How do I know if my dog has a bacterial infection?

Dogs are widely known as man’s best friend and we love our dogs and will do everything to keep them healthy (see here for tips on how to keep your dog healthy.). Unfortunately, like all other living creatures, our dogs do get sick, despite their almost boundless enthusiasm and energy. Bacteria are all around us and many of them play very important roles in our life’s and that of our dogs. Many of these tiny creatures don’t pose any danger to the dog's health but some can pose serious threats to our dogs and can cause death if left untreated.

Identifying Symptoms

It is not uncommon for dogs to contract bacterial infections in different areas of their bodies, like the respiratory system, ears, kidneys, urinary and digestive tract, and on their skin. The dog's health matters and it is important to know and recognise the symptoms when our dogs get sick. The earlier we detect symptoms and abnormalities, the sooner our best friend can be on the way to recovery. Let’s look at some bacterial infection symptoms.

Skin infections are the easiest to notice because of the visibility of the external signs that can include pustules, itchiness, forming of scabs and crusts on the skin and in more severe infections hair loss, redness, ulcers or boils. Coughing and sneezing by your dog can be a sign of Kennel cough which affects the respiratory system. Fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, and flu-like symptoms might be a sign of Leptospirosis.

Signs not to be missed

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Signs of lameness, exhaustion and lowered agility can be a sign of Lyme disease caused by ticks. Salmonella and e-coli infections can also affect the dog's health with symptoms ranging from mild diarrhoea to bloody diarrhoea, fever, and acute vomiting.

This is just some symptoms that can indicate a bacterial infection in your dog as a rule of thumb whenever your dog displays any of these for longer than a day it is wise to visit the vet for a diagnosis and treatment.