Most Common Diseases in Dogs from Florida

Most Common Diseases in Florida 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 Florida.

Most Common Diseases or Conditions in Dogs From Florida

(in descending order) were:

  1. Diarrhea
  2. Vomiting
  3. Otitis/ear infections
  4. Allergies
  5. Dermatitis
  6. Lymphoma
  7. Seizures
  8. Urinary tract infections
  9. Gastroenteritis (vomiting and diarrhea)
  10. Skin infection (AKA pyoderma; can be secondary to allergies)
  11. Lethargy
  12. Pruritus (itching; often secondary to allergies)
  13. Corneal ulcer
  14. Osteoarthritis
  15. Cranial cruciate ligament tears
  16. Skin masses
  17. Lameness
  18. Generalized demodicosis
  19. Hypothyroidism
  20. Entropion

Summary of Canine Illness in Florida:

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

  1. Vomiting, diarrhea, and a combination of the two are very common. Between the different causes of these symptoms, this accounts for almost 21% of dog illness and vet visits in Florida. This is less than some states in the Midwest such as Ohio and Pennsylvania, which had incidence rates closer to 30%.
  2. Allergies are a big deal! Allergies can present as ear infections, itching, skin infections (pyoderma), and skin parasites. These problems can account for almost 35% of vet visits in Florida, higher than Ohio and Pennsylvania.
  3. Arthritis and orthopedic causes of lameness are notable. Cruciate ligament tears are a common knee injury, and hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis, and lameness in the front or back legs show up regularly as well. These problems account for another 5.5% of Floridian dog illness and vet visits. This is substantially lower than dogs in the Midwest where reports are closer to 17 or 20%.
  4. Lumps and lymphoma are terms for tumors and cancer. These two items account for approximately 8.2% of the reasons dogs get sick or go to the vet in Florida, and were in the top 20 list in Pennsylvania as well but not in Ohio.

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

What Can You Do? Prevention of Most Common Problems

We hope these tips help keep your Florida dog healthy.