The 26 biggest health conditions that plague dogs
Your dog is part of the family. He's always happy to see you, loves you unconditionally and serves as a loyal companion. As a dog owner, you want to do everything in your power to keep your furry friend happy and healthy for many years to come.
Just as with humans, dogs can be impacted by countless health conditions, but some are much more common than others. Many of these issues are hereditary, but others are largely preventable if you know the warning signs and take your dog to the veterinarian as soon as you notice symptoms. Making sure your pooch has a checkup at least once a year — even when he seems in perfect health — can also help detect issues early, when they're easier to treat.
It can be hard to know when your dog is injured or under the weather, since he can't easily tell you how he's feeling. At PetBreeds we know you would do anything for your best friend, so we put together a list of the most common health issues dogs face. Keep reading to learn more about different types of conditions your dog could develop, so you'll recognize the symptoms and seek assistance right away. We identified the breeds these conditions often affect, as well.
Canine hip dysplasia occurs when a dog's hip joint becomes displaced. It's more common in larger dogs than smaller ones, and symptoms include pain and limping. Veterinarians use X-rays to diagnose this condition.