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Your pet is just like you in that there are a vast number of conditions that they may acquire in their life that will have varying impacts on their health. These could be a minor ear infection that just needs a few drops, a stomach bug that they picked up at the dog park that we need to hydrate them for or something far more serious such as blocked bladder or an ongoing issue such as diabetes. There is no shortage to the health conditions they could acquire at any stage of their life. Typically these conditions can be categorised into one of the following categories.

Our pets can be born with diseases that can pose a higher risk at different times in their life.

  1. Congenital: These are conditions that your pet is born with such as congenital heart problems such as defects in the walls or valves within the heart. They may have liver issues such as shunts or even brain conditions such as hydrocephalus a condition that causes an accumulation of fluid within the brain leading to headaches, loss of balance, incontinence and even changes in personality. As congenital problems are often genetic, certain breeds may be at a higher risk than others for various conditions.
  2. Allergy Acquired: These are typically developed between the ages of 6 months to 3 years. The reason for this is that your pet needs time to firstly come into contact with the allergen and then secondly because your pet’s immune system needs time to develop an overactive response to the allergen. Common allergies include flea allergy, food allergy and atopy which is an allergy to something in their environment.
  3. Age Acquired: These are conditions that are generally acquired later on in life and include common diseases like diabetes, hyperthyroidsm, chronic kidney disease, cancer.

These are general guidelines when defining the condition your pet has and it is important to remember that your pet can develop these conditions outside these ages or circumstances.

We’ve put together the top 10 common ongoing conditions that our vets see in each of the species Vets on Call specialises in (Dogs and Cats).

Common Condition Services

Dogs

  1. Skin Allergies: Can be caused by environmental factors, food or parasites such as fleas.( flea, food, atopy,)
  2. Ear Infections: Mostly related to yeast or bacterial infections and can also be caused by ear mites.
  3. Non-cancerous Skin Mass: Harmless growths such as warts or lipomas (fatty lump) that is either on the skin or between the skin and muscle.
  4. Hot Spot: Usually on the skin these are triggered by trauma or excessive moisture to the skin.
  5. Arthritis: A condition that damages the body’s joints that leads to severe discomfort and pain.
  6. Vomiting / Upset stomach: Can be caused by a variety of things but is usually an inflamed stomach due to dietary upset or infection.
  7. Periodontitis / Dental Disease: This can range from a serious gum disease that deteriorates the soft tissue in the mouth and can erode the bones that support the teeth to much more benign issues such as tartar build up and calcification of the teeth.
  8. Diarrhoea / Intestinal Upset: Can be caused by a variety of factors but typically is a viral or bacterial issue within the digestive system.
  9. Bladder or Urinary Tract Infection: Far more common in female pets. This is a bacterial infection that can affect any part of the urinary system including the kidneys, urethra, bladder or ureters.
  10. Soft Tissue Trauma: This is a bruise or contusion that can be caused by a number of factors mainly blunt force to the affected area.

Cats

  1. Bladder or Urinary Tract Infection: Far more common in female pets. This is a bacterial infection that can affect any part of the urinary system including the kidneys, urethra, bladder or ureters.
  2. Periodontitis / Dental Disease: This can range from a serious gum disease that deteriorates the soft tissue in the mouth and can erode the bones that support the teeth to much more benign issues such as tartar build up and calcification of the teeth.
  3. Chronic Kidney Disease: Occurs of a long period of time where the kidneys slowly lose their ability to filter blood the way they should. This results in waste building up within the body that can lead to a number of other health issues.
  4. Vomiting / Upset stomach: Can be caused by a variety of things but is usually an inflamed stomach due to dietary upset or infection.
  5. Excessive Thyroid Hormone: This is the body’s over production of the Thyroxine Hormone. It can cause a number of health conditions such as rapid weight loss, rapid or irregular heart beat and increased appetite amongst other things.
  6. Diarrhea / Intestinal Upset: Can be caused by a variety of factors but typically is a viral or bacterial issue within the digestive system.
  7. Diabetes: Is a disease that affects the body’s ability to process sugar in the blood. It can be a result of too much sugar in the blood or the body’s inability to produce sufficient insulin which regulates the body’s blood sugar levels.
  8. Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Is a condition that causes the walls of the gastrointestinal tract to become inflamed and reduces its ability to digest and absorb nutrients from food.
  9. Upper respiratory Infection: Caused by a number of viruses and bacteria that affect your cat’s upper respiratory system. Symptoms are similar to a common cold for humans and include sneezing, pus like discharge from eyes or nose, coughing and lethargy.
  10. Lymphoma: This is the cancer of a specific white blood cell called lymphocyte. These cells are the major cell in lymph nodes that are present in blood and tissue throughout the body. Symptoms can appear very slowly but include lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea.

It’s quite a broad list and the listed conditions are really just the beginning. Luckily, Vets on Call has spent the time and energy on creating a service that can treat not just all the listed conditions but 98% of all the conditions unlisted within the comfort of your own home. We believe unreservedly in the value of providing stress-free veterinary services that lead to better diagnoses of your pets’ conditions without them ever needing to leave home. The best care really is at home.

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