This list is from Dogtime.com and can be accessed at this link: Dogtime Serious Dog Diseases
Top 10 Most Serious Dog Diseases
Obesity: ♦ Obesity has become as serious of a problem in our pets as it is in the human population. Overweight pets are more prone to heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and premature death.
Heartworm: ♦ Heartworm is a disease spread by mosquitoes and it has been diagnosed in all 50 states. If the infection is caught early enough in dogs, it can generally be treated, but there is no cure for feline heartworm disease.
Dental disease: ♦ Dental disease is the perfect example of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” because bad oral health can also lead to dangerous heart and kidney conditions in pets.
Parvovirus: ♦ Commonly called “parvo,” this virus is terribly common in parts of the country with low vaccination rates and can be seen in cats and dogs (although the disease cannot be spread cross-species).
Distemper: Distemper is a tragic, often fatal disease of dogs and puppies.
Kidney disease: ♦ Kidney disease is common in senior cats, but also seen in cats and dogs of all ages. While cats with kidney disease can be treated and kept healthy for several years in most cases, dogs typically deteriorate more quickly.
Rabies: ♦ Rabies is the disease made famous in the heartbreaking scene in Old Yeller. It is still present in wild animal populations, and because rabies is always fatal, it’s critical to make sure that your pets are current on their rabies vaccination.
Flea and tick-borne diseases: ♦ Fleas and ticks are certainly undesirable guests on your pets fur and they can carry serious diseases.
Arthritis: ♦ While there is no cure for arthritis, there are joint supplements, and even treatments like acupuncture, to help keep your pet as mobile.
Diabetes: ♦ Pets can develop diabetes as part of the aging process. While diabetes in cats and dogs can often be controlled by a plan of diet and exercise, some pets will require regular insulin shots.
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