Keeping your dog healthy: dealing with common health issues

by Kris Rollo

We strive to provide the best care possible for our dogs. However, just like humans, dogs can experience a variety of health issues that require attention and care. Being aware of common health issues in dogs, along with preventive measures and treatment options, is crucial for ensuring the well-being of our dogs.


Common health issues

Obesity: It’s a prevalent health issue among dogs, often caused by overfeeding and lack of exercise. Excess weight can lead to various other health problems such as joint pain, diabetes, and heart disease.

Dental issues: Just like humans, dogs can suffer from dental issues like gum disease, tartar build-up, and tooth decay. Poor dental hygiene can lead to pain, infection, and even systemic health issues. We’ve got an article on some brushing tips for you here.

Ear infections: Dogs with long, floppy ears are prone to ear infections due to poor air circulation. Symptoms include itching, redness, and discharge. Regular cleaning and proper ear care can help prevent infections.

Skin allergies: Allergies to environmental factors, food, or parasites can cause skin irritation and itching in dogs. Common allergens include pollen, dust mites, certain foods, and flea bites.

Joint problems: Joint issues such as arthritis are common in older dogs but can also affect younger ones, especially large breeds. Symptoms include limping, stiffness, and reluctance to move. Maintaining a healthy weight and providing joint supplements can help manage joint problems.



Maintain a healthy diet: Feed your dog a balanced diet appropriate for their age, size, and activity level. Avoid overfeeding and limit treats to prevent obesity.

Regular exercise: Regular exercise is essential for maintaining a healthy weight and promoting overall well-being. Take your dog for daily walks, play fetch, or engage in other physical activities they enjoy.

Dental care: Brush your dog's teeth regularly using a pet-specific toothbrush and toothpaste. Offer dental treats or toys designed to promote oral health. Schedule professional dental cleanings as recommended by your vet.

Ear care: Clean your dog's ears regularly, or visit a groomer and have it done professional, as this area is particularly sensitive. Check for signs of infection, such as redness or odour, and seek veterinary care if needed.

Allergen management: Minimize exposure to common allergens by keeping your home clean and using hypoallergenic bedding. Discuss allergy testing and treatment options with your vet if your dog exhibits allergy symptoms.

Weight management: Monitor your dog's weight regularly and adjust their diet and exercise regimen as needed to maintain a healthy weight. Consult with your veterinarian for personalized weight management advice.



Veterinary care: Regular veterinary check-ups are essential for early detection and treatment of health issues. Your vet can perform routine screenings, diagnose any underlying problems, and recommend appropriate treatment.

Medication: In some cases, medication may be prescribed to manage health conditions such as arthritis, allergies, or infections. Follow your veterinarian's instructions carefully when administering medication to your dog.

Surgery: Surgical intervention may be necessary for certain health issues, such as dental problems, tumours, or orthopaedic conditions. Your veterinarian will discuss the risks and benefits of surgery and provide guidance throughout the process.

Therapeutic interventions: Additional therapeutic interventions such as physical therapy or acupuncture may be recommended to manage chronic conditions and improve your dog's quality of life.


Staying informed about common health issues in dogs and taking proactive measures to prevent and treat them are essential responsibilities of pet ownership. By providing proper nutrition, regular exercise, preventive care, and prompt veterinary attention when needed, you can help keep your canine companion happy and healthy for years to come.

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