Despite how much we wish our furry friends never got sick, we are still not at a place in modern medicine where we can prevent these things. While excellent wellness care goes a long way, Alexander Animal Hospital still see many sick patients. We would love to share the most common dog health problems and solutions.
Dogs with Allergies
Humans with allergies receive respiratory problems, while allergic dogs often suffer from skin problems. Dogs can be allergic to airborne allergens such as pollens, flea bites, environmental allergens, and even their food. Also, allergic skin disease results in itchy skin, which might become red. Hair loss can happen too. If you think that your dog might be suffering from allergic skin problems, make sure to:
- Complete a good bath with a hypoallergenic shampoo
- Clean the ears if your pet pal is comfortable enough to allow it
- Note any recent dietary changes
- Call our office for an appointment if things aren’t improving quickly.
Perhaps one of the most common dog health problems we encounter is osteoarthritis. The toll of normal wear and tear or injury can damage your pet’s cartilage within the joint, resulting in degenerative joint disease. In addition, affected animals often experience the following:
- Decrease in muscle mass
- Reluctance to perform certain activities, such as jumping up into the care
It’s simple for our pets to become overweight. Maintaining an optimal weight can assist your pet in living a longer life and minimize the risk of issues like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and osteoarthritis. To prevent unwanted weight gain or assist your pet pal in losing a few extra pounds, you will need to:
- Measure your pet’s food
- Encourage healthy daily activity
- Substitute low-calorie veggies for treats or part of a meal, such as celery, carrots, and green beans
- Understand how many calories daily your pet should be eating and how to find this information in your pet’s food
Even though the most common dog health problems occur, Alexander Animal Hospital will be there for you when they do. We welcome you and your pet pal to be a part of our amazing family and take our role in assisting your pets seriously.
We Would Love the Opportunity to Care for Your Furry Friends!
Alexander Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital located in Severna Park, Maryland, serving the Severna Park, Pasadena, and Arnold Areas. Our goal is educating clients on the needs of their pets and understanding the importance of individualized veterinary care in order to strengthen the human-animal bond between owners and their pets.
We understand you have a choice when deciding on the care for your pets, and we strive to provide you with unparalleled services including wellness exams, vaccines, lost pet microchip ID, dental care, surgical services, digital radiography, and in-hospital laboratory services and diagnostics. Other highlights of Alexander Animal Hospital are the separate cat and dog waiting and exam rooms, as well as after-hours on-call emergency services.
Please take a look around our website and then give us a call at 410-777-8678 to set up an appointment.