How to Discover and Treat Common Ailments in Your Dog

Do you know how to discover and treat common ailments in your dog?

Ear Infections

Signs your dog may have an ear infection are ear discharge, ear swelling and unusual tiredness.  Ear infections can be caused by allergies, bacteria, ear mites and ingrown hair. Don't wait to take your dog to the vet if you suspect an ear infection. It's relatively easy to treat by keeping the ear clean. However, in some rare cases, the vessel of your dog's outer ear may have ruptured and needs repair.

Fleas and Ticks

Signs your dog may have fleas and ticks are excessive skin licking, nibbling or scratching, hair loss, irritated or red skin and little black skin dots, also known as flea dirt. Ticks look like little black plugs attached to the skin. Just one flea on your dog can turn into thousands more within weeks, and ticks can carry life-debilitating diseases. So be on the lookout and ask your dog walker or pet sitter to be too. It's important to act fast and get your dog on a consistent regimen for fleas and ticks to eliminate and prevent them. This includes flea and tick medicine for dogs, from oral to topical, as well as shampoos, special collars and, if need be, removal with tweezers.


Signs your dog may have worms, which are parasites, are bottom-dragging, diarrhea, possibly with blood in it, hair loss and an overall poor appearance you can't peg, including a dull coat and sullen eyes. Your dog can get different types of worms, including hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms and whipworms. Hookworms can be fatal to puppies. So, again, be on the lookout and don't wait to act. Treatment at the vet will depend on what kind of worms your dog has. The sooner you rid your dog of worms the better, and doing so may even save your puppy's life.

Hot Spots

Signs your dog may have hot spots, or acute moist dermatitis, are, again, excessive skin biting or scratching, hair loss and inflamed or red skin. Hot spots can result from an allergic reaction or a bacterial skin infection and increase in size very quickly if you do nothing. So, again, acting rapidly is essential. The vet will shave the area around your dog's hot spots for better access and prescribe a treatment of oral and topical medications, as well as a possible food change.

Being a good pet parent means looking out for signs of common ailments in your dog and acting swiftly to restore health and happiness. You'll see lots of tail wagging for sure.

Thank you for reading!