Do you live with your pet in your apartment in Roanoke, VA? If so, you have probably discovered that your pet can talk; or at least communicate. If you pay close attention, your dog or cat can tell you when something is wrong with their health.
Here are some common pet health care issues, and ways that your pet tries to tell you that something is wrong.
Tooth decay is one of the most common health care problems for dogs and cats. If you neglect brushing your pet’s teeth regularly, bacteria living in the mouth can enter the bloodstream through decaying, infected teeth and gums. The harmful bacteria can cause swelling and bladder infections. Rotten teeth also make it painful for your pet to chew her food and get proper nutrition.
Dental hygiene problems are common, but can be easily avoided with regular brushing and veterinary care. In between vet visits, watch out for the signs of tooth decay. What to look for:
- Your pet’s gums bleed when chewing on toys
- Your pet only uses one side of her mouth to eat food or doesn’t really chew at all
- Your pet pulls away when you massage her cheeks
- These signs may let you know that your pet needs veterinary dental care.
Obesity is another of the most common pet health problems including skin inflammation, heart disease, and diabetes, among others.
If you see a large tummy, can’t feel his ribs, or notice that he is often short of breath, it is probably time to consult veterinary care about a diet plan for your pet.
Skin problems are another of the most common health issues for pets. If your pet licks, chews, or scratches a certain spot excessively look for skin patches that are red and irritated or have lost fur. Skin problems can be caused by allergies, bacterial infections, or bug bites. Raw areas on the skin may also indicate an internal problem, such as a break or sprain, as dogs will lick a painful area in an attempt to heal.
Fleas are a specific type of pet skin problem that you can also easily identify. More than just a nuisance, the presence of fleas can lead to serious health care problems like anemia in pets.
Check his belly regularly for small, black spots known as “flea dirt.” You may even be able to see fleas crawling on his skin — especially around his hindquarters or neck.
If you are interested in a pet friendly apartment in Roanoke, VA, contact Honeywood Apartments.