A dog and his vet
While all pet owners hope that their beloved dog will never have any health problems, the fact remains that inevitably your dog will require some health care at some point or another, even if it is for a mild problem. Therefore, it’s best to know as much as you can about common dog health problems and how to treat and prevent them so that your dog can live as healthy and long life as possible.
One of the first things a prospective dog owner should understand about dog health is that some dogs are more prone to certain health problems than others. Dogs that tend to suffer from specific health issues include poodles, German Sheppards, Collies, Cocker Spaniels, Dachshunds and Labrador Retrievers. Hemophilia for example is a common dog health problem.
All dogs tend to suffer from periodic illnesses. Common dog illnesses include heart worms, rabies and parvovirus. Fortunately, dogs can be vaccinated against these illnesses. There is no vaccine against dog worms but routine health care and monthly treatments can help prevent your dog from developing them. Problems with skin conditions are also quite common, particularly among certain breeds. Routine care and maintenance can help to decrease such problems.
It is widely recommended that dogs be kept at their ideal weight and not allowed to become obese, particularly those who are prone to spinal problems and hip displacia. Fat dogs are far more likely to suffer from such problems.
Many owners are frequently surprised to learn that their dog can catch the flu and frequently ask the question: "Can my dog catch my flu?" While it does not appear that dogs can catch the flu from humans, they definitely can catch the dog strain from one another. Dog flu is a dog health condition that tends to make the rounds among canines, very similar to the way human flu strains get around.
One of the most common medical signs that a dog has the flu is a dog or puppy cough, sometimes referred to as kennel cough. The dog may also suffer from fever and a lack of appetite. Owners should be aware that this strain of flu can turn into pneumonia. Pneumonia in dogs can be quite serious. There is no vaccine, but it can be treated with fluids and antibiotics.
Can a dog get a cold is also a question many pet owners worry about. Like their human counterparts, dogs may also suffer from colds from time to time. Medical signs dog has cold include lethargy, red watery eyes and sneezing. If a dog does not perk up in a couple of days, it’s a good idea to take him to the vet.
Individuals who would like to own a dog, but who have dog allergies, may consider hypoallergenic dogs, which are known to be far less irritating to allergies. Such breeds of dogs include Bichon Frise, Chihuahua, Irish Terrier, Poodle, Portuguese Water Dog and the Mexican Hairless Dog.