Dog Health Problems and Prevention

What You Need to Know About Your Dog's Health

No matter how healthy your dog seems, there is always a possibility that a health problem can develop. Learn about some of the health conditions that can affect your dog. Know the signs in advance so you can detect illness in your dog as soon as possible. Also, take the necessary steps to prevent illness in the first place. Here's what you need to know about potential health problems in dogs, from common and minor to serious and urgent.

  • 01 of 05
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    Some of the most common health problems seen in dogs are relatively minor, such as skin issues, ear infections and more. It's important that you bring your dog to the vet if these issues are not getting better on their own within a few days.

    Some problems are potentially more serious, such as vomiting and/or diarrhea, which may be signs of disease. It's very important to bring your dog to the vet fairly quickly (within about 24-48 hours of onset) to keep things from getting much worse. 

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  • 02 of 05

    Serious Health Problems for Dogs

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    There are other, more serious diseases that can make dogs very sick. While these are not necessarily the most common dog diseases, they are certainly not considered rare. Diseases such as diabetes and cancer require in-depth veterinary care, so if you notice your dog is exhibiting signs, you should not wait. Visit the vet for a check-up.

    Take a few moments to familiarize yourself with these potentially serious canine diseases so you will know what to do if your dog shows signs.

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    Do you know what to look for if your dog has a medical emergency? Do you know where to go? Common dog emergencies include poisoning, trauma, seizuresbloat and much more. 

    Learn about the most common types of medical emergencies seen in dogs so you be prepared to can act fast if one happens to your own dog.

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    Can you tell if your dog is sick? Your dog may exhibit signs that indicate it is time to contact your veterinarian. These signs may include lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, pain and more. Here are some of the signs to watch for and information about what to do if you notice your dog exhibiting them.

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     Of course, we all know that prevention is the best medicine. Taking the steps to keep your dog healthy can ward off many health problems.

    Find a veterinarian you can trust and take your dog in regularly for wellness exams. Follow your vet's advice about vaccines, nutrition, exercise, dental care and more. Spend time training your dog and bonding with your dog. Get to know your dog so you can easily see when something is not right. And when something is wrong, be sure to act right away.