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Dog Health -- Questions, Answers, What You Need To Know...

Updated on June 9, 2011

How Important Is The Health Of Your Canine Friend To you?

Most people do not realize how important keeping up with your dog's health is. Dog health is just as important to your canine friend as your health is to you.

The main dog health issues veterinarians see are dogs who are not current on all their recommended vaccines. Every dog should be vaccinated against rabies, distemper, parvo virus, and bordatella (kennel cough). There are also other vaccines that are recommended, especially if your dog is an outdoor type who goes swimming in lakes or rivers.

Another dog health issue veterinarians see neglected is doggy dental health. Your pooch's teeth need to be cleaned regularly. It's best to start this routine when they are puppies. Your dog will learn that having their teeth brushed is no different from their regular grooming. You will need to have them professionally done every so often. Your veterinarian will advise you on how often this needs to be done. Dental health is very important to dogs and also people. An infection in the mouth can adversely affect the entire body.

Some dog health questions owners have, especially about older dogs, pertain to arthritis. I suggest any owner that is concerned about stiffness in their dog's joints ask their vet about Rimadyl and Adequan. Both of these have helped my arthritic Labrador in a huge way. There are risks and not every dog will be a good candidate for these prescription drug therapies.

They are also on the expensive side. However, they are covered by many dog health insurance policies. Another option for those poor pooches suffering from arthritis, hip and back problems is accupressure and accupuntcure. From what I have seen this produces awesome results. Other arthritis options are hydrotherapy which will keep their muscle tone by allowing exercise, but in a whirlpool so that there is little strain on hurting and sore joints.

Other dog health questions many owners have is about dog health insurance. Is it worth it? If you go to the vet on a regular basis for checkups, vaccines, routine cleanings etc., then yes. Especially if you have an older dog who will eventually run into some kind of health issue. Depending on your policy, you make regular payments or just a single yearly payment. The cost varies. It depends on the age of your dog and their current health status. Dogs with preexisting conditions have higher rates or they may not be able to be insured at all.

This was just an overview of some of the main dog health issues. For matters of immediate concern or for any questions you have about your dog's health consult your veterinarian. They are a wonderful resource.

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    • jumpman profile image

      jumpman 8 years ago

      Nice hub! Dog health is very important. Before I have this skin problem with my dog. Luckily I bumped into this site it help me prevent those skin problems naturally from coming back.


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      perfumer 10 years ago from California

      Hi Jem, thanks for sharing the link with us.

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      Jem 10 years ago

      I suggest you to read article on TYPES OF CANINE ARTHRITIS AND ITS TREATMENT.

      You will find it on

      I think its will be help ful source for your Canine health community.

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      perfumer 10 years ago from California

      Hi Guinness,Thank you for your comment! I think it is important that we 'dog people' stick together on issues concerning our canine companions. We can only hope hubs like these raise public awareness and create a demand for more alternative health care for dogs and other pets as well.-Perfumer

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      Guinness 10 years ago

      You are touching on issues dear to my heart, where my own dogs have had serious problems - vaccinosis, arthritis, bad side effects of traditional drugs, other dog health issues... Thanks for calling attention to "mental issues," too - dog behavior problems / psychological problems are something requiring a professional who knows the "dog whisper" and dog rehabilitation, not something you regular "dog trainer" can do - and in fact, something that may be worsened in many instances by traditional "obedience training." Keep building your hub and raising the issues, and best wishes for helping many people and pets! - Guinness