Common Medical Concerns: DogsAre you bringing home a dog from a shelter or pet store? Then you’re probably running around in a flurry of activity to prepare your home to welcome the new member of your family. While getting the doggy bed, toys, and treats is a fun part of preparing for your new dog, there’s something else you should do to ensure your furry friend is healthy and happy for many years to come… 

Make sure any health issues are taken care of promptly. But you can’t exactly do that unless you’re aware of the most common medical concerns for dogs are. Informing our wonderful clients of common medical concerns is why we began this blog series, which continues today with this article about common medical concerns for dogs. 

The first blog article was about common medical concerns for puppies, and the second was about kittens – you can check them both out here. 

Before you welcome your dog home, it’s always a good idea to get informed of the most common medical concerns so you can be on the lookout for your dog’s wellbeing at all times. You should also be sure to schedule a visit to Pet Medical Center for your dog ASAP after adoption so one of our doctors can make sure your dog enjoys optimal health from day 1.

Ear infections

Many dogs develop ear infections for a variety of reasons – allergies, yeast, ear mites, bacteria, hair growth deep in the ear canal, etc. Your dog may have an ear infection if they shake or tilt their head frequently, their ear smells bad, they vigorously scratch their ears, have trouble balancing, have unusual back-and-forth eye movements, their ear canal is read, the outer portion of the ear is red, or they experience brown, yellow, or bloody discharge. 

If you suspect your dog is suffering from an ear infection, call us at (951) 676-3531 and we’ll make sure your dog sees a doctor ASAP.

Parasites

Parasites are pretty common in many dog breeds. Tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms are internal parasites that can make your dog super uncomfortable. If your dog has diarrhea, is losing weight, has changes in appetite, a rough, dry coat, scoots on his bottom, vomits, or has an overall poor appearance, don’t hesitate to call Pet Medical Center at (951) 676-3531 to determine whether your furry friend has any parasites or other health problems. 

Fleas

Just about everyone knows that sometimes dogs get fleas – but do you know the signs your dog has them? 

  • Excessive scratching, licking, or biting on skin
  • Hair loss
  • Hot spots
  • Allergic dermatitis
  • Tapeworms
  • Flea dirt (looks like small black dots) on your dog’s skin

Fleas can make your dog miserable, but they don’t have to. At the first sign of fleas, call Pet Medical Center at (951) 676-3531 to get your dog treatment immediately. Your dog doesn’t have to suffer – just bring them to Pet Medical Center and the fleas will disappear in no time. 

We’re here for you anytime – call us at (951) 676-3531 anytime you suspect your dog isn’t feeling well. Our motto is, “Where your pets are part of our family,” so you can rest assured that your dog will be treated with care and respect every time they come to Pet Medical Center. 

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