Common Conditions

Our furry friends bring tons of joy to our lives. However, just like in humans, health issues do happen from time to time. To be prepared for any health issue that may arise, it is important to understand the common conditions experienced by veterinarians. And if your pet does have a certain condition, you deserve to work with the experts here at Sault Animal Hospital. We are happy to be a leading animal hospital located in Sault Ste Marie, MI, and we are here to provide amazing veterinary services for your beloved pets. Keep reading to learn more about the common conditions we treat at our hospital.

Skin allergies are near the top of the list as the most common health condition experienced by pets. Given that our pets are always wandering around bushes, dirt, trees, and other areas outside, this can cause severe skin irritation. And if your pet has a certain sensitivity to something, this can cause an allergic reaction. Skin allergies are extremely common in dogs, although it does happen quite frequently in cats as well.

While being more common in cats, tooth infection is another leading reason for a vet visit. This is partly since pet owners neglect routine pet dental visits. However, to prevent infection, it is best to take your pet in for routine dental checkups — preferably at least twice a year. As bacteria grows in and around your pet’s teeth, that bacteria can eventually make its way into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, major issues can happen.

  • Upset stomach
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Intestinal inflammation/diarrhea
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Cystitis or urinary tract disease

Another common issue we treat here at our office is ear infections. And part of the reason why this is a common problem is that we may not even notice it until the issue is severe. While some pets will whine and act lethargic if they are dealing with ear pain, others don’t react at all. Therefore, it is vital to take your pet in for routine ear checkups.

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