Top 10 Health Problems in Dogs:

Ear Infection

Ear infections must be treated by
a veterinarian in a timely manner. Two common signs are dizziness and awkward posture. Preventive care is the best defense.
Additional Resource: Proper Ear and Eye Care for Your Pet

Skin Allergy

Did you know one in seven dogs
suffers from allergies? Skin allergies
are a common reason pet owners
seek veterinarian care. Find out what
you can do to stop them.
Additional Resource: Don't Let Allergies Spoil the Fun

Skin Infection/Hot Spot

Hot spots and skin infections can be quite
painful for dogs. They can enlarge in only a matter of hours and need to be treated quickly. Avoid this type of skin infection and act now.
Additional Resource: Hot Spots


Dogs have a vomiting mechanism that rejects inedible substances they have attempted to eat. Owners must be aware that vomiting can be a symptom of a more serious illness. Puppies and older dogs are at a higher risk of dehydrating themselves and need special attention.


Whether an infection or change in diet is
causing diarrhea, the danger of dehydration is a serious concern. Owners must make sure their dog is not eating anything to cause this reaction. Persistent diarrhea must be checked out by a vet.
Additional Resource: Pet Diarrhea

Bladder Infection

A bladder infection can occur if a dog goes long periods of time without eliminating. If urine color is abnormal, a dog may be suffering from this type of condition. Watch out for painful
urination as another sign of bladder


There are many treatments available to
prevent joint problems in dogs. Arthritis is a common problem that can be inherited or caused by injury. Some types of joint problems are incurable so be proactive in your care.
Additional Resource: All-Time Best Joint & Arthritis

Soft-Tissue Trauma

Every dog suffering an injury must
be taken to a vet for precaution. Even if your dog does not exhibit signs of pain, a soft tissue injury may have taken place and can go unnoticed.

Noncancerous Tumor

Any type of tumor should be taken seriously
even though it may not be cancerous. Skin tumors do not have a uniform appearance and only a trained vet can decipher them. Genetics play a big role in this disease and certain breeds are more prone to develop them.

Eye Infection

If you notice your dog's eyes are red and watering frequently, this may be a sign of an eye infection. Eye infections cause dogs to be in pain. Take your dog to the vet if you think he/she may be suffering from this condition.

Top 10 Health Problems in Cats:

Lower Urinary Tract Problems

Urinary tract problems in cats can be fatal due to urethra blockage. Bladder inflammation is the common term describing this type of
condition where specific
causes/ symptoms are unknown.


Vomiting in cats usually occurs when the cat has swallowed something like hair or grass. This causes an irritation in the stomach and results in vomiting. Another contributing factor is eating food rapidly or in excessive amounts.
Additional Resource: What To Do If Your Pet Ingested Toxic Food Or Substance

Chronic Renal Failure

Chronic renal failure and kidney disease
can be caused by a bladder infection in cats. This type of infection is usually bacterial in nature as symptoms include blood in urine, vomiting, and loss of appetite.


Cancer goes along with cases of
hyperthyroidism in cats. Older cats are at a greater risk and exposure to cigarette smoke can be a contributing factor.

Diabetes Mellitus

Also called sugar diabetes,
diabetes mellitus develops because of a lack of insulin production. Obesity can increase the likelihood that a cat will suffer from this disease.
Additional Resource: Feline Diabetes


Often a change in diet can cause
a cat to have diarrhea. If diarrhea
is persistent, a veterinarian should be
called and the cat should be examined
more closely.
Additional Resource: Feline Diarrhea

Skin Allergy

Allergies affect a cat's immune
system causing hypersensitivity
to common substances in their
environment. Coughing and sneezing are two of the common symptoms.

Dental Disease

Diet is a major contributing factor to dental disease in cats. Domestic cats do not eat hair and feathers that are thought to have cleaned their teeth before domestication.
Additional Resource: Feline Dental Disease

Ear Infection

Ear infections in cats are not easy to diagnose properly. Causes can be complex but mites seem to be the usual culprit. If a vet has rules this out, another medical condition may be at fault.

Eye Infection

Many diseases in cats involve the eyes and associated infections. This condition, if not treated well, can cause blindness and be very painful.