Top 5 Dog Health Problems
The most common dog problems:
Dog Owner's commonly ask me the same questions repeatedly.
This article aims to help dog owners prevent and find information
about the most common dog health problems. Understanding the
basics of these problems will go a long ways to helping your
canine friend live a long healthy life.
1. By far the most common question I get asked from dog owners
is a desperate call about their dog's vomiting. Vomiting
can have many causes, but the most common cause is eating
garbage, or wolfing down food. In most cases the easiest cure is
to withhold food from your dog for 24 hours, but continue to give
water. Then after 24 hours, start by giving small meals again.
This rest period will allow the stomach to heal. If vomiting
continues after this you should see your veterinarian.
2. The next most common question I get asked are
reproduction questions. These questions range from
breeding their dog, questions about whelping, and about raising
puppies. While it is beyond this article to cover everything,
here are some basics to keep in mind. Dogs come into heat every
6-7 months which is the time to breed them. The gestation length
ranges from 59-63 days. Breeds that can have trouble with
whelping are the pug, bulldog, Chihuahuas, Boston terriers, and
the Pekingese. Whelping, the act of giving birth, can take from 2
to 24 hours. With several hours in-between the time puppies are
3. Third, are questions about skin problems. These
questions range from masses and bumps, to scratches and rashes.
Whenever you find a mass on your dog it is important that you
show it to your veterinarian. Most masses are benign lipomas,
which are fatty tumors. Another common tumor of female dogs are
tumors of the mammary gland. You can greatly decrease the risk of
your female dog getting a mammary gland tumor by spaying your
dog. One of the most common skin tumors owners are likely to see
are Mast cell tumors. Mast cell tumors can appear anywhere on the
body, and can range from benign to very aggressive.
4. Fourth are questions about the musculoskeletal system. Two
possible causes of limping in dogs are arthritis and torn
anterior cruciate ligaments. Arthritis is common in older
dogs. To treat arthritis try some joint supplements like
chondroitin. For dogs with torn anterior cruciate ligaments,
surgery is needed. The anterior cruciate ligament is a ligament
in the knees of dogs. Signs of this injury is when the dog is
running and all of a sudden the dog whimpers in pain and starts
to limp on its rear leg.
5. The fifth most common question is about allergies.
Many dogs suffer from allergies. The most common clinical signs
are the dog chewing its paws, reddened skin, and scratching. For
a definitive diagnosis allergy testing can be done by your
veterinarian. Allergies are often treated by antihistamines and
in severe cases steroids.
With a little knowledge pet owners can be more proactive in
the health care of their pets. With greater knowledge you can
help your veterinarian come up with the best treatment plans for
your pet, and are able to give a more complete history on your
pet which can lead to a quicker and more accurate diagnosis.
For the complete TOP TEN LIST of questions visit my website at
Chris Suckow, DVM, lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
NEWS & INFORMATION resources updated Mon. July / 23 / 2018
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