Common Pet Problems

Pets are often treated as if they are a part of the family. When pets aren’t feeling well, pet owners usually take notice. While oftentimes pets quickly bounce back to their normal inquisitive selves, other times it becomes obvious that pets need veterinary care to make sure that they are doing alright. Common pet health problems likely develop at some point in a pet’s life, so knowing the signs and symptoms to look out for means that you will be ahead of the game when it comes to monitoring your pet’s health. At Mediapolis Veterinary Clinic in Mediapolis, IA, our veterinary team, Dr. Wendy Thomas and Dr. Seth Hartter, are standing by to help your pet stay healthy.

Common Pet Problems

Health Problems in Pets

Our pets are curious and easily get into trouble, which can trigger some type of unexpected health reaction. Our domesticated animal friends often share discomfort in the same way a human might, but we fail to notice the signs. Here is a list of common pet problems you may see as a pet owner.

  • Fleas and ticks: These are the perennial pests of dogs and cats, but with ongoing anti-flea treatments you can keep these pests at bay. Unusual scratching or biting, as well as visible hot spots and hair loss, are indications of a flea or tick infestation.
  • Vomiting: This can be caused by a variety of things, ranging from heatstroke to infection to indications of potential serious conditions.
  • Diarrhea: This is a common issue, and while we all know the symptoms, consistent diarrhea might indicate a more serious issue. Ensure that your pet has available fresh water and monitor its condition. Take it in to see our veterinarian if the condition lasts longer than 24 hours.
  • Ear infections: These are a common problem with dogs and are typically caused by allergies, bacteria, or the presence of ear mites. Symptoms include increased head shaking, discharge, odor, and lack of balance. Should you notice your animal experiencing these symptoms, bring it in to see our vet immediately.
  • Worms: Worms such as roundworms and tapeworms are frequent parasites suffered by both cats and dogs. Subtle signs include diarrhea, changes in appetite, and weight loss, but most evidence can be found in the animal’s feces and will resemble small white grains of sand.

Contact Our Team at Mediapolis Veterinary Clinic

If you are worried about your pet’s overall health, or you are noticing that it is suffering or is in some discomfort, we can help. Our team at Mediapolis Veterinary Clinic, including Dr. Wendy Thomas and Dr. Seth Hartter, will diagnose and treat the common ailments your pets might experience. Serving Mediapolis, IA, our team will help your pet stay healthy. Call us today to schedule an appointment.