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    6 Most Common Dog Health Problems

    Common Dog Health Problem: Vomiting

    Vomiting is a common dog health problem, with dozens of possible causes, from infection or intestinal parasites to pancreatitis, kidney failure, heatstroke, or poisoning.

    Symptoms are basic: abdominal heaving and drooling caused by nausea. If your dog also has diarrhea, blood in the vomit, seems lethargic, continues vomiting, or can't hold down liquids, contact your vet right away to prevent life-threatening dehydration.

    Treatment depends on what's causing a dog's distress, and may include fluid therapy, drugs to control vomiting, and homemade foods like well-cooked skinless chicken, boiled potatoes, and rice.

    Read more about vomiting in dogs.

    Doggy Diarrhea

    Diarrhea in dogs, as with vomiting, can have lots of causes, including stress, infections like parvo virus, intestinal parasites, and food problems.

    Diarrhea symptoms are pretty obvious -- look for loose, watery, or liquid stool.

    Because diarrhea can easily lead to dehydration, be sure your dog has plenty of clean water available, then take your pooch to the vet if the diarrhea persists for more than a day, or immediately if there's also fever, lethargy, vomiting, dark or bloody stools, or loss of appetite.

    Read more about diarrhea causes and treatments in dogs.

    WebMD Veterinary Reference

    Reviewed by Amy Flowers, DVM on September 10, 2016
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