10 Most Common Illnesses for Dogs

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We think of our pets as members of the family. Because they’re family, we don’t want them to be sick or hurt. And we are often forced to spend large amounts of money to protect them from illness or put them back together from injury. Here are the 10 most common illnesses that our dogs may face:

10. Cruciate Ligament Injuries. These are tears to the ligament in the knee, and are especially common in dogs. Symptoms vary but can include: vomiting, weight loss, loss of appetite, lethargy and diarrhea. Cruciate ligament injuries require surgery, and although costs may vary they range in the thousands.

9. Limping. An injury of unknown severity, limping is an incredibly common issue for dogs. Treatment varies, of course, based on the cause, but a limp can trigger an expensive series of tests while the vet searches for the cause.

8. Pain. Pain can be caused by a variety of issues but sensitivity to touch, whimpering and whining, lack of social interest and stiff movement are all indications a dog is in pain. Diagnostics vary depending on the pain location (is it a leg or everywhere?) but diagnostics alone can cost you a couple grand.

7. Allergies. Dogs often deal with moderate to severe allergies, and unlike you, they’ve got no one to complain to about pollen! Symptoms include itching, heavy scratching, excessive licking and biting of paws. Most vets prescribe antihistamines and then steroids if the antihistamine doesn’t work. But less conventional methods, like allergy testing can yield better results for a tidier sum.

6. UTI. A urinary tract infection is a common source of annoyance if not actual pain for a dog. Frequent urination, trouble urinating and bloody urine are all symptoms of a UTI. Luckily, they’re easy, and pretty cheap to treat using antibiotics.

5. Growths. A dangerous and frightening thing to discover, growths are also pretty common in dogs. Fight the fear in the back of your head that it’s cancer, as dogs can develop growths for many reasons. Your vet will check for cancer, but if it isn’t, treatment is usually pretty cheap and easy.

4. Eye Conditions. Eye conditions like glaucoma (often most common in certain breeds) can be detrimental to your dog’s independence. They vary in severity, but it’s wise to regularly test breeds at risk for genetic eye conditions and pay close attention to your dog’s sight.

3. Ear Infections. Don’t worry, if you don’t notice the symptoms, your vet will. Ear infections are usually not threatening to your pup’s overall health but are painful and itchy to your dog. Treatment may run up to $250, depending on your vet.

2. Skin conditions. Some dogs have very sensitive skin, or chronic conditions that require chronic treatment, but skin conditions can also include insect or snake bite treatment, which can be expensive (think thousands).

1. Stomach Issues. Newsflash: your dog will eat things he shouldn’t. Diarrhea, excessive, gas, vomiting, foaming at the mouth and aversion to food are all signs your dog has an issue with their stomach. You can easily get into some high costs with stomach issues, especially if their symptoms indicate they are in imminent danger (think foaming at the mouth).

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