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Most common canine conditions you should be aware of

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Pet owners automatically take on the responsibility of its care when it enters the home and family. The last thing any pet owner wants to face is its ill-health and medical issues. However, it does happen and being an educated pet parent helps in getting the best diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. Have a close connection with your local Rockford-area veterinarian as listed below or one closest to your home.

Some of the most common conditions affecting your dog may include:

Otitis Externa is an ear infection that is evident by inflammation of the external ear canal. Dogs with long, floppy ears are more prone to these infections and cause your pet great discomfort. Along with inflammation, you may note redness of the ear, your dog scratching at the ear, shaking its head, discharge from the ear and emitting a foul odor.

The second most common condition affecting dogs is skin allergies and dermatitis. Some of the most common allergies with dogs is flea allergy dermatitis and atopy. One is caused by a reacton to flea bites becaus e of its saliva on the dog's skin, resulting in irritation and skin infectons. Atopy os a skin disease caused by environmental substances like pollen, mold spores and other airborne substances entering the dog's respiratory tract through the skin. There will be visible signs of redness, itching and hairloss.

Diarrhea is characterized by sudden watery stools that often last for short perods of time due to illness or eating the wrong thing. If it lasts for more than a couple of days and shows signs of blood, contact your vet.

Vomiting is another common concern, often due to eating something that disagrees with the dog, eating too much or too fast. Vomiting can be the sign of a minor or major problem and should be monitored.

Pyoderma is a bacterial infection of the skin that can lead to intense itching and discomfort. The infection is superficial and affects the top layer of the skin and hair follicles.

Urinary Tract Infection can affect all pets and is more prevalent in cats than dogs. It is an inflammation of the urinary bladder that is caused by a bacterial infection. Typical signs of a UTI is freqent urination, straining to urinate without success, accidents in the home and finding blood within the urine.

Conjunctivitis is a condition of the eyes, involving an inflammation of the conjunctiva or the tissue coating the eye and lining the eyelids. This and other conditions of the eye may be noticeable with redness, squinting, eye discharge and scratching at the eyes.

Skin Masses, Lumps and Bumps are not uncommon, especially in the older pet. It can be something that is minor and benign, can be malignant or is an abscess, cyst, hives and a hematoma.

Giardia is highly contagious and known as a protozoan parasite found all over the world. Giardia lives in the canine intestinal tract and infection may result in gastrointestinal symptoms or present no symptoms at all. Common signs are stomach upset and diarrhea.

Injestion of Foreign Body is something many pet parents deal with, since many dogs, especially puppies like to eat anything and everything they encounter. Not only can they get poisoned and/or sick from eating the wrong thing, objects can be swallowed that can cause a laceration and trauma of the esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Of course, such occurences can be avoided if you monitor your dog completely and do your best to lock up and keep away all items that could be dangerous to children and pets alike. If you notice any of the above symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, restlessness and labored breathing, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Hopefully knowing all the possible issues that can affect your pet will help you better understand what to look for and how to help. Being more educated is important in getting the earliest possible treatment and medical intervention was necessary. Always be prepared and have your vet's number, along with an emergency vet number handy so you can contact them as soon as your dog is feeling "under the weather."

Rockford area pet parents that are planning your pet-friendly vacation, much great useful information is available at this site - Pet Friendly Travel

If you are looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Led foot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at Ledfoot Bakery. Contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, Ledfoot Bakery Contact.

If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at - Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists

For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 - Petland

For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy

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