Puppy Health Problems To Watch For

3 min read
Jan 16, 2022

Taking your new puppy home for the first time is an exciting moment for any pet owner. But as your furry friend gets used to their new environment, you may start to worry about their health. Fortunately, by knowing the most common puppy ailments, you can spot problematic symptoms before they become dangerous. With the right knowledge and a quality puppy health insurance plan, you can keep your pet healthy through their early years.

Kennel Cough

This contagious illness is basically the dog equivalent of the common cold. Due to their age, puppies are often more vulnerable than older dogs. If your pup is infected, you will notice that they have a dry cough. Your veterinarian will likely prescribe antibiotics for treatment and may also vaccinate your puppy.

Heartworm Disease

Heartworm is often spread through mosquito bites. If your dog is infected, they might not show symptoms for up to seven months. These symptoms include fatigue, decreased appetite, and weight loss. If left untreated, heartworms can cause lung disease and heart problems.


Another contagious illness, parvovirus is usually spread through contact with feces. Symptoms include vomiting, appetite loss, and bloody stool. As with many of these ailments, this virus can be prevented with a vaccination.


Contracted through contact with raccoons and unvaccinated dogs, this disease does not have a direct treatment. If your pup shows a loss of appetite or a runny nose, take them to the vet. They will likely recommend that you help your puppy rest and keep them away from other dogs.


Growing puppies need to eat quite a bit. If they are not eating enough, they could develop hypoglycemia. Symptoms of this illness include fatigue and even seizures. You and your vet can work to regulate your pup's eating habits so they are maintaining healthy blood sugar levels.


This gastrointestinal parasite is often found in rescue puppies. It is present in standing water, so if your puppy spent a lot of time outdoors early in life, they could have contracted it. Note if your dog has diarrhea, bloody stool, or signs of dehydration. The vet will recommend treatment to remove the parasite.

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances. 

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