There are many diseases that pets are susceptible to, and several that are specific to certain species. For the purpose of this article I will be focusing on cats and dogs. According to petcured.com both manage to contract or develop many of the same types of diseases, but are affected in different ways and in differing degrees.
With that in mind here is a list describing some of the worst diseases that affect both cats and dog.
1) Kidney disease
This is commonly seen in cats but can affect dogs as well. This type of disease can be congenital. More often than not its experienced due to age and poor health. Dogs often suffer worse from this disease than cats.
This disease strikes cats and dogs in the same manner as humans. It is often another part of the aging process and can be controlled with insulin shots.
3) Tick and Flea borne diseases & Rabies
Ticks and fleas are often just seen as parasitic nuisances. In truth they can carry various diseases that can harm pets and humans. It is wise to take preventative measures and keep your pet clean as much as possible.
This disease has gained a great deal of attention thanks to movies such as “Old Yeller” and “Cujo”, which both features dogs that were infected with the rabies virus. Thankfully since its discovery the rabies vaccine has made this disease less of a threat. Rabies is always fatal to the infected pet.
This fatal disease is avoidable through regular vaccinations, but can affect pets that are not vaccinated in time or are too young to vaccinate. Distemper causes severe neurological issues, nasal discharge, and high fevers. The mortality rate for those pets affected by this disease is very high.
This is another disease brought on by the presence of a parasite. When bitten by a mosquito that is carrying the parasite, dogs and cats can contract heartworm up to 8 months later. This symptoms for this disease include nausea, respiratory distress, muscle fatigue, and even a lack of luster in the pets coat. It can be treated, but is much easier to prevent.
This disease has become as prevalent in pets as it is in humans. Obesity can lead to diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, and many other conditions that can prove fatal to pets. There is no quick fix for this condition, but a change in diet can definitely help.