Top 9 Dangerous Pet Diseases to Know

Many diseases are there, which infect pets and deteriorate their health conditions. Added to this, there are other dangerous diseases, which are life threatening for dogs and cats. Pet owners have to be always proactive to protect their furry companions from any deadliest disease. Symptoms of some diseases are difficult to recognize such that in the later stage they prove to be fatal for pets.

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Here are the top nine dangerous diseases that attack pets and badly affect their health conditions. Let us learn about them and find how you can safeguard your four-legged companion from such conditions.

  1. Arthritis

One of the most common ailments found in middle-aged to older pets. Leaving your pet’s joints painful and inflamed, arthritis cannot be cured completely. It is difficult to recognize as this condition is developed slowly over the years and suddenly you will find that your pet is reluctant to walk, run or do exercise. Even if you touch your furry pal, he/she feels pain.

Your vet can properly diagnose which type of arthritis your pet is suffering from. He can properly evaluate which joints are more inflamed or which area your pet is having more pain. Seeing the severity of the condition, your vet will recommend the treatment. Following the treatment along with some physiotherapy exercises, your lovable companion can lead an active life.

  1. Kidney disease

Compared to canines, older felines mostly suffer from kidney disease. Kidney disease is congenital or develops in dogs and cats due to age factor. Cats suffering from this disease can be treated and kept healthy for a long time whereas dog health deteriorates more quickly than cats.

Proper treatment and healthy lifestyle can keep pets free from kidney disease. An annual health checkup can help you diagnose this disease and protect your pet from harmful consequences.

  1. Flea and tick

Flea and tick infestation is the most common and dangerous when not treated timely. Flea and tick causes several conditions in pets ranging from flea allergy dermatitis, skin allergy, rashes to worm infection. Some ticks can even cause sarcoptic mange and flea infestation can lead to blood loss and anemia.

Effective flea and tick prevention treatment is the best option to fight back this disease. It comes in monthly topical treatment, which can safeguard your furry companions from fleas and ticks for the whole month.

  1. Diabetes

This sugary disease is not only common in humans but animals too suffer from it. Diabetes occurs in pets with age. It cannot be recognized easily through signs, so a vet’s intervention is needed. After diagnosing, he would advice you a treatment followed simultaneously with quality diet.

Proper exercise, nutritious food and balanced lifestyle can help your four-legged companion to stay active and fight against diabetes.

  1. Rabies

Some pet parents think that rabies is only caused to humans through dog bites. On the contrary, the truth is, animals too can suffer from this deadliest disease. Moreover, this disease is more common in wild animals compared to pet companions, but there is always a risk that your pet may be infected due this disease.

Fortunately, use of rabies vaccine in recent years has dramatically changed the scenario as it occurs rarely in pet animals. It is essential that you provide rabies vaccine to your pet at an early stage. In fact, in many states of America it’s a law to vaccinate your pet with rabies vaccine.

  1. Obesity

Obesity is yet another dreadful disease that affects most of the pets. However, for pet parents, it may not seem too serious but when not taken care of obesity in pets, it creates lot of health complications. Obesity usually leads to other diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, heart stroke and premature death.

Pet parents should keep the bodyweight of their pets under control through proper diet, exercise and different activities.

  1. Distemper

Often fatal in dogs, Distemper is the most dangerous disease in pets. With no curable solution, Distemper in canines is a contagious and serious viral infection. This virus usually shows up with neurological signs, high fevers and nasal discharge. It’s a deadliest disease and the dogs who survive from this disease normally face long term side effects such as stiffed paw pads and seizures.

Distemper vaccine is the only option to prevent this disease and it’s a part of a vaccination protocol. Though it’s not given to puppies, which are too young, dogs who are not treated with this vaccine are more prone to distemper.

  1. Parvovirus

Also known as Parvo, is the dangerous disease infecting both cats and dogs. This disease is more prevalent in areas where pet vaccination program is low. It highly affects kittens and puppies who are not vaccinated.

Parvovirus is curable when found in early stages and pets can take time in recovering through medication depending on the severity and the immune power of a pet. Luckily, once an animal is treated, this disease doesn’t have any long time side effects.

  1. Dental disease

Periodontal disease also comes in the list of most common diseases in pets. Canines and felines both suffer from plaque, tartar and severe gum disease when proper oral hygiene is not taken care of. Further, dental disease on the long run when not cured also leads to heart and kidney diseases in pets.

It’s crucial for every pet parent to follow regular dental checkup apart from introducing your pet to daily brushing. Make it a part of grooming, as this will maintain your pets oral health.

  1. Heartworm

Heartworm infection is the most dangerous and deadliest disease that pets may suffer from when not introduced to heartworm prevention program. Heartworm is spread through mosquito bites and it directly attacks blood vessels, lungs and heart. Heartworms multiply faster and clog the blood vessels around heart leading to fatal heart failure.

The best method to prevent heartworm infestation is through preventive medication. A monthly heartworm preventive can protect your pet from heartworm infection. If your pet is infected immediately, seek vet’s advice and start heartworm medication for treatment.

Learning about these fatal diseases, take care that you safeguard your pet from such diseases. Recognize the symptoms and take your pet to a vet. This will help to fight against dangerous diseases. It is always better that you follow a proper health protocol for your pet including preventive treatments along with routine health check up of your pet with your vet apart from not missing the vaccination program.

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