Learn More About Common
Dog Health Problems

Below, is a list of common dog health problems. A short description of each dog illness is included. By clicking on the title you will be guided to more in depth information about these dog diseases. You will find helpful suggestions for improving or resolving the health issue, using better dogfood and perhaps some supplementary aid if needed.



Dogs get sick for the same reasons people do. There are many reasons why dogs get sick, but more often than not, dog nutrition pays an important part. Food is the basis on which good health is built. If you don't agree, then you have come to the wrong website.

Each dog health problem offers us a chance to learn more about how the body works. A combination of better dog nutrition, some carefully chosen herbs or other nutritional supplements together with patience, persistance and commitment to seeing the process through, can get your dog back on track to feeling better. You can contact me to find out more about how I can help you. If we're a good fit, then let's get started.

We all want our dogs to be healthy and happy. Nobody wants a sick dog. Much dog illness can be prevented, or at the very least improved at home, using natural holistic remedies. You should always check with your veterinarian if you have a sick dog, though. It never hurts to get the doctor's opinion.

I love to take advantage of medical technology, get blood samples taken, get the vet's professional opinion based on the information gathered from testing results. Then, you can decide for yourself, whether or not to use natural solutions to help your dog get better again.

I believe that it is our responsibility to get an educated, professional opinion if we have any doubts at all.  At the same time, if we are willing to learn about solving dog health problems in a way that's more natural than drugs and surgery, we can save money and get an even better long term permanent health improvement. 

Even though drugs and surgery have a place in healthcare, sometimes they are not appropriate. Our dogs are not experiment projects! I prefer to cal the vet when I have a crisis situation, not when I have a chronic ongoing helth problem.

Much canine illness can be resolved by improving the quality of canine nutrition. You are what you eat! This goes for our dogs too. Feeding a healthier natural dog food is the best method for

  • preventing dog illnesses
  • preventing nutrient deficiencies 
  • improving long term chronic health problems

Using natural holistic dog care often takes longer to see results, because we are talking about a permanent health change, rather than a ' quick fix '. Better overall canine health will be the result in the long run though.


My Ever Growing List of Dog Health Problems.

