Puppies and elderly dogs are at the highest risk for disease, but that doesn’t mean that adult canines aren’t susceptible to health issues. Keep an eye out for these seven health conditions that commonly affect adult dogs:
Allergies: Allergies are most likely to pop up during a dog’s adult years and can result from fleas, food ingredients, or seasonal allergens. The most common symptom is itchy skin accompanied by scratching, biting, and licking. Allergy testing or a special diet may be recommended.
Cancer: Most cancers are associated with senior dogs, but some are commonly diagnosed in adult dogs. Lymphoma, hemangiosarcoma, and osteosarcoma are all possibilities for younger adult dogs as well as seniors. Signs of cancer include vomiting, weight loss, and lethargy. Always discuss anything out of the ordinary with your dog’s veterinarian.
Dental Disease: Unfortunately, routine oral care is often overlooked by pet owners, which can lead to abscesses, tooth loss, and other issues. Brushing your dog’s teeth at home and professional dental cleanings can protect your pet from periodontal disease.
External Parasites: Fleas and ticks are a common problem for companion animals that can make everyone in the house miserable. An itchy flea infestation can be hard to get rid of and lead to flea bite allergies. Ticks are dangerous parasites that can transmit Lyme disease and Rock Mountain spotted fever. There are several prescription and non-prescription flea and tick control products to treat parasites and prevent infestations.
Gastric Dilation Volvulus: More commonly referred to as bloat, gastric dilation volvulus is an extremely dangerous condition that most commonly occurs in middle-aged, deep chested dogs. Symptoms of bloat include a distended abdomen, drooling, and unsuccessful attempts at vomiting. Since bloat can turn fatal very quickly, immediate veterinary care should be sought if these symptoms occur.
Heartworms: These deadly parasites can be easily prevented with a monthly heartworm medication. Speak with your pet’s veterinarian about the best heartworm preventative for your pet.
Obesity: Obesity is one of the most widespread and serious health problems facing adult canines. Dogs that are overweight or obese are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, joint pain, and other issues. Keep your pup at a healthy weight by opting for a healthy dog food and providing plenty of exercise.