conditions found in dogs
Dogs, just like people, can show symptoms of allergy when their immune systems recognise certain everyday substances as foreign. Even though these substances are harmless to most animals, a dog with allergies will have an extreme reaction to them.
Just as in humans, our pets can have Type I or Type II diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that affects the body’s ability to convert glucose into energy.
Distemper is a disease caused by the canine distemper virus. It affects dogs primarily, but in Europe other animals, such as foxes and ferrets can be affected. The virus is closely related to the measles virus.
Dogs are at risk of infection and infestation of many types of parasites and some can be deadly, therefore regular treatment is recommended to ensure your dog stays protected throughout the year.
Gastroenteritis is a nonspecific term to describe an inflammation of the digestive tract (gut or stomach/intestine) and is often characterised by a sudden onset of vomiting and diarrhoea.
Dogs and cats may ingest an object that can pass down the oesophagus but is unable to pass out of the stomach or along the intestine (guts). This is known as a gastrointestinal foreign body.
A number of viruses have been associated with this disease, a common one being a parainfluenza virus. The bacterium most commonly isolated is Bordetella bronchiseptica.
This disease is caused by a type of bacteria called Leptospira, which is found throughout the world. Leptospires can be transmitted directly from an individual’s urine or indirectly via contaminated water.
Fear and anxiety in response to noise is one of the most common behavioural concerns in dogs. Approximately 50% of dogs react fearfully to some type of sound.
Osteoarthritis is a painful and progressive disease involving joint inflammation, cartilage destruction and eventually bone changes.
The virus targets rapidly dividing cells and multiplies in the digestive tract and other tissues including the bone marrow.
Rabies is a serious viral illness that can affect any warm blooded animal. Infection is usually by a bite from an infected animal. The virus causes inflammation of the brain (acute encephalitis).
Many skin diseases can look similar, often presenting with itchiness (pruritus) so your vet may advise conducting some simple tests to help diagnose the problem.
Is your dog one of the 27% of UK dogs that suffers from travel sickness? It can occur in dogs of all ages but puppies are more sensitive.
Canine viral hepatitis (formerly called Rubarth’s disease) is caused by a virus, canine adenovirus Type 1 (CAV-1). In Europe, it affects primarily dogs and foxes.