Having one or more pets brings joy to many lives, and pet owners want to keep their pets as happy and healthy as possible, which is why finding a good vet is a top priority for most. However, finding a good veterinarian in Burbank is not enough. It is important for pet owners to be aware of common pet health issues so that they can be on the lookout for signs of illness and take the appropriate action.

There are some types of health problems that affect only one type of pet, but others can cause problems for either cats or dogs. Here are some of the more common problems that affect both dogs and cats.

Most Common Pet Health Issues

Diabetes – Diabetes is a disease involving blood sugar and insulin production. The aging process, as well as your pet’s diet and activity level, are all contributing factors as to whether your pet develops diabetes. It is important to have your pet’s glucose levels checked periodically and help them stay active and healthy.

Kidney Disease – Kidney disease is seen in dogs and cats of all ages but is most common in older cats. While more common in cats, it is also easier to treat. The disease itself tends to hit dogs harder. At Rainbow Pet, our veterinarian in Burbank checks each pet for signs of kidney disease during their annual exam.

Arthritis –  Arthritis is most common in older pets and is signified by inflammation in the joints. Arthritis can’t be cured, but the right supplements and some types of treatment can help your pet be more comfortable and stay mobile for longer.

Heartworm – Heartworm is disease most common in dogs, but cats too are susceptible. It is an intestinal worm that is spread by mosquitoes. Dogs can be treated for actual heartworm disease, but cats cannot. It is best for them to participate in a monthly prevention regiment prescribe by their veterinarian.

Obesity – Being overweight carries the same types of risks for pets as it does for humans, including heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. While metabolism issues may be at play for some pets, lack of adequate exercise and overfeeding or allowing your pet too many treats is usually what is behind most of the extra weight. If you’ve struggled to keep your pet’s weight under control, your veterinarian in Burbank can help offer suggestions on how to help your pet get into better shape.

Most Common Health Concerns for Cats


Feline Lower Urinary Tract Diseases (FLUTD)

Female and male cats can get FLUTD, risk factors include being overweight, a dry food diet, and stress.Some typical symptoms include

  • trouble urinating including pain, blood or excessive grooming
  • depression
  • dehydration
  • appetite loss
  • vomiting


Signs of fleas in cats include tiny black dots on the skin, frequent licking and/or scratching, irritated skin, hair loss. Fleas aren’t just uncomfortable, they can trigger anemia if the problem is not solved.


Tapeworms are an internal parasite that live in a cat’s small intestine. They look like small white worms or grains or rice that come out of a cat;s anus when they are relaxed. Treatment options include injection, oral, or topical medication, and they are usually caused by eating fleas.Be prepared to handle both problems if tapeworms are present.

Eye Problems

Eye problems in cats can  include many things such as

  • cataracts
  • conjunctivitis
  • glaucoma
  • viruses
  • inflammation
  • retinal disease

If you notice cloudiness, a discharge from your cat’s eye, pawing at the eyes, or squinting, any of these may signal that it is time to head to the veterinarian in Burbank as soon as possible, as eye problems constitute an emergency.

Common Health Problems for Dogs

Ear infections
caused by allergies, yeast, ear mites, bacteria, hair growth deep in the ear canal, and more

  • head shaking or tilting
  • swelling, redness, odor or discharge from the ear
  • balance problems
  • usual eye movements


Tapeworms, roundworms, and hookworms are all common internal parasites. While all cause discomfort, hookworms can be fatal for a puppy, so it is important to get them into an emergency if you suspect worms. Some signs of worms include

  • Change in appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Scooting
  • A dry coat

It is important to get proper guidance in treating worms in dogs to make sure they are getting the treatment they need.


One flea can turn to one thousand in just three weeks. Signs of fleas include scratching, hair loss, and tiny black spots on the skin. They can trigger allergies and possibly lead to anemia if not treated. Your vet can help you choose what type of flea treatment will work best for your dog.

Hot Spots

Hot spots are irritated spots on the skin and are a sign of infection. Often there is an underlying cause, such as fleas. There are a number of internal and topical medications for hot spots. Your vet can help you decide which is best for your dog


Diarrhea can be caused by many things including stress or various infections and can lead to dehydration if not properly monitored. In most cases, the problem clears up within a couple days, but if it persists or is accompanied by fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, or bloody stools, you should seek help from your vet.

Call Us Today To Make An Appointment!

While these are the most common health issues for dogs and cats, other issues can come up to. If there are problems with your pet’s energy level, appetite, or if they just aren’t themselves it is best to get them an appointment as soon as possible. Situations such as ingesting poison or large amounts of chocolate or physical injury demand emergency care. Regardless of your pet’s health issue, you can count in Rainbow Vet Hospital in Burbank, CA to give your pet our full attention and get them the care they need, To schedule an appointment, contact us at (818) 846-1166.