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Dog Health Care Information And
Common Dog Health Problems


dr. pitcairn's naatural health guide for pets



Knowing how to spot common dog health problems is such an advantage in your pet's speedy return to health. You'll come to know wheather it can be handled with a natural home remedy for dogs or a needs a quick visit to your vet.

It can be very worrisome when your pet is showing signs of a problem especially if it's in the middle of the night, or on a weekend when your pet's clinic is closed. But if you have a handle on the familiar dog illness symptoms it will make you a much more confident pet parent when your pooch looks out of sorts. In fact, you'll have a pretty good idea of what you can handle yourself and what needs professional treatment!

Daily Observations
Just by daily observations of your dog, you can gather a lot of information that will give you a fairly accurate picture of what is "normal" for him or her in regard to their appearance, bodily functions, and behaviors.

For example, you will know:
  • How much he usually eats. A programmable/automatic pet feeder makes tracking this a breeze.
  • How much water he normally consumes. A gravity waterer where the filler bottle is see-through, helps here.
  • How much sleep he requires. This one's pretty easy if he shares your sleeping quarters!
  • How often he eliminates. Lavender doggy bags makes the counting easier!
  • How much exercise he generally needs. With you? or on a dog treadmill.
  • How active and peppy he behaves most of the time. If you have a Smart Pet Tracker, you have technology at your fingertips. It monitors activity levels and lets you keep tabs on your pet even when you're somewhere else.

In fact, when you are aware of your dog's normal activity and healthy profile, you will be able to notice even subtle changes that may indicate he is experiencing a problem. And that is a very important part of looking after your dog.

Dr. Pitcairn's Natural Health guide (pictured above), is an excellent reference I have found invaluable and I think you will too. It provides a wealth of information on how to recognize a wide range of common pet illnesses and how to treat them with an emphasis on natural remedies. It also has some excellent pet food recipes your dog will love!

Taking it to another level, here's a simple 2-minute UTI test you can perform with the Instant Urinary Tract Infection Testing Kit, if and when your pet is showing signs of this very common infection, thus enabling prompt treatment.



A healthy dog looks bright eyed, attentive, has a shiny coat, a spring in his step, etc. By recognizing a change and detecting signs that something may be going on, you will often be able to:
  • Treat it with a home remedy
  • Save your dog from unnecessary suffering
  • Save your dog from those vet visits he hates and yourself from costly vet bills.


Dogs don't like going to that scary and stressful place, with strange smells and unfamiliar people - the vet's office. You're the one he trusts and prefers to take care of him when he comes down with one of the common pet illnesses that inevitably show up even in an otherwise healthy dog.

While there are many health issues we can handle at home, there will be times when the vet needs to be consulted.

Once you learn about the symptoms of these conditions and their usual treatment, you will be in a much better position to know when you can try a home remedy and when it's time to call the vet for help.

Veterinary Secrets: Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, is another valuable resource you can have at your fingertips to help recognize and treat many of your dogs health problems at home with natural and effective remedies, while at the same time knowing when a vet visit is needed.

Most Common Dog Health Problems

According to the dog health insurance industry, here are some of the most frequent dog health issues for which claims are received:


Prominent Health Issues And Topics

Following are other dog diseases and conditionsfrequently seen in the canine kingdom. Included with them are some important health care topics, because paying close attention to preventative care will keep many potentially harmful conditions from developing.



Watching Over Them

Yin and Yang dog nutrition The biggest responsibility we have to our pets is watching over their health! And even though having a trusted vet to call upon when necessary is important, we are the first line of defense our dog's rely upon to notice when they seem unwell.

Starting our dog down the road to a healthy life begins with puppy health, and it starts the very day that cuddly ball of fur crosses our threshold. Having a basic understanding of common puppy and dog health problems will give you confidence to take care of these vulnerable creatures.

We believe the best approach to pet health is a holistic one that includes sound nutrition, exercise, hygiene and grooming, parasite control, vaccinations, proper training to keep him safe and lots of affectionate nurturing time with his master.

To help you with this awesome responsibility, we have addressed some of the common dog health problems that many owners encounter during a dog's lifetime and will continue to frequently update this page with more information about dog illnesses.

Some common dog health problems are often treatable with home remedies and some will need a vet's expert advice. But any time you're in doubt, it's time to give the vet a shout!

Selecting A Vet

We encourage every dog owner to select both a mainstream vet as well as one that practices holistic pet medicine, before getting a dog. Sources for vet information include: the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) aahanet.org, and The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association ahvma.org. Some vets are well-versed in both approaches.

While the vet will keep a record of your pet's health, it's a good idea to back this up with your own records all in one place so you can lay your hands on them in seconds. The Complete Dog Organizerthe complete dog organizer is very useful for this purpose. Take it along when you're going on vacation with your dog, or if you have to relocate and find a new vet. Plus the information you store in the organizer could also include many other records besides medical ones.

Typical Records Might Include:

  • first aid pet incidents you were able to handle at home
  • a record of past and up-coming vet appointments
  • names of any medications your dog has taken
  • pictures of your dog each year (in the event he gets lost)
  • records of his AKC registration and breeder's name (if applicable)
  • pet insurance information
  • an accounting of vet charges
  • puppy and/or dog training events he has received
plus anything else you choose to put in record. In other words, while you may use it primarily to store your dog's health records, you can also make it your dog's historical memory book!

In conclusion, when your pet seems out of sorts, you will feel much more confident if you have become familiar with the signs of health problems that are often seen in dogs, as well as the home remedies that others have used to treat them successfully.

Dogs show us in so many ways that we are important to them, and if they were able to they certainly would thank us for doing everything possible to take care of them.


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