Common Pet Problems

Just like people, pets are subject to a wide variety of health issues. Some of these problems are extremely common and easy to address, while others may require emergency pet care at an urgent care center. If you live in Burke and have questions about an issue your pet is experiencing, contact Burke Animal Clinic for more information.

Weight Gain

Obesity is a common condition that affects pets of all ages, especially when animals get older and become more sedentary. For overweight animals, your veterinarian can suggest regular feeding times and high-quality food to ensure they get proper nutrition while limiting calories.


Pet allergies are also another common issue with pets. There are many types of allergies, including flea allergies, skin allergies, and food allergies. With a proper diagnosis, your pet can receive treatment for allergies to help alleviate the symptoms.

Gastrointestinal Issues

Dogs are especially known for swallowing foreign objects that can require emergency pet care or urgent care. Intestinal issues can result in vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy.

Urinary Tract Problems

Cats that suddenly refuse to use the litter box are often suffering from some type of urinary tract infection. This condition often requires immediate attention to help prevent renal failure.

Dental Disease

Dental issues are a number one problem seen by veterinarians. Often, pet owners fail to take care of a pet’s teeth, which can result in dental disease that eventually affects the pet’s overall wellbeing.


Tumors can appear on your pets’ skin regardless of their age. While the majority of these tumors are benign, the sooner you get them checked out, the better chances your pets have for recovery if it is cancerous.

For more information on common pet problems, contact Burke Animal Clinic at (703) 573-3860 to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians or to speak to one of our caring staff members.

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