- Skin Allergies - Dogs can suffer from allergies to foods or things in their environment. Dogs will exhibit skin, digestive and respiratory symptoms. You should watch your dog for signs including constant licking, paw chewing, increased scratching, sneezing, and itchy watery eyes.
- Ear Infections - If your dog has a lot of hair in their ears, he can get ear infections when yeast builds up. Regular grooming can help prevent ear infections. Symptoms include head shaking and ear scratching.
- Benign Skin Cancer - Tumors on the skin or the tissues just under the skin account for 30% - 40% of all tumors found in dogs. When you are playing with or caring for your dog feel for any lumps or bumps. Contact your vet if you notice anything unusual.
- Hot Spots - A hot spot can form when your dog’s skin becomes irritated causing him to scratch or lick. Hot spots are red, moist, hot and irritated lesions. A few of the things that can cause a hot spot are allergies, insect bites, poor grooming, and ear/skin infections.
- Periodontitis/Dental Disease - When plaque and tartar build up and spread below the gum line your cat can experience pain. That pain is associated with inflammation, infection, and tooth loss. You can help by seeing a vet for regular dental cleanings.
- Urinary tract disease - UTI’s are common in cats. They are caused by bladder stones, infection, and inflammation. Watch your cat for symptoms including frequent attempts to urinate, painful urination, lack of appetite, and irritability.
- Renal disease or failure - A cat’s kidneys manage blood pressure, remove waste from the blood, and more. Renal disease, when left untreated, may require urgent care. Signs your cat’s kidneys may be failing include frequent urinating, drinking a lot, vomiting, diarrhea, bloody urine, and weight loss.
- Upset stomach - A number of things can cause an upset stomach. The most common cause is eating too fast. Symptoms of an upset stomach include vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.
Emergency pet care may be necessary if any of these issues are left untreated. If you notice any physical or behavioral changes in your pet, call the veterinarians at 4 Paws Animal Clinic in Winter Park at (407) 832-9266.