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Five Most Common Dog Problems and Ways you Can Prevent Them

Updated on February 27, 2013

No amount of joy can best describe dog ownership. However, having a dog means being responsible pet owners to them. Dogs need the best health care like humans do. Thus, it is important to know the common dog problems and the ways they can be prevented. Like human health problems, some are serious while others are not. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to detect what type of problems your companion friend may be suffering since animals can't talk.


The most common health problems in dogs are:

  1. Ear infections
  2. Pyoderma or hotspots
  3. Skin allergies
  4. Enteritis/diarrhea
  5. Gastritis/vomiting


How to Tell if Your Dog Is Sick

Preventive care can definitely reduce or eliminate the risk of your dog against these health problems. Obesity for example can be avoided by regulating your dog's diet and making sure that you are feeding high-quality food that are full of nutrients and not packed with "junk". Also make sure that your dog has a stronger immune system and is cleaned and well-groomed. The use of preventatives including products to eliminate ticks and flea, essential oils, and other natural products is also important.

Ear infections on the other hand can be prevented or reduced significantly through regular and correct cleaning of the ears. Ear infections are common in dogs that have floppy and big ears. They are rare in dogs with prick ears but any dog can develop ear infection. Therefore, it is very essential to take time to learn the right method of cleaning your dog's ears and to always on the look out for possible symptoms of ear infections. Symptoms of ear infection may include excessive scratching of the inner ear, shaking of the head, and irritability.

While all of the mentioned dog health conditions can affect any breed, some may tend to appear frequently in particular breeds and types. For instance bloat can be seen frequently in dogs with deep chests and occurs commonly in Great Danes and also in Saint Bernards and Weimaraners. Bloat is a medical emergency and it could affect any breed or mix. It is very important to as your veterinarian about effective tips for preventing bloat and recognize the symptoms.

If you think your dog is not in his best shape and you detect physical abnormalities, it is very important that you bring him to the veterinarian at the earliest possible time. Earl treatment will very well save your dog's life. It will help improve your dog's chances for a complete and fast recovery.

You can also work closely with the veterinarian to plan your dog's overall health and wellness. The plan should involve a high-quality and all-natural diet, regular exercise, mental stimulation through training and play, and annual veterinary visits.

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      We have to be very careful with our Great Danes when it comes to feeding and exercise. Like you said, they're susceptible to bloat. Enjoyed the read!

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      dogfond 4 years ago

      Thanks habee. Followed you recently and enjoying your hubs.

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