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Major Health Problems in Dogs and Cats Our canine and feline companions have been around us for thousands of years and are considered the earliest domesticated animals. These mammals suffer from some of the same health problems that affect humans, like skin diseases, arthritis, diabetes, diarrhea, ear infections, etc. There is no rule of thumb to categorize health problems of pets in an ascending/descending order; it depends on breeds, age, heredity, region, environment and eating habits. A Great Dane or German Shepherd will have different set of medical problems than Chihuahua or Pekingese. A senior dog will be more susceptible to infections than young. From empirical evidence and data available from vets and pet insurance companies, we can reach the following conclusion about major health problems in dogs and cats. The list is not exhaustive and in no particular order, but most common are listed. Some diseases are breed-specific. Some diseases may be common to different lists. Many diseases are flea and tick-borne and can be controlled with flea and tick treatment. Use this as a guide when visiting the vet. Disease/Condition Skin Allergies and Disorders

Infectious Diseases

Genetic Diseases

Eye Diseases Orthopedic Diseases Gastrointestinal Diseases Other Diseases, Conditions and Problems

Dogs Canine Atopic Dermatitis (AD), Hot Spots, Lick Granulomas, Canine Scabies, Canine Ringworm, Flea Allergy Dermatitis, Cushing’s Syndrome, Mange Viral: Rabies, Canine Distemper, Canine Parvovirus, Canine Influenza; Bacterial: Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Fungal: Ringworm, Histoplasmosis, Parasitical: Heartworm Disease, Hookworms, Tapeworms, Roundworms Hip Dysplasia, von Willebrand Disease, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, deafness, Epilepsy Cataracts, Canine Glaucoma, Cherry Eye, Progressive Retinal Atrophy Bone Fractures, Hip Dysplasia, Arthritis Vomiting, Diarrhea, Anorexia

Cats Fleas Allergy Dermatitis, Feline Acne, Mange, Cheyletiella, Hyperthyroidism,

Benign and Malignant Tumors (Lipomas, Papillomas, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Bone Cancer); Diabetes, Heart Failure,

Lower Urinary Tract Disease, Feline Asthma, Diabetes Mellitus, Dental Diseases, Bladder Infection, Tumors and

Viral: Rabies, Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calicivirus, Feline Distemper Fungal: Ringworm Parasitical: Heartworm, Roundworm, Ear Mites Familial Renal Disease, Heterochromia, Flat-chested Kitten Syndrome, Heart Valve Dysplasia Corneal Ulcer Arthritis Diarrhea, Vomiting

Anemia, Food Allergies, Dental Diseases, Obesity and behavioral problems such as biting and excessive barking

Cancer, Food Allergies, Malnutrition, Obesity

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Dogs and cats suffer from same problems life us. So find out the major health problems among them.