Health Problems

Hip dysplasia is, unfortunately, a common condition found in dogs that can be life-limiting. Dogs with hip dysplasia suffer chronic pain and in severe cases, they may need an operation. Understanding what hip dysplasia is will help you to find the right treatment plan for your pet.

You may have noticed that your dog's front paws are turning out and are wondering whether this is something to be concerned about. Standing 'toe-out' can indicate a range of potential problems, but many can be easily treated, and most dogs will live a healthy life even if their feet are wonky.

Lumps on dogs can be worrisome, but fatty tumors or lipomas are fairly common. Find out what causes them, if they are dangerous, and what to do.

Find out how to know if your senior dog has Sundowners Syndrome (also known as Canine Cognitive Dysfunction) which is a common degenerative and progressive dementia experienced by aging dogs that impairs a pup’s awareness and responsiveness to their once-normal setting.

Flea infestations are one of the most challenging things that a dog owner has to deal with. This article lists the three treatments that I've found to be most effective in my own experience. I explain my reasoning and give some tips that I've picked up over the years.

Arthritis is a common problem for older dogs. It can be a crippling condition, that detracts from a dog's quality of life and may even shorten it, but there are several things owners can do to manage arthritis and keep their pets happy and active.

Diarrhea in German Shepherds is one of the more common and annoying health problems. Let's look at the causes and treatments.

The causes of dogs vomiting undigested food may be various, and only your veterinarian can confirm or rule out certain medical conditions. This article. offers information I have learned about when my dog started vomiting undigested food out of the blue as he got older.

The medical term 'stroke' conjures up all sorts of negative thoughts when we hear it. Truth be told, our dog has suffered a stroke, and it was both shocking and frightening. Fortunately, with appropriate care, many dogs recover from a stroke without long-term consequences.

If your dog's ears stink, you may be wondering what to do in order to decrease the smell. Consider though that the smell can be indicative of a medical problem and therefore it may be best to have your dog's smelly ears checked by your vet.

If your pet needs access to an emergency clinic but there is none available, there are alternatives. Find out now.

Find out what is causing your puppy's diarrhea. From stress to parasites and viruses like parvovirus, knowing what is causing loose stool is the first step to helping your puppy to recover.

Find out five ways you can add comfort and quality of life for your senior dog. Older dogs have special needs that we can address—making their lives happier and healthier.

Your dog's carpal pads are not there just for decoration: Mother Nature has a strategically planned use for most of your dog's body parts. The purpose of your dog's carpal pads is a noble one: providing protection.

Dog blackheads may appear on a dog's back or belly or other parts of the body. Learn more about blackheads in dogs.

In order to help your dog sleep at night, you need to first identify why they are having trouble falling asleep. Once you've identified the underlying cause, you can take several steps to make your dog go to sleep almost instantly.

Paw licking is a very common behaviour in dogs. Often it is just the dog cleaning its paws, but when the behaviour becomes obsessive or causes damage, then it is a sign of something being wrong.

If your dog's baby teeth don't fall out, you may just think it's a minor problem. In reality, if left untreated, retained baby teeth in dogs can lead to lifelong dental problems.

We all like our homes to smell fresh and clean, and for that reason, many people use plug-in or spray air fresheners to help their house smell nice. Unfortunately, air fresheners can have a downside – they can make dogs very unwell and can even lead to death.

Alcohol is highly toxic to dogs and it is important to know the symptoms to ensure your pet is swiftly and effectively treated.

So, Scooter’s veterinarian has recommended a dental cleaning. You’ve heard that there is anesthesia involved and costs that have made you hesitate. What do you do? Here's a breakdown of the stages of veterinary dental cleaning and the various charges explained.

We all catch colds or the flu from time to time, but what about our pets? Dogs, like any animal, can suffer from viruses and infections similar to humans. They can also suffer complications from illnesses, so knowing how to spot when they have a cold is important to keep them healthy.

If your dog's skin is turning yellow, he or she is likely seriously ill and needs to be treated correctly. Learn what exactly is going wrong, how your dog should be treated, and everything you can do at home to help them.

Obesity in pets is on the rise, but sometimes it is easy to overlook when a pet is just a bit overweight. In fact, many people are unsure of what a dog at a healthy weight looks like. Even slight excess weight puts pressure on a dog's heart and joints, so knowing when they need a diet is vital.

Joint issues are common in German Shepherds. Elbow dysplasia is a painful condition, especially when dogs get older, as this can seriously lessen their quality of life.

This article details the side effects that I observed in my 11-year-old lab after she recevied the melanoma vaccine for dogs.

Here's what to expect in the long-term/future if your pet had a canine urethrostomy.

Christmas is a joyous time. We want to share this fun with our dogs but every year, dogs end up at emergency vets due to holiday-related accidents. Learn about the season's dangers to dogs and how to avoid an unhappy Christmas.

Know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of gluten allergies in dogs. Learn how you can adjust to your dog's needs for a gluten-free lifestyle.

If your dog has dandruff, you can usually figure out what is causing it and can treat it at home without even having to visit the vet. Find out the four common causes of dandruff in dogs and how to take care of each type.

Reverse sneezing is when a dog appears to snort backwards repeatedly. It is considered a common issue and is usually nothing to be worried about, but sometimes it can be a symptom of a more serious problem.

Titre testing (or titer testing) is a way of checking a dog's immunity to certain diseases. Many owners are choosing this method over annual boosters, but it is a confusing topic and many people do not fully understand how it works.

