Dog Insurance Health Issues
By Grant Copland
Unfortunately, dog cannot talk and it is therefore hard to tell if something is wrong. Dogs hide pain well and if you do not notice changes in their behaviour, it can be sometime before you recognize something not right. This makes treatment both harder and more expensive.
Dogs typically will visit the veterinarian more times than cats and particular breeds can have extra inherited problems. Having Dog Insurance will help cover the cost of veterinarian visits and give the dog owners more chooses if their pets have a major illness or accident.
Thinks to look for that may indicate illness in your dogs are:
- Changes in eating / drinking patterns
- Diarrhoea or vomiting
- Weight loss Personality changes like becoming bad tempered for no logical reason.
- Changes in temperature, heartbeat or pulse.
If you dog is showing any of these symptoms above, it is important to see a vet quickly. Early treatment will improve your dog’s chances of a speedy recovery and may even save their life. Owners with Dog Insurance are more likely to visit their vet and get treatment early.
All skin diseases will make your dog miserable and account for half the visits to vets as they are the most noticeable.
You will notice the following signs:
- Hair Loss
- Iinflamed skin or unpleasant discharge.
Skin diseases can be divided into five categories; fungal, bacterial, allergic, parasitic and hereditary.
All dogs suffer from bad breath, usually the result of old food particles and plaque. You could brush your dog’s teeth regularly. Continually bad breath could indicate problems like gum disease, month infections, gastrointestinal disease or kidney disease.
About 20% of all dogs will suffer from some sort of ear Infection. The ear canal encourages the accumulation o wax, debris and water and this provides a good environment for infections.
Dogs with ear problems may show the following signs:
- Head shaking
- Scratching Ears
- Unpleasant Odour from Ears
- Yellow or Brown Discharge
- Sore Ears
- Tilting Head to One Side
- Loss of Hearing.
Do to the nature of dogs, most dogs will suffer from a least one form of internal or external parasite. Regular grooming will help you spot signs of infection as most parasites will leave tell tail signs on the fur and skin.
Internal parasites are:
Roundworm, Tapeworm, Hookworms, Whipworms, Giardia & Heartworms
External parasites are:
Fleas, Ticks, Mites & Lice
Ticks can cause a disease called Lyme disease. This disease is contracted through tick bites that release bacteria into the bloodstream, causing symptoms similar to those experiences by dog flu. Left untreated, Lyme disease will cause heart and kidney problems.
As a dog owner, you should consider buying dog insurance for your family dog. As the cost of veterinarian health care continues to rise, dog insurance for your dog is making more financial sense.
Grant Copland is the owner of PetHealthCover.com.
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