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Most Common Diseases in Dogs from California

Most Common Diseases in California Canines

Some diseases are more common for some dogs than others. For example, injuries from being hit by a car are mostly seen in dogs that are allowed to roam or accidentally get off a leash. Certain infections such as parvovirus are common in non-vaccinated puppies. But what about by location; does it make a difference in what makes a dog sick? What are the most common canine diseases by state?

This article will review the most common diseases and conditions in dogs from California.

Most Common Diseases or Conditions in Dogs from California

(in descending order) were:

  1. Diarrhea
  2. Vomiting
  3. Otitis/ear infections
  4. Urinary tract infections
  5. Skin infection (AKA pyoderma; can be secondary to allergies)
  6. Cranial cruciate ligament tears
  7. Conjunctivitis
  8. Dermatitis
  9. Allergies
  10. Lameness
  11. Urinary incontinence
  12. Lethargy
  13. Cough
  14. Giardiasis
  15. Gastroenteritis (vomiting and diarrhea)
  16. Forelimb lameness
  17. Pruritus (itching, often secondary to allergies)
  18. Seizure
  19. Skin Masses
  20. Arthritis

Summary of Sick Dogs in California

As you can see from this list, a few major patterns exist in dogs from California.

  1. Vomiting, diarrhea, and a combination of the two are very common. Between the different causes of these symptoms, this accounts for almost 22% of dog illness and vet visits in California. This is less than some states in the Midwest such as Ohio and Pennsylvania, which were closer to 30%.
  2. Allergies are an issue! Allergies can present as ear infections, itching, skin infections (pyoderma), and skin parasites. These problems can account for almost 32.5% of the top 20 dog illness and vet visits. This is higher than states in the Midwest such as Ohio and Pennsylvania.
  3. Arthritis and orthopedic causes of lameness are big problems. Cruciate ligament tears are a common knee injury and arthritis accounts for approximately 8% of California vet visits. This is substantially lower than the incidence for dogs in the Midwest, which is between 17 and 20%.
  4. Lumps and lymphoma are terms for tumors and cancer. These two items were in the top 20 list in California as well as Pennsylvania, but not Ohio. They account for approximately 2.8% of vet visits in California, 5½% in Pennsylvania, and 8.2% of the reasons dogs get sick or go to the vet in Florida.

I hope this gives you a better understanding of possible problems that can occur in dogs from California.

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