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.
Vestibular disease/syndrome is a problem that affects balance and coordination; caused by any condition that disturbs the balance (vestibular) centre in the ear and brain.
A seizure (often called a ‘fit’) is faulty electrical activity in the brain which causes your dog to lose control of their body.
Epilepsy (also known as ‘idiopathic epilepsy’), is a common cause of seizures in dogs between 6 months and 6 years old. Epilepsy is often inherited (passed down from a parent) and can’t be cured but can usually be managed with medication.
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).