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There are several health problems dogs and cats may visit the vet's office for more than others. These ailments are some of the more common things I've personally seen pets get sick with.
Common Reasons Why Dogs Visit the Vet
1. Ear Infections
Veterinarians typically see at least one dog ear infection case on their schedule every day. Ear infections can be caused by an overgrowth of yeast, bacteria, or a combination of the two. Ear infections in dogs are very itchy and you may notice your dog scratching their ears or shaking their head a lot. Thankfully, ear infections are easy to treat.
2. Itchy Skin
Itchy skin is another common reason why dogs go to the vet. It can be caused by allergies, fleas, yeast infections, or bacterial infections. If your dog is licking and scratching uncontrollably, chances are that they are uncomfortable. Being itchy is no fun after all. It they continue to irritate their skin, a hot spot can arise.
3. Broken Nail
It's important to regularly groom your dog, and that includes nail trims. Most dogs need their nails trimmed about every 6 weeks. Sometimes, accidents happen and nails get broken during playtime or outdoor adventures. There is a good blood supply in a dog's nail bed, so there will be some bleeding most likely. This type of injury can be painful, but a veterinarian can help.
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4. Diarrhea and Upset Stomach
Diarrhea and/or upset stomach are two common symptoms that can be caused by a large number of health problems including stress, parvo, pancreatitis, intestinal parasites, and food intolerance. Because diarrhea in dogs can be a symptom of several different health problems, it's best to seek veterinary advice when it occurs.
5. Skin Lumps
It's very common for dogs to get skin growths or lumps. Many times, the lumps and growths are benign but it is possible that these growths could be cancerous. One of the most common skin growths veterinarians see are Lipomas, which are growths of fat underneath the skin.
Common Reasons Why Cats Visit the Vet
1. Eye infections or ulcers
One common reason why cats go to the vet's office is due to eye issues. If you notice excessive discharge coming from your cat's eye, you will likely want a vet to look at it. Outdoor cats also commonly get eye ulcers, which can be dangerous if left untreated for too long.
2. Upper Respiratory Infections
Sometimes, newly adopted kittens or adult cats can have upper respiratory infections. This is likely from being kenneled at the shelter with other cats. Upper respiratory infections in cats can also go along with the eye problems mentioned above. They can take time and patience to clear up with medication, but it's well worth it.
3. Urinary Problems
Cats have sensitive urinary tracts and can come down with a number of urinary health issues. These problems might include bladder stones and/or crystals, urinary tract infections, and urinary blockages. If your cat visits the litter box frequently, urinates inappropriately in the house, or seems uncomfortable when urinating then there may be a problem with their urinary tract health.
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Unfortunately, cats can be afflicted with all kinds of cancer just like humans. It happens more often to senior cats, but certainly could affect a younger cat as well. Any skin growths on your cat should be checked out by a veterinarian. Skin growths and masses on cats are less common than they are in dogs.
5. Cat Bite Wounds and Abscesses
This is just another reminder as to why keeping your cat indoors is safer for them. For some cats, it's easier said than done however. When outdoor cats get into fights with other neighborhood cats or strays, a bite wound can easily become infected and cause an abscess. They are usually not pretty and rupture a few days after the wound initially occurred which is when most cat owners notice there is a problem.
How to Be Prepared for Your Pet
Unexpected veterinary bills are no fun. That's why it's important to be prepared when your pet gets sick or hurt. There are two great ways you can be prepared financially for those unexpected veterinary visits.
One option is to have pet insurance. Having pet insurance can help you relieve some of your financial worry if something should ever happen to your pet. Plus, it's nice to have for your yearly checkups. An estimated 40% of the cost of owning a dog goes towards unexpected veterinary bills.
Another option is to set up a special savings account just for your pet. That way, if you ever need to pay for a surprise vet visit you'll have the funds to pay for it.
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