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Some Common Dog Diseases

Common Diseases of Dogs
Disease Nature of Disease Causative Agent
Distemper affects non vaccinated (non immunized) puppies in contact with infected animals; symptoms include loss of appetite, fever; inflammation of the brain is usual cause of death; some dogs may recover, but others have spastic tremors; foxes, wolves, mink, skunks, raccoons, and ferrets also susceptible virus
Infectious hepatitis affects dogs by causing hemorrhages and severe liver damage; affects foxes (Rubarth’s disease) by causing inflammation of the brain; clinical signs are variable because disease symptoms vary from severe to inapparent (i.e., no manifest signs) virus
Salmon poisoning occurs after consumption of raw salmon or trout carrying rickettsial-infected flatworm (fluke) larvae (Nanophyetus salmincola); affects dogs, foxes, and coyotes primarily in the Pacific northwestern United States; symptoms include high fever, swollen lymph nodes; usually fatal within five days rickettsia
Prostatitis inflammation of a gland near the urinary bladder (prostate gland) in male dogs; usually controlled by antibiotic drugs; other prostate-gland disorders may result from tumours (carcinoma, sarcoma) or from abnormal increase in cell multiplication (hyperplasia) varied
Congenital heart may occur in 1 percent of all dogs; heart disorders may lead to secondary disease diseases such as pneumonia, accumulation of fluid in body cavities, laboured breathing, edema; heart failure occurs inherited tendency
Hip dysplasia crippling disorder common in many breeds (especially German shepherds); a shallow hip socket (acetabulum) results in an unstable hip joint, particularly during motion of hindleg apparently inherited tendency
Kidney stones
(calculi, urolithiasis)
calculi develop in kidney, bladder, and male urethra (tube from bladder to outside of body); surgery usually necessary; inherited types include cystine calculi in certain dachshunds and uric acid calculi in male dalmatians hereditary, functional disturbance
Hypothyroidism thyroid gland may function marginally or be absent; symptoms include

awkward, slow movement, coarse, dry coat; treatment includes iodine,

thyroid preparations

functional disturbance
Dermatitis common symptoms include skin inflammation and loss of hair; causative agents include nutritional deficiencies, bacterial infections, hypothyroidism, allergies, hormone imbalances, and parasites (e.g., fleas, lice, mites, fly larvae, and ticks) varied
Strychnine poisoning accidental ingestion of 0.75 milligram of the poison (found in rat poisons) per kilogram (about 2.25 pounds) of body weight may cause death from convulsions and respiratory distress chemical compound
Glaucoma a group of eye diseases in which the retina and optic nerve are damaged; certain breeds have a hereditary tendency for the disease; other breeds develop glaucoma as a result of other eye disorders hereditary tendency in some breeds
Granulomatous colitis usually found in boxer dogs; symptoms include bloody diarrhea; severely and chronically affected dogs become emaciated; an infectious agent observed microscopically in the thickened colon has not yet been isolated or characterized not yet characterized
Pancreatitis in acute types the gland may be destroyed because of inflammation from unknown causes; an animal that lives may develop diabetes mellitus or be unable to secrete enzymes from pancreas, or both, thus preventing digestion, which increases the appetite and causes progressive weight loss; treatment difficult unknown

One Response to this Article, So Far

  1. Avatar Tim Grover says:

    Also ensure you look after your dog’s teeth and gums, which should be checked regularly, some good Dog Training Advice I always give to my clients because its so easy to overlook and yet so easy to deal woith.Teeth disorders and problems like bad breath and gingivitis can destroy the mouth and gums of your dog. Bleeding is also a sign that your dog is having some dental problems such gingivitis or bad odor but just take care of your dog’s dental health with good checking and diet,.

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