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Posted on 09-21-2017

Common Pet Health Problems in Dogs and Cats

Your pet is your very best friend. Their health matters to you, so at the first sign of trouble, you shouldn’t hesitate to bring them into an animal clinic servicing Montrose residents.

There are a lot of common health problems affecting both cats and dogs. We will now explain these more in-depth.

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Common Health Problems Affecting Cats

Cats aren’t at the mercy of as many health afflictions as dogs are, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take their health seriously. Here are some issues they may have:

  • Retinal disease, inflammation, viruses, glaucoma, cataracts, conjunctivitis, and other eye issues.
  • Diarrhea, which may occur due to cancer, liver disease, infection, allergies, expired food, intestinal parasites, and dietary issues.
  • Cats can get tapeworms, too. These may be smaller or larger (and can be two feet in some cases). If your cat has tapeworms, they may have lost weight and will vomit more often.
  • Fleas, which cause such symptoms as hot spots on the skin, hair loss, reddened skin, inflammation, and licking and scratching the area.
  • Feline lower urinary tract diseases or FLUTDs with vomiting, no appetite, dehydration, and depression.

Common Health Problems Affecting Dogs

Here’s what you should monitor for if you have a dog:

  • Diarrhea, which may occur because of poor diet, intestinal parasites, parvovirus and other infections, and even stress.
  • Fleas, which more commonly affect dogs than cats. The same symptoms apply.
  • Worms; besides tapeworms, dogs can also get whipworms, hookworms, and roundworms. In some cases, the infection may be deadly. Look for symptoms like shoddy appearance, vomiting, rump scooting, dry fur, lack of appetite, weight loss, and bloody diarrhea.
  • Ear infections, which may occur due to excessive hair growth, ear mites, yeast, or allergies. The dog may have ear discharge, redness and swelling, no balance, and an ear odor.

About Colony Animal Clinic, Your Animal Clinic Servicing Montrose, Fairhope, and More

Does your cat or dog need treatment? Come see us at Colony Animal Clinic. As your animal clinic servicing Montrose, Fairhope, and more, we’re a trusted choice for your four-legged friends.

Call us today at 251-928-7728 or visit us at Colony Animal Clinic on 359 Morphy Avenue.

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