  • Abscesses - an open sore surrounded by inflamed tissue, from which there is an oozing of pus, or sometimes a cavity formed by a collection of pus-like material contained in solid tissue.
  • Addison's Disease - a severe depletion of the adrenal cortex, resulting in weakness, weight loss, low blood pressure, gastrointestinal problems, and pigment changes in the skin and mucous membranes.
  • Aging - involves increasing free radical damage to tissues, and hormonal mis-communication resulting in loss of function
  • Allergies - an abnormal sensitivity to a substance, usually a food or something from the environment.
  • Anal Glands - compacted and infected anal glands is a common dog health problem. Learn why expressing anal glands is a no no.
  • Anxiety - mild to severe apprehension or uneasiness about a present or impending event. See emotions and behaviour.
  • Arthritis- inflammation of the joints accompanied by pain, swelling and deterioration of the joints.
  • Bad Breath - also called Halitosis. Bad odor from the mouth.
  • Bites and Stings- from insects causing swelling, pain and inflammation.
  • Bladder Infection- tissue can become irritable causing a constant urge to urinate. Damage can cause tissue to become chronically inflammed and sore.
  • Bloat - ( Gastric Dilitation - Volvulus GDV) is the abnormal formation of excessive gases in the gastrointestinal tract. This is a very serious dog health problem. Bloat can be be threatening. Call your veterinarian.
  • Blood in the Stool - a sign of severe intestinal inflammation or other injuries in the colon or rectum. It can also be a sign of cancer or other serious dog health problems.
  • Body Odor - excessive offensive doggy odor indicates a need for cleansing the body.
  • Bordatella - bronchiseptica/parainfluenza ...a bacteria/virus complex affecting the respiratory tract. The canine version of the common cold. Kennel cough in other words.
  • Cancer - a disease of imbalance where the DNA of a healthy cell becomes damaged, causing that cell to mutate.
  • Candida - a microorganism responsible for many health problems causing lowered immune response and bowel issues.
  • Cartilage Damage - Cartilage is a spongy material that cushions the ends of bones at the joints. 
  • Cataracts - is a clouding of the lens of the eye.
  • Colitis - inflammation of the colon and small intestine.
  • Collapsing Trachea - a common dog health problem in small and toy breeds. The cartilage rings that surround the trachea become compressed and the muscle that lines the tracheal tube becomes weak and flacid.
  • Conjunctivitis - also known as pink eye because of the redness that occurs in the whites of the eyes due to inflammation.
  • Constipation - infrequent, incomplete, difficult or painful defecation of hard dry stool or fecal matter.
  • Cushing's Disease - overactive and overproducing adrenal hormones from the adrenal glands.
  • Dementia - loss of cognitive and intellectual function, without the loss of perception.
  • Dermatitis - inflammation of the skin.
  • Diabetes - a dog health problem involving insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas.
  • Diarrhea - excessively loose, watery, and frequent bowel movements.
  • Ear Infection - inflammation or infection in the ear.
  • Emotions and behaviour - let's take a look at how training to see how it can help you and your dog become balanced and happy.
  • Epilepsy - disturbed electrical rhythms of the central nervous system.
  • Eye Problems - can include infections, irritations, and deterioration.
  • Fat Dogs - Obesity and overweight contributes to many health dog problems. Overweight is preventable and correctable.
  • Fleas - prevent this pesky health risk before you have a problem.
  • Gastritis - inflammation of the stomach.
  • Giardia - an infectious organism that attaches itself to the intestinal mucosa causing, diarrhea, weakness, vomiting
  • Gingivitis ( Gum Disease ) - inflammation and a breakdown of gum tissue causing bleeding gums, gum disease, pyorrhea.
  • Heart Disease - Cardiovascular Disease is a common dog illness. What makes the most sense is prevention, not treatment.
  • Heartworm - that ever present risk from mosqitoes
  • Hepatitis - inflammation of the liver
  • Hot Spots - a moist, raw sore on the skin of a dog or cat caused by constant licking of an irritation, due to an allergic reaction, tangled coat, fleas etc.
  • Infections - the detrimental colonization of a host organism by a foreign species ( bacteria, parasites, fungi, viruses ) accompanied by inflammation.
  • Inflammation - a local response to cellular injury accompanied by redness, swelling, heat, pain, and loss of function.
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disorders -IBD includes Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome ( IBS ), colitis, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis.
  • Itching - an irritating sensation on the surface of the skin causing scratching.
  • Jaundice - a buildup of bilirubin in the blood causing the skin to appear yellow due to liver or blood disorders.
  • Kidney Problems - from infection or the build up of stones.
  • Luxating Patellas - kneecaps that slip out of place.
  • Lyme Disease - is a tick borne dog illness. It is a bacterial infection.
  • Pancreatic Disease 
  • Parasites - organisms which live in, or thrive on, another organism. Parasites feed on the host tissues and steal ingested nutrients.
  • Periodontal Disease - disease of the tissues that surround and support the teeth.
  • Poisoning - dangerous toxins can come from many sources. Find out more about the Top 10 potential dogs poisons.
  • Seizures - are sudden convulsive attacks
  • Tape Worms - this is a common dog health problem occurring when a dog ingests fleas that carry the tape worm eggs.
  • Ticks - are small blood sucking insects whose bite can carry such diseases as Lyme's Disease, or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
  • Urinary Tract Infections - ( Urethritis ) - inflammation of the urethra or tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body.
  • Vaccinosis- vaccines contain chemicals such as mercury, aluminum, formaldahyde and other toxic ingredients. These toxins can lodge in the tissue and cause irritation, fever, and chronic dog health problems.
  • Vomiting - is disgorging the contents of the stomach through the mouth.
  • Wounds and Sores - include cuts and abrasions.
  • Yeast Infections - caused by the Candida Albicans fungus, the most common dog health problem of them all.


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