Due to the Cockapoo's popularity, some unscrupulous breeders produce 'rare' blue or red merle cockapoos—a colour that does not exist in either Poodles or Cocker Spaniels. Buyer beware.

Have you ever wondered if excessive ear scratching is a sign of a dog ear infection? This article helps you identify the signs and causes, remedies, and what steps to take to keep your dog's ears free of infection. Also included is a helpful video/poll.

Summer and autumn are both great times in the year for walking your dog, but beware of heatstroke and grass seeds! This article tells you what to look out for and what to do.

As the nights draw in and the weather worsens, many people begin to suffer from winter blues, also called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Research suggests dogs may also suffer from depression in winter, so how can we make the colder months a happier time for our pets?

Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI), also known as Seasonal Canine Disease, is a condition found in the UK which can be fatal to dogs. This guide aims to give you the facts about the sickness, how to prevent your pet from contracting it, and how to identify it and help them if the worst happens.

These are the most common types of parasites that your dog might get, some common symptoms, and what to do if you think your dog has an infestation.

As the temperature rises, keeping our pet dogs cool and comfortable is essential to maintain their health and well-being. These ten ideas will help you keep your dog safe and chilled during the hot months of summer.

Fleas or lice can be irritating and can also cause some health problems in German Shepherds. Prevention and effective treatment are necessary.

There is only one venomous snake in the UK: the European adder. Adder bites are extremely rare, but every once in a while a dog gets bitten by a snake. Know how to minimise the risk of this happening and what to do if a bite occurs to keep your dog safe.

Acquiring a parasite is one of the most common health issues for German Shepherds. When you leave the problem untreated for too long, worms can wreak serious havoc and hamper the growth of younger dogs.

Here are 8 popular houseplants that are toxic to dogs. Know who to call if your dog eats one of these plants.

Urinary problems are quite common in shepherds. We’ll discuss some tips for managing urinary infections and bladder stones in German Shepherds.

German Shepherds are susceptible to urinary and bladder issues. Many of these problems are food-related and there can be hereditary weaknesses in the bloodline.

Burping in dogs . when is it normal and when is it not? Many dogs burp just like humans do, but if your dog is belching a lot, investigate the cause to determine whether it could be a sign of something more serious.

Leptospirosis is a serious disease that dogs can pick up from the water. Lepto4 is a vaccination by Nobivac designed to prevent the disease, but there are growing concerns about the safety of this vaccine and whether it could be harmful to some dogs.

This article focuses on five causes of bad breath in dogs and five solutions for how to fix it. A helpful video is also included.

This is an informative description of what to expect from a canine urethrostomy. This article will discuss the procedure itself as well as post-operative care at home.

Xylitol is a type of sweetener found in numerous food products. Over the last few years, growing concerns have emerged about the toxic effects of xylitol in dogs. With an increasing number of products using this sweetener, it is important you know the risks and what to do if the worst happens.

Pug: Eye Problems

With their squashed faces and bulgy eyes, pugs are at risk for eye problems. The most serious is an eye popping out of its socket. This can happen if a pug gets into an accident or a fight with another dog. If this happens, cover the eye with a damp cloth and rush your dog to the vet. The vet may be able to put the eye back in place, although whether the dog will retain vision in the eye depends on the severity of the damage.

10 common pet health problems -- and how much they cost

August 12, 2016 / 7:00 AM / MoneyWatch

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When it comes to the health and well-being of their animal friends, consumers are willing to dig deeper than ever into their bank accounts.

According to the American Pet Products Association, spending on veterinary care is expected to hit $16 billion this year, a year-over-year increase of about 3.2 percent. Medical supplies and over-the-counter medicines, which pet owners purchase at veterinarian offices, is expected to rise 5 percent to $15 billion in 2016.

One reason for the increased spending is that advances in human medicine have migrated to the animal world, according to PetPlan pet insurance.

"From cyberknife therapy for cancer treatment and hydrotherapy after a [knew] injury to acupuncture to treat allergies, many of the same treatments for people are also now available for our pets," wrote Elyse Donnarumma, Petplan veterinary manager, in an email. "But these treatments come at a cost. At Petplan pet insurance, we see an increase year-over-year for the amount we cover for our policyholders who are taking advantage of these treatments to help keep their pets healthy (and happy!)."

Read on to see PetPlan's list of the 10 most common health problems that affect pets, as well as their associated costs for human caregivers.

Ear infections

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2013 cost: $357

2016 cost: $409

Increase rate: 15 percent

Ear infections in dogs are caused by a wide variety of issues, such as harmful bacteria, excessive hair and moisture. They're rare in cats.

First published on August 12, 2016 / 5:15 AM

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Jonathan Berr is an award-winning journalist and podcaster based in New Jersey whose main focus is on business and economic issues.

3. Digestive Issues

It should come as no surprise that certain dietary issues can directly affect the digestive system. Signs of digestive upset can include vomiting, diarrhea or loose stools, and gas. If pets’ systems cannot handle the food they’re eating, they’re especially prone to malnutrition because they’re not absorbing the vital vitamins and minerals that they need.

Sensitive stomach

Unlike a food allergy, some dogs or cats simply have sensitive stomachs when digesting certain ingredients. This can include some proteins, types of fiber, and fats. Signs of a stomach issue can include vomiting, flatulence , belching, diarrhea, and lots of stomach rumbling.

Intestinal Upset

The symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders caused by food can be similar to sensitive stomach issues, including diarrhea , vomiting , loose stool. Again, if food goes through the intestines too quickly, your pet could be missing out on essential nutrients, leading to malnutrition.

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