Area of concern
- Abdomen (tummy)
- Anus (bottom)
- Back (spine)
- Brain and nerves
- Female parts: vagina and uterus
- Head, face and neck
- Legs, paws and claws
- Male parts: penis, testicles and prostate
- Mammary glands (breasts)
- Mouth and Teeth
- Skin and fur
Cognitive dysfunction (‘doggy dementia’) is a condition that can develop in some dogs as their brain ages. The cause isn’t fully understood, but it’s known to be made worse by changes such as a build-up of a harmful protein (beta amyloid), and poor blood flow.
Loss of balance can be caused by many different problems. Balance and coordination are controlled by the inner ear and brain, problems with either of these areas could cause balance issues.
Lungworm infection is becoming much more common, and is now a risk to dogs across much of the UK. Your dog is at risk of catching lungworm if they eat slugs and snails (this often happens by accident while eating grass).
Seizures can be distressing to witness, but remember your pet probably isn’t aware of what is happening to them. Stay calm, keep your pet safe then call your vet for advice.
Feline parvovirus (FPV) is a nasty disease that can be fatal to our cats and kittens. The best way to protect your cat against FPV is to vaccinate them regularly.