Common Canine Health Issues Affecting Your Dog

While they suffer some of the same ailments we do, if you’re not paying attention, they may develop more serious issues and symptoms before they can be treated.

Here are the most common and problematic health concerns dogs – and their owners – face.

Thankfully, it is easily prevented – and corrected, once it presents itself. The answer – same as it is for humans – diet and exercise.


Certain breeds, like German Shepherds, are predisposed to hip dysplasia. Old injuries can also impact a dog’s mobility and health.



Hookworms in particular are deadly for puppies. Heartworms are likely the most dangerous for adult dogs. All are treatable if prevented or caught early.

Persistent problems should be seen by the vet right away, in case it’s a more serious issue like pancreatitis or Parvovirus.

Vomiting & Diarrhea

Periodontal disease can be dangerous if not treated promptly. Plaque and tartar on your dog’s teeth can keep harmful bacteria in their mouths.

Dental Disease

If your dog is frequently or inappropriately urinating, or if you see blood in the urine or the dog drinking more than usual, they may have a larger problem.

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

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