Information About Dog Health Problems…
Just like humans, dogs have a multitude of health concerns that they can face from the time that they are a puppy all the way through adulthood. It is helpful to become familiar with medical issues that your dog breed is vulnerable to so you are aware of signs and symptoms to look for. Of course, a lot of severe illnesses come on quickly and without much warning so it is important to always be observant of your dog’s diet and energy level.
Unfortunately, dogs do not have the privilege of telling you that something is wrong so they rely on you to keep a watchful eye. It is always recommended to keep health-related dog training books around so that you know what to do in case of an emergency and be sure to take the time to attend a CPR free dog training class in your area.
Believe it or not, dogs suffer from about as many allergies as humans do. Unfortunately, they are a little harder to pinpoint the cause without verbal communication. When you see dog chewing occurring, you can visually see the problem and fix the situation however, when you see your dog itching and miserable, it could be the result of a plethora of different things.
Flea allergies are the most popular type which can cause infection from scratching as well as hot spots. A monthly dosage of flea and tick medicine is recommended during the warmer months. Adding a few drops of black walnut hull to their water four to five days a week makes them less attractive to all types of bugs as well, including mosquitoes!
Additionally, dogs are prone to food allergies. These are much harder to determine an exact cause and will need to be addressed by your veterinarian with a series of tests.
Arthritis and Dysplasia
Purebreds and large breed dogs are very vulnerable to suffering from joint problems, especially as they age, primarily due to their narrower, longer joints. Offer your dog any needed vitamins and minerals that they need in their daily regimen to keep them healthy and comfortable.
Apple Cider Vinegar is an excellent natural remedy for joint pain. Just as it remedies a whole list of ailments in humans, it also protects against arthritis and diabetes in canines. Just add a bit to their water bowl and they’ll never know it’s there. It is also a good idea to have your vet check your dog’s joints for any signs of degeneration annually.
You may think giving your dog rich, sugary and fatty foods is a treat but you are actually hurting them. These types of foods result in severe pancreatic issues which can cause diabetes.
Keeping your dog on a diet of quality kibble and eliminating unhealthy table scraps reduces the risk for this serious disease. If you want to share food with your dog, choose fresh vegetables, steamed rice or pieces of apple. Keep in mind that any foods that are unhealthy for humans are also unhealthy for dogs. If your dog ends up with diabetes, he will need shots regularly so prevention is the key.
Your dog can suffer from many types of infections in their eyes, ears, skin and teeth. Dogs with longer, floppy ears are very vulnerable to ear infections so they should be checked often for dirt, moisture or swelling. Taking the time to clean your dog’s ears and eyes and brush their teeth and hair will help prevent the risk of infection. This quality time also allows you to spot a potential health concern before it gets out of hand.
This is one of the most dangerous and common dog illnesses. Obesity is caused from overeating and not getting enough exercise. If you do not have time to make sure that your dog receives the amount of exercise that he needs to be healthy, perhaps you should rethink your idea of bringing one into your home. Obesity in dog causes tumors, heart failure, skin problems, liver disease and increases joint pain, all of which are very serious ailments to dogs.
Owning a dog is a privilege and not something that should be taken for granted. They love you unconditionally and rely on you to be observant of their needs.