4 Common Dog Health Issues and Prevention Tips

Written by: James Newman



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4 Common Dog Health Issues and Prevention Tips

4 Common Dog Health Issues Found in Dogs and Prevention Tips

1. Obesity in Dogs: Recognising and Addressing the Issue.

Obesity in dogs is a significant problem with various negative implications for their health and well-being. A list of common dog health issues are below:

  • Health Risks
  • Joint Strain
  • Reduced Life Expectancy
  • Decreased Energy and Vitality
  • Impact on Organ Function


TIPS FOR SUCCESS: Preventing and managing obesity in dogs involves a combination of proper nutrition, regular exercise, and attentive care. Here are some effective solutions to reduce or avoid obesity in dogs:

  • Balanced diet
  • Regular Exercise
  • Portion control
  • Natural, un-processed treats/food
  • Interactive feeders
  • Follow the guided daily intake recommendations for your dogs weight and breed.

Obesity in Dogs

2. Dental issues are common among dogs, and neglecting oral health can lead to various problems. This is a common dog health issue. Here are some common dental problems that can occur in dogs:

  • Gingivitis
  • Dental Tartar (Calculus) Buildup
  • Gum Disease
  • Tooth Fractures
  • Abscesses
  • Bacterial Infections

Regular dental care, including professional cleanings and at-home oral hygiene practices, is essential for preventing these problems and maintaining your dog's overall health. Consulting with a veterinarian for guidance on dental care tailored to your dog's specific needs is recommended. 

  • Regular rope toy play sessions
  • Tough or frozen chews (we freeze lamb neck bones in the summer which work great and a safe chew too!)
  • Chew dog treats.
  • Doggie toothbrushes.
  • Regular Vet visits.

dog teeth cleaning

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3. Skin Conditions: Unraveling the Itchy Mysteries.

Dogs often suffer from skin conditions that manifest as itching, redness, or dryness. Some common culprits include allergies, parasites, and fungal infections. Often solutions include making a switch to more balanced diets, regular grooming, and using suitable shampoos. I would highly encourage early detection through regular skin checks with your Vet regular check-ups.

A few extra little tips include:

  • Regular Bathing - with suitable shampoo's. I would advise as natural as possible to help eliminate any potential chemical sensitivities.
  • Hydration - lotions.
  • Regular grooming. A brush every week can make a big difference with hygiene.
dog getting washed

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4. Arthritis in dogs.

Also known as canine osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease, is a common and progressive condition that affects the joints, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. It is particularly prevalent in older dogs but can also occur in younger animals due to various factors.

  • Joint Inflammation
  • Cartilage Degradation
  • Pain and Discomfort
  • Stiffness and Reduced Mobility
  • Joint Swelling
  • Limping or Lameness
  • Decreased Activity Levels
  • Behavioural Changes

Arthritis in dogs can occur for a number of reasons. Some including age, genetics, joint instability, obesity or even infections and diseses.

Making adjustments to the dog's environment, such as providing comfortable bedding or ramps for easier access, can enhance their quality of life.

Arthritis is a chronic condition that requires ongoing management and monitoring. Early detection and a comprehensive treatment plan can significantly improve a dog's comfort and overall well-being. Consultation with a veterinarian is essential for an accurate diagnosis and tailored approach to managing arthritis in dogs. You can try joint supplements, regular exercise and correct diet for weight control. Joint supplements containing glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate may support cartilage health and slow the progression of arthritis.

dog with arthritis

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In the realm of canine well-being, understanding common health issues and implementing preventive measures are paramount for ensuring a dog's lifelong vitality. This short guide delves into prevalent health concerns such as obesity, dental problems, and skin conditions. From recognising the signs to taking proactive steps, the emphasis is on preventive measures. Regular veterinary check-ups, vaccinations, and proper hygiene practices emerge as key components in safeguarding a dog's health. By exploring this concise overview, dog owners can become empowered advocates for their furry companions, fostering a life of well-being, happiness, and wagging tails.

Remove processed food. Try to make sure the first 5 ingredients of any food or treat you can actually recognise understand.

Regular grooming and hygiene control is paramount.

Encourage them to chew daily. Their dental hygiene and vet will thank you for it!

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James from All Barks

The Author: James Newman

In 2012, James embarked on a unique journey that would ultimately lead to the creation of All Barks, his own dog treat brand.

While navigating being an Integrated Fitness & Nutrition Consultant in Sydney, Australia, he found himself facing a practical frustration – the challenge of sourcing high-quality treats for his beloved Husky, Tintin. James, fuelled by a passion for canine well-being, began experimenting with homemade recipes, aiming to strike a balance between delicious flavours and nutritional value.

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