Pet Health Problems

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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The subject of pet health problems is far ranging, but an issue to which every pet owner should be sensitive. Health care can be approached two ways. We can prevent pet health problems or we can react to pet health problems. The first is very important and, if begun early enough in a pet's life, may be enough to offset ever having to face the second. We are all human, however, even our pets. Certain problems or conditions are relatively common. Chances are you'll face them. The most important thing in preventing and resolving pet health problems is to pay attention.

What Pet Health Problems Are Most Common?

The issues veterinarians and pet owners most often face are behavioral. Because such problems can indicate an otherwise undetectable illness or condition, it pays to pay close attention to your dog's or cat's or other pet's behavior. Cat aggression, for example, may be an understandable and passing response to a new person or animal in the household, or it may be harmless cat play that only appears to be fierce. An indoor, older dog who suddenly begins urinating inside despite being taken for walks several times a day may simply be jealous of a new boyfriend or girlfriend.

Some mood or behavior swings, however, may be the first symptom of a grave pet health problem. Urinary tract infection is common among cats, for example. If the blockage it entails is left untended for as little as eight hours, the cat's life may well be at risk.

Your dog may scratch himself frequently, even though he is clean and shows no sign of fleas. It seems harmless, but he doesn't stop. While fleas and lice are visible parasites, others, including mites, are not. The problem may also be a skin or a food allergy, which will not go away on its own. For help with pet health problems, you can visit your vet, or look for common questions and solutions online. Often, a quick Internet search will provide you with just the answers you need.

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