Common Pet Diseases

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and how to prevent them

The following are some common pet ailments that can cause our pets distress and in some cases even prove fatal. But with a little preparation or knowledge it is possible to avoided or at the very least reduce their impact on your cat or dog. Please share the infographic below to increase awareness of these common pet ailments.

Common Pet Diseases


Lungworm affects dogs and is a life threatening illness if not treated. Dogs catch lungworm by eating infected snails or slugs.


  • coughing, heavy breathing or lack of energy
  • nervous signs including wobbling and fainting
  • coughing up blood or nose bleeds

Lungworm is easy to prevent and to treat by using a worming tablet that is effective against Lungworm.


As part of the core vaccinations given to puppies most dogs shouldn’t get this disease. Unfortunately, puppies reared in puppy farms are most at risk.


  • severe diarrhea
  • weight loss
  • vomiting

More that half of infected dogs die making this preventable disease particularly nasty.

Lyme Disease

Carried by ticks, Lyme disease is easily preventable. Medication will prevent Lyme disease and other tick related diseases. Checking your pets for ticks will also help prevent infection.


  • lameness in limbs
  • stiffness and decreased appetite
  • kidney failure if left untreated

Treatment is through antibiotics – however symptoms may not completely go.


Activities that were once routine for your dog are no longer possible. As our dogs are living longer, age related arthritis is becoming more common.


  • swollen joints
  • lethargy
  • reluctance to move

Managing your dog’s symptoms will help alleviate his symptoms. Providing ramps on outside steps and non-slip flooring will help around the house. A padded dog bed will also offer relief.

Gastric Torsion

Gastric torsion or bloat is caused by an enlarged stomach. In some cases, the stomach turns stopping the dog from belching or vomiting. Large dogs are more at risk than smaller breeds.


  • enlarged stomach area
  • restlessness
  • retching but inability to vomit

There are a number of products designed to slow your dog’s eating. Puzzle bowls and Kong toys can keep your dog occupied and will slow meal times to a safer speed.

Important Notice

This information is for guidance only. If your pet is showing any unusual symptoms or behaviour it is vital to seek professional advice from a veterinary practice.

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