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Most common reasons for a visit to the vet

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Dog owners should, at minimum, an annual visit to the veterinarian for routine wellness exams. As a dog ages, bi-annual visits are recommended so overall health of the dog may be evaluated and problems may be identified before they advance or become more serious. However, outside of these visits, pet insurance companies have compiled data that tracked the most common reasons there is a need to see a veterinarian outside the routine check-up:

  • Stomach and Intestinal Ailments: Food allergies, reactions to medication, eating spoiled food or a foreign object, toxins and cancer may cause a dog to vomit or experience diarrhea. These two symptoms may be mild or severe. In extreme cases, they may indicate the dog has a chronic disease.
  • Ear Infections: The #1 reason for a trip to the vet for a dog is ear problems. Normally, the problem develops from inflammation and/or infection typically caused by buildup or yeast or wax, moisture, climate and allergies. If there are two or more dogs in the home and the dogs "groom" on another by licking inside the ear, there's a strong chance an infection may occur.
  • Bladder Infections: An indication that a dog may have a bladder infection is straining when urinating, urinating often and blood in the urine. The cause of the infection may be an urinary track infection urinary stone, urethral blockages and other disorders such as cancer. Dogs with diabetes will often develop stones; this is a painful problem and an expensive and painful surgery for the dog to have the stone(s) removed.
  • Skin Problems: Ear infections may progress to cause itchy and inflamed skin on the dog. Often the cause is an allergic reaction to food or something in the environment, fleas or mites, insect bites, stress and boredom. Identifying the cause of the allergy may be simple or may involve a series of trial and error to figure out exactly what is causing the problem.

If a dog displays any of these signs of these problems, it's recommended the dog is brought to the vet so the problem may be diagnosed and treated.

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