Dogs depend on us for good care. As pet parents, it is our responsibility to keep them happy and healthy. Your four-legged friend may know how to ask for a treat, but she wouldn’t tell you if she’s feeling under the weather.

Watch out for the following health issues and visit the veterinarian immediately if you think she has one of these illnesses.

Dental problems

Studies suggest that 80% of dogs suffer from periodontal disease by the age of 2. As such, it is important to brush your dog’s teeth regularly and schedule regular check-ups to prevent the occurrence of dental problems.

Periodontal disease does not only cause smelly breath, it can also lead to serious health problems like kidney disease, diabetes and heart disease if left unchecked.

Arthritis

Arthritis is often associated with senior dogs, but big dogs are also at risk. If you notice that your dog is having a hard time getting up from a lying position or begins to move around less, she may be suffering from arthritis.

Diabetes

Just like humans, dogs are also at risk of developing diabetes. Overweight dogs are at higher risk of diabetes. If your canine companion is depressed, experiences rapid weight loss, urinates frequently and appears weak, she may be diabetic.

Cancer

As horrible it is to think about, your dog may suffer from cancer. Just like humans, dogs are susceptible to certain types of cancer. What’s alarming is that they can metastasize at a faster rate. Lethargy, appetite changes, sudden weight loss, lumps or bumps under the skin, and unusual odors are common signs of cancer. Regular check-ups are important to ensure that your dog is in top shape.

Kennel cough

Kennel cough is a respiratory infection caused by bacteria and viruses. It is highly contagious, so be sure to keep your furry pal away from other dogs. Loss of appetite, lethargy, leaky nose and eyes, dry hacking cough are common signs of kennel cough.