6 Most Common Dog Diseases

By ADDW / April 9, 2019

Our fur buddies are unable to tell us exactly what's wrong and where it hurts. So, as responsible parents, we should be able to recognize the symptoms of  potential health risks and seek professional help. 

Here's a list of  some of the most common health problems our fur buddies may encounter.

6 Most Common Dog Diseases

1. Cancer

Dogs can suffer from all the types of cancers we do, such as lymphoma, melanoma, breast cancer and even prostate cancer to name a few.

Treating cancer can take the form of surgeries, chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Like all cancers, catching it early is the most important thing, so look out for any unusual lumps or spots on your dog’s skin, ears and eyes.

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Finding out that a loved one has cancer can be very scary and confusing. When that loved one is your dog, it’s important to keep in mind that different veterinarians might have different views on the best way to treat the disease. It’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion, perhaps from a veterinary oncologist, and carefully review your options.

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2. Parvovirus

It’s part of the core vaccines all puppies should be given—which means most dogs should not actually get this preventable viral disease that attacks their intestines and heart.

Symptoms include severe diarrhea and weight loss, vomiting, and lethargy. The chance of survival is not great—more than half the dogs that get parvo will die.

Source: ​The Dog People​​​

Parvovirus is extremely contagious and can be transmitted to any person, animal or object that comes in contact with an infected dog’s feces.
The virus can live in the environment for months, and may survive on inanimate objects such as food bowls, shoes, clothes, carpet and floors.

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3. Kennel Cough

Unfortunately it’s not something that can really be avoided and in reality, although kennel cough can sound bad, it’s equivalent to the common cold for us. The best way to look after your pet with kennel cough is to give them rest and plenty of good food and water.

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4. Ear Infection

Often, dirt, dust or some other alien object like a grass seed can become lodged inside your dog’s ear, causing it to become irritated and, eventually, infected. You’ll know if your dog has an ear infection if they’re pawing at their ears a lot.

Ear drops with antibiotics will usually be prescribed by your vet in order to fight off the infection. Another good habit to get into is cleaning your dogs’ ears.

Source: ​Bow Wow Meow​​​

5. Kidney Disease

Unfortunately, kidney disease that develops over a pet’s lifetime—a.k.a. chronic kidney disease—is not preventable most of the time. Dogs with a genetic predisposition to kidney failure are most at risk.

However, there is one cause of chronic kidney disease that is preventable: dental disease. In the advanced stages of dental disease, bacteria from the dog’s gums can enter the bloodstream and damage vital organs, like the kidneys.

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6. Arthritis

Arthritis is very common amongst older dogs. In fact, 1 in 5 Australian dogs suffer from arthritis, or osteoarthritis as it is known, at some point during their lives.

You’ll notice that your dog is slower to get onto their feet (especially in the morning or in cooler weather) and will be far less active than they used to be. It’s often very hard to tell if your dog is suffering from arthritis. Even though it’s very painful, your dog won’t show much sign of complaint.

Source: ​Bow Wow Meow​​​


There are plenty of dangers lurking out there for your dog, but by arming yourself with the knowledge of the most common and preventable deadly diseases, you can keep him safer.

Source: The Dog People

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