Fleas are an extremely common problem in dogs. The Big Flea Project in the UK in 2018 found that 14% of dogs were infested with fleas. Fleas can affect dogs of all ages. If caught early, fleas can be easy to get rid of. If left untreated, it can take longer to get rid of […]

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Ear mites are tiny parasites that are highly contagious. Dogs usually become infested by direct contact with another infested animal. They can also be picked up from the home, garden and environment. Any dog can catch ear mites, but puppies are more susceptible. Ear mites can be treated relatively easily. The ear mite, scientific name Otodectes […]

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Dementia is a distressing disease of older dogs. Symptoms include memory loss, anxiety and confusion. Around 50% of dogs over 12 years old have symptoms of dementia, rising to 68% by age 15. Although any breed of dog can develop dementia, it’s most common in smaller breeds. This may be because they generally live longer […]

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Cushing’s syndrome is a disease caused by high levels of the hormone cortisol. It’s the most common hormonal disease in dogs. It affects many organs and body functions. In older dogs, Cushing’s disease may be due to cancer. Cushing’s syndrome, or hyperadrenocorticism, is caused by excessive levels of cortisol in the blood, disrupting normal metabolism. […]

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Conjunctivitis is an eye condition usually caused by infection or allergies. Occasionally, it can resolve itself, but most cases need medication. Dogs of any age or breed can develop conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis or “pink eye” is one of the most common causes of red, inflamed eyes in dogs. It occurs when the conjunctiva is inflamed or […]

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Kidney (renal) disease in dogs happens when their kidneys stop working properly. Kidney disease may be chronic (comes on gradually) or acute (sudden). Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an uncommon illness affecting older dogs. Between 0.1 and 3% of dogs in the UK will develop chronic kidney disease.  Dogs of any age, sex or breed can develop […]

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Heat stroke is a very dangerous condition. It requires immediate attention, or it can be fatal. Remove your dog from the heat or sun if symptoms develop and contact your local vet. The most common cause of heat stroke in dogs is overheating during play or exercise. It can also be due to sitting in the […]

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BOAS is a condition that affects dogs with short, flat faces. Their snuffly breathing is often considered normal but is actually a sign that they are struggling to breathe. BOAS stands for brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome but can also be called brachycephalic respiratory syndrome. BOAS refers to a group of conditions caused by abnormalities in […]

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The most common type of arthritis in dogs is osteoarthritis. This is a condition that causes joints to become painful and stiff. It affects 80% of dogs over the age of 8 years old, and potentially up to 35% of dogs of all ages. Arthritis is irreversible and causes progressive deterioration of the joints, leading […]

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Kidney (renal) disease in dogs happens when their kidneys stop working properly. Kidney disease may be acute (sudden) or chronic (gradual). Acute kidney failure (acute kidney injury) is a life-threatening illness. It can affect dogs of any age, breed or sex. Around 0.5 to 7% of all dogs will develop some form of kidney disease […]

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