As our dogs age, they can begin to develop all sorts of health conditions. This is one of the main reasons a dog wellness plan is so essential, as it can help us catch things early. Some health conditions are more severe than others. However, any condition left unnoticed or untreated can cause very severe health complications. This blog will highlight 7 of the most common health conditions to keep an eye out for.

Skin Conditions

It is not uncommon for our dogs to develop different skin conditions. Some skin allergies are caused by different outdoor plants, pollen, or pesticides used in the dog's environment. It is also possible that dogs can develop skin irritation from internal issues, including parasites and food allergies. You will be able to tell if your dog has a skin condition if they are often scratching or chewing at their skin. With pet wellness coverage, your veterinarian or professional groomer will be able to spot skin irritation with routine visits.

Intestinal Issues (Vomiting & Diarrhea)

Dogs will vomit and have some diarrhea from time to time. While not every time your dog experiences these symptoms do you need to rush to the veterinarian, it is crucial to keep an eye on your dog. When our dogs are experiencing these symptoms, they might have an allergy, a block in their digestive system, have eaten something poisonous, or be dealing with a more serious health condition. If your dog continues to vomit and/or has diarrhea, you need to take them to the vet as they could become dangerously dehydrated.

If your dog is often experiencing these issues, your vet will conduct a series of tests, usually including a fecal examination, urinalysis, and bloodwork. All of which are included in a dog wellness plan.

Ear Infections

It is very common for dogs to develop ear infections as they cannot clear out debris as easily as humans can. Allergies and skin conditions can also cause ear infections. If your dog has an ear infection, they will be showing signs such as:

  • Shaking their heads
  • Scratching at their ears
  • Ear discharge
  • Foul odor coming from ears

Parasites

Many different types of parasites can affect our dog's health. Common ones include fleas, ticks, ear mites, heartworms, and intestinal worms. If your dog contracts any of these parasites, they begin to decline your dog's overall health, sometimes becoming extremely serious and life-threatening. This is why pet wellness coverage covers preventive care for these types of parasites. While there are ways to treat these parasites if your dog does contract them, prevention is the best treatment and the cheapest. Wagmo's dog wellness plans cover heartworm, flea, and tick medications, as well as different vaccinations to reduce your dog's chances of contracting these parasites.

Dental Disease

Different dental issues are prevalent in dogs, predominantly periodontal disease and gingivitis. When our dogs have a large amount of tartar buildup on their teeth this can begin to damage their teeth and gums. Bacteria can then begin entering through these damaged areas, entering the dog's bloodstream. This is very serious as it can lead to heart disease and kidney failure. Your dog's oral health is more important than many pet parents initially realize. While doggy dental treats are great, regular cleanings and dental checkups are necessary to ensure our dog's health. With Wagmo's dog wellness plans, pet parents can add dental hygiene to their pet wellness coverage.

Arthritis

Arthritis occurs when there is inflammation of a joint and is sometimes severe enough to turn into Degenerative Joint Disease. This often occurs due to an old injury or a congenital disorder such as hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia is a common condition in larger dogs but can affect smaller breeds as well. Luckily arthritis and hip dysplasia can be managed with the proper care. Pet insurance covers hip dysplasia and other hereditary and congenital conditions.

Arthritis symptoms in dogs:

  • Limping
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Licking site of pain
  • Reluctant to move

Dog wellness coverage can come in handy to diagnose arthritis with routine vet checkups and bloodwork.

Poisoning

Dogs have allergies to all sorts of things, many of which seem innocent but are often super harmful. When our dogs ingest something they shouldn't have, they will show signs such as vomiting, lack of appetite, diarrhea, noticeable pain, seizures, coma, decreased urination, blood in urine, weakness, and stumbling. Typically signs of poison will occur in the first 24 hours. Some of the most common toxins to dogs include:

  • Grapes: Can cause kidney failure.
  • Onions: Destroys red blood cells, which might result in kidney failure.
  • Chocolate: Adversely affects the heart, lungs, kidneys, and central nervous system.
  • Caffeine: Damages hearts, lungs, kidneys, and central nervous system.
  • Alcohol: Can result in damage to the respiratory and central nervous systems.
  • Moldy foods: Can cause botulism, a form of muscle paralysis.

Call your veterinarian right away when you suspect your dog may have ingested something other than dog-specific foods.

Many health conditions can affect our dogs at any time, at any age. A dog wellness plan with Wagmo covers all the routine care that our dogs need day-to-day. Including vaccinations, flea and tick care, and heartworm prevention. Pet wellness coverage is the best way to spot a health concern before it has a chance to cause too much damage. Build your personal Wagmo dog wellness plan today and get your free Wagmo quote!