye area with a damp cotton pad or soft cloth.
In most cases, eye problems that dogs suffer from will be a mild inconvenience, but there are also many conditions that require serious veterinary care.
If you notice an issue with your dog’s eyes, it is best to take them to the vet for treatment.
Stomach problems are very common in dogs. Most dogs will have some type of stomach upset in their lifetime, perhaps even frequently. However, if an upset stomach persists, especially with vomiting and diarrhea, it can be a major problem.
Stomach problems in pets could be a result of many factors. If you notice your dog is having signs of stomach upsets, always ask your vet for proper advice before giving medications to your dog as not to worsen the condition.
While all dogs have more sensitive stomachs than humans and can experience digestive upsets, these types of problems are most common to deep-chested breeds as well as shepherds, collies, and golden retrievers.
Taking good care of your pet means feeding it the right type of food as well as taking precautionary measures. If you’re owning a german shepherd, it’s necessary to feed them a quality diet to prevent stomach issues.
A dog’s mouth is much more than a woofer for various vocalizations — it’s actually a barometer of his overall well-being.
Dog mouth problems are surprisingly common and can be caused by anything from abrasions, infection, or chewing on inappropriate items, to a genetic predisposition for oral cancer.
Chewing is not bad. It is a normal and necessary activity for a dog. Chewing only becomes a problem when your dog chews things you don’t want him to chew.
When you are away from home or are too busy to watch your dog, confine him in a place where he can’t get into trouble. For some dogs, this can be a small room. For many, this means a dog crate. When confined, your dog will be safe and will not be able to get into anything he shouldn’t.
If you have a puppy, plan to crate him until he is at least one year old to get through the worst of the teething periods.
A Happy Dog is a Healthy Dog
Keeping your dog healthy will allow them to live a longer life with you, happy together.
Check out the article 15 Interesting Facts About Your Dog’s Organs by Leo Wilson to discover more information about take care of your dog’s body and organs!