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While most dogs live happy, relatively uneventful lives, some may experience health issues at various ages that necessitate veterinary care. It is, of course, not possible to predict with any degree of accuracy which animals will need treatment in the future and which will not, let alone which types of treatment may be required. However, what we can do, as responsible and caring dog owners, is to familiarize ourselves with the most common health problems that our four-legged friends could possibly run into and ensure that we are ready to deal with any eventually.

The Top 5 Issues

Not all surveys agree with the specific order but the 5 health problems below are most definitely among the most commonly reported around the world. One of the easiest things you can do to prepare for any of these problems is to take out dog insurance with a reputable provider. Whether you live in Australia, America, the UK, or anywhere else where insurance companies ply their trade, you are sure to find one that is able to offer you the cover you need for your pet. Having done that, acquaint yourself with the 5 conditions listed below.

  1. Heartworm:  Spread by mosquitoes, heartworm used to be a very big issue among domesticated dogs in various parts of the world. Fortunately, modern vaccines that can be administered twice a year by a qualified vet or oral preventatives that can be given monthly, can protect your pet from this nasty parasitic disease. Unfortunately, by the time visible symptoms appear, such as the coughing