Common Dog Health Problems

Why are common dog health problems so darn common? Let’s look at several including parasites, incontinence, bad breath and fatty tumors along with treatments and natural remedies for dogs.

Then we'll touch on how to avoid them altogether.

Common dog health problems. Should we use drugs or go natural?

I've got to start with the truth. Healthy dogs don't get sick.

Not quite what you expected to read is it?

Treating symptoms with prescription drugs does not cure canine health problems. When you add up dog medicine side effects it seems rather obvious we are medicating our dogs to death.

I thought I'd just get that out of the way so you'd have the chance to click to someone elses website. I don't want to waste your time if you have a closed mind.

Still here? To see what I'm getting at, here's a partial quote of what Hippocrates (the father of medicine) said, "Let food be thy medicine and  medicine be thy food" and he lived from   460 BC to 377 BC.  What happened to us?

The way I see it is,  "You are what you eat".

Let's go over lots of common dog health problems and how to deal with them yourself; and then  I'll share a program that helps nature do what she does best. Heal.

 Here's a page I wrote about a dog infection and how I cured a nasty looking foot at home.

Now I have to ask you if you or anyone you know is guilty of saying something like this. "He has arthritis because he's old. After all, he's six." or "My dog was perfectly healthy until he got renal failure."

First of all a six-year-old dog shouldn't even be middle aged! Read about what happened to the dog life span. 

And kidney disease and renal failure are the result of the kidneys being overloaded with repeated toxins until they finally give up. Nothing happens overnight!

Speaking of renal failure, that reminds me of dog medicine side effects. I wrote about a few given for common dog health problems such as arthritis, inflammation and skin problems. If you don't know, you should be aware of cortisone side effects, rimadyl , prednisone for dogs and perhaps worst of all atopica for dogs.

They are interesting reads and remind me that some dog drugs have their place but we shouldn't buy into prescription drug ads, and that includes non prescription ads like flea medicine but fleas are under basic dog care.  Here's a page on Dog Flea Medicine.

Now if you've read a few of those pages, you begin to see some common dog health problems are actually dog medicine side effects.

Okay, let's move on to dog parasites. A parasite lives off of something or someone else, kind of like an ex-husband. Actually I'd rather have worms. (You're supposed to laugh.)



Dog Parasites

Dog parasites include worms, mites and fleas.  When it comes to dog worms, there is a variety. The only ones I've actually seen were not of the squiggly variety. Tapeworms in dogs usually don't pose a threat but I do describe them in a humorous manner and share how to treat and prevent them.

Then there are roundworms which are common in puppies and hookworms which none of us want to see. While most dog worms can be prevented by the same method, it's good to know exactly what dog dewormers do and don't do. (I shudder to think about it.) It should make it more compelling to switch to a natural remedy for dogs.

Honestly all of these are completely preventable with 2 herbs you can purchase through me. They also prevent heartworm while making your pup healthier instead of giving him oral pesticides.

Heartworm is especially frightening but not as easy to get as we have been led to believe. To understand the heartworm life cycle and lessen the affects of traditional heartworm pills, click over to dog heartworm medicine. There's also a link to a map showing the most likely areas in the United States to contract heartworm.

If your dog has already been diagnosed with heartworm and you want to cure him without toxicity, see Natural Heartworm Treatment

And last on the list of dog parasites is ear mites. To cure your dog of ear mites, I have a homemade recipe at what else but Homemade Ear Mite Medicine.

If you're wondering why mange isn't here, I put it under another section but there is a Home Remedy for Mange as well.


Other Common Dog Health Problems

I'm surprised to say Canine Obesity has become far too common. Are we loving our dogs to death? To find out if your dog is fat, check that one out.

And what about exercise? Before you put off throwing the ball or taking a brisk walk one more day, please read the connection between exercise and disease. A good reminder for us all.

On the other side of the coin, does your dog have times he won't eat no matter what you coax him with? Sometimes we need to give them more credit than we do. It could be instinctual. To find out, read My Dog Will Not Eat!

As long as we're talking about food, have you ever worried about chocolate? Obviously dogs should not eat chocolate but when is too much really too much? It happened in my house and I was scared to death until I did research. Here's what I learned at My Dog Ate Chocolate!


Let's Talk Poop

Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't. There's diarrhea and constipation.

Learn why constipation in dogs occurs and what you can do to help your pooch relieve himself (Hint, the best cure is a long walk). There's also puppy constipation which may stem from an entirely different reason; especially if you're dealing with a young orphan.

And then there are anal glands. Phew! Can those smell if they back up. If your dog does the butt scoot across the carpet he likely is trying to get some drainage action going because it hurts. To learn why they back up and why having anal glands expressed regularly may not be such a good thing, please read Dog Anal Glands.

Have you got a dribbler? Obviously this is not dog poop, but pee instead. I can help your dog heal from incontinence but you probably want to know where it came from first, right? See Dog Incontinence.


Things Not Often Discussed

While I don't think this is really a common dog health problem, we should talk about dog bloat and how to avoid it. The thought of it used to scare me but I no longer worry.

If you feed dog food containing corn I have something for you to read. It's not just about the dog, it's about you too. It's called GMO Corn in Dog Food.

Does your dog ever seem depressed? Mine have at times and I think I've got it figured out. Meet me over at Dog Depression and see if you agree.

Do we dare talk about halitosis? There is nothing worse than bad breath in dogs. Ruins a good kiss every time no matter how much you love your canine. Let's talk about reasons and cures for bad dog breath.


One of the Most Common Dog Health Problems

Last but not least I want to touch on one of the most common dog health problems vets now see in their offices. Canine Lipoma. Yes, fatty tumors are everywhere. What bothers me most is knowing dog owners everywhere are being told fatty tumors are harmless and their dog is healthy.

While a fatty tumor itself does not pose an immediate threat, healthy dogs do not get fatty tumors. It's a sign that something isn't working right.  Since when is it normal to store fat in pockets under the skin?



How to Avoid
Common Dog Health Problems

The only way to avoid all this stuff is to help  your dog become healthy. I'm not talking about how he looks. I'm talking about everything you can't see all the way to the cellular level.  

Here are a few short methods to get you started.  Fasting for health is free so find out what it does and how to do it. There's even a sneaky way to semi fast.

Cleansing is actually a crucial component of true dog health. Head over to  basic body cleansing.  From there you'll find a few specific cleanses for problems your dog may have now.

And lastly,  you could do the sort of thing I do for my dog and what those I coach personally do for their dogs. I call this the ABC Program. It has 3 parts. A is for Activate Dog Health; B is for Build Dog Health and C is Cleanse for Dog Health.

I know my Lulu is only 9 years old but she has never had to visit a vet for illness. Pretty cool.



› Common Dog Health Problems