5 Preventable Dog Health Problems
There are a number of dog health problems that may be avoided
with preventive care and proper hygiene.
1. Ear Infections
Ear infections are preventable by regular and proper
cleaning. Ears are a moist environment that is favorable for the
development of yeast infections, fungi and bacteria.
Clean the ear canals once a week; dry them and if there is
hair inside the ears, clip the hair. Dogs with furry ears are
more susceptible for ear infections.
2. Periodontal Disease
The periodontal disease can be prevented with regular
brushing of teeth and by giving massages to the gums of the dog.
The periodontal disease is caused by the bacteria that gather
in the gums of your pet. The gums will be bleeding and will
start to recede. In advanced cases of periodontal disease, the
bacteria can enter the dog’s bloodstream and attack his lungs,
heart, kidneys, liver or the nervous system.
The periodontal disease in more common in dogs over 4 years
of age and the disease has a very high incidence. So, invest in
dog toothpaste and a toothbrush and start brushing your pet’s
Obesity is a serious problem in dogs, leading to several
health issues. Obese dogs live less than dogs with a normal
weight. Overweight dogs develop heart and respiratory problems
and are more susceptible to diabetes.
Dogs with a weight problem will also have a higher incidence
of arthritis, due to the additional weight that has a higher
impact on the joints.
Obese dogs can develop digestive problems, more frequent
constipation and have less resistance to infections and
Obesity may be prevented by offering the right amount of
exercise to your dog. Even if your dog eats the right amount of
calories per day and is inactive, he will still gain weight,
because he won’t spend his extra energy.
Dogs need certain amounts of exercise, according to their
size and energy level.
Typically, a dog needs 20 to 30 minutes of exercise twice a
day. Take him for a walk in the park, or take your bike and have
your dog run along. Find out what your dog likes and try to make
him exercise. There are special pet treadmills available for
rainy days or if you don’t have the necessary time to walk your
Find engaging interactive games for your dog, to ensure he
doesn’t get bored.
4. Preventable Infectious Diseases
There are a number of infectious diseases that may be
preventing by simply administering a vaccine. These include the
canine distemper, the canine hepatitis, the parainfluenza,
bordetellosis, the parvovirus, the kennel cough or canine
Ask your vet if he recommends these vaccines for your dog.
Parasites are common in dogs and may be prevented, but not
all the times. Fleas are very contagious, but a clean
environment and flea collar may keep your dog flea free.
A lot of parasites such as the hookworms or ringworms are
transmitted through feces, so keeping your dog and house clean
may prevent your dog from getting infected. However, in some
cases you cannot control every step of your dog and he may catch
some parasites from other dogs or dog feces in the park.
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