We love our dogs and we want them to live long, healthy, happy lives. But unfortunately, our beloved pets have health problems like any other living creature, so we have to do what we can to address these issues. Sometimes this can mean costly vet visits, and sometimes there are simple, cheap and natural remedies that can help your dog feel better. All breeds are different. It is widely known that pure breeds tend to have more health issues than mutts, that large dogs tend to have fewer skin disorders than small dogs, but there are some common ailments that affect many dogs. Here is a list of the most common health issues that dogs face and the remedies that can help you help them if your dog ever needs assistance!
1. Skin disorders
There are many types of skin disorders, from simple hot spots and rashes to all-out mange. More serious disorders will require veterinary attention, but some common ailments like hot spots and hair loss can be treated with medicated shampoos, over the counter medicines and regular grooming. Grooming and regular baths with good shampoos as well as changing shampoos if they don’t work are usually the best remedies for most common skin disorders. Also be mindful of fleas, and make sure routine flea grooming treatments are taken care of.
2. Dental problems
There are many dental diseases and disorders, and most adult dogs are affected by them. Aside from the notorious dog breath that no one enjoys, this can pose problems to animals designed by nature with strong sharp teeth, which they need to survive. This can be treated with dental chews, safe bones and treats designed to clean teeth and strengthen gums. There is toothpaste for dogs as well, and many vets will give dogs regular dental treatments.
3. Stress and Anxiety
Like humans, dogs can be greatly affected by stress and anxiety, and they can ‘catch’ it from the human masters that they love and adore. This can lead to fatigue, weight loss, excessive barking and other issues. The best way to treat this is with TLC and exercise, but there are more serious conditions that can even require a dog psychologist.
Unfortunately dogs age like any living creature, and because of metabolism and other factors, at a quicker pace than humans. This can lead to dementia. The brain deteriorates and dogs will exhibit symptoms like panic, excess pacing, anxiety and a sense of being lost. While there is no cure for dementia, exercise, a change in diet, and even collars and sprays that feature pheromone technology can help relax and comfort your aging canine.
5. Ear infections
Certain breeds that have droopy ears are more prone to ear infections than others, many dogs have thyroid issues and some just get ear problems from wax build up over the years. Most ear infections can be treated with over the counter solutions designed to treat ear infections.
There are many different types of worms that dogs get infected by, from ringworms to tapeworms to heartworms. Some worms like heartworms can be dangerous and even fatal. If your dog has worms you need to take them to a vet and get them treated, but the best remedy for worms is preventative treatment. Regular worming treatments that are sold over the counter can keep your pet worm free.
Obesity affects over 30% of dogs in the United States. It can lead to serious issues like hip and joint problems, heart problems, and early death. The best way to treat obesity is to prevent it by feeding your dog a healthy balanced diet and with routine exercise. If your dog does get to be overweight, diet and exercise can still help.
8. Digestive disorders
Again there is a wide array of digestive disorders that affect dogs, from mites to disease to food allergies, diarrhea, and constipation. Any more serious or constant issues must be addressed by a vet. Most issues can be addressed by finding a diet that is balanced and safe for your dog. Some dogs require certain diets due to food allergies, and there are many treatments, such as probiotics, that provide over the counter remedies to simple problems.
Arthritis is an extremely common affliction for dogs as they age, for many obvious reasons, from posture to the way they sleep and the way they are built. There are many over the counter supplements today and foods for older dogs that address arthritis with Chondroitin and Glucosamine, as well as with other nutrients that address issues. Also, plan ahead, make sure your dog has an elevated food bowl that helps posture, a nice dog bed and other amenities that will help him or her avoid more serious arthritis issues later in life.
10. Excess Shedding
While you may think shedding simply clutters your home, excess shedding can be painful for dogs and lead to more serious skin disorders. Usually shedding is diet and climate-related. Aside from diet, there are treats and medicines sold over the counter that help address the issue.