There are lots of reasons why your pet might need a trip to the vet, along with their regular check-ups. Our vets have put together a list of the 10 most common conditions in cats and dogs:
- Skin problems
- Epilepsy and seizures
- Cushing's Disease
- Wounds and traumatic injury
- Hip Dysplasia
Skin problems are the most common reason dogs and cats need to see a vet.
Lots of conditions can affect your pet’s skin, like:
- underlying diseases
Your pet should have a shiny, healthy coat with no dandruff, scabs, parasites or dryness. If you see any change in their skin or coat, or they show signs of discomfort or itchiness, you should see your vet.
Skin problems in dogs and cats can be difficult to diagnose and sometimes it can take lots of different tests to find the cause.
Signs your pet has a skin condition might include:
- hair loss
- rubbing themselves against furniture
- pawing at their face
- shaking their head.
Skin problems can be incredibly uncomfortable so it’s important to see a vet who can identify the problem and give your pet the right treatment.
Which pets are at risk of skin disease?
Any pet can develop a skin problem.
- Pets that don’t get enough vitamins could be at risk of developing skin issues so make sure you give them a varied and balanced diet.
- Pets with weakened immune systems may be more at risk of getting parasites, like fleas, and other skin disease.
- Pets with other underlying disease, such as hypothyroidism or Cushing’s disease, are prone to skin problems.
Is your dog feeling itchy and uncomfortable? Try our PDSA Vet Care range:
- PDSA Vet Care Skin Supplement for dogs is designed to reduce the urge to scratch whilst supporting skin health.
- PDSA Vet Care Dog Shampoo contains antifungal and antibacterial agents with coat conditioners, to cleanse, soothe and help prevent skin disease.
Diabetic dogs and cats have difficulties controlling blood sugar levels. They’ll need daily or twice daily injections of insulin to control their blood sugar levels. Diabetes requires lifelong treatment and lots of trips to the vet to keep a close eye on your pet’s health.
Common symptoms of diabetes in dogs and cats include:
- drinking and urinating more often
- weight loss
- lethargy or tiredness
Diabetes is life threatening for pets if left untreated. Luckily, it can be easily controlled and managed with help from your vet. If you spot any of these symptoms take your pet to their vet for a check-up.
Which pets are at risk of developing diabetes?
Any pet can develop diabetes but some things can increase their risk of getting the disease:It’s more common in dogs 7-9 years old, and middle aged to older cats.
Females dogs are more likely to develop diabetes than males.
Diabetes can develop in any breed but is seen more commonly in some dog breeds, such as:
- Cairn Terriers
Any breed of cat can develop diabetes.
Some diseases can make diabetes more likely, e.g. Pancreatic or Cushings disease.
Obesity increases the likelihood of developing diabetes, especially in cats. Find out more about keeping your pet’s weight in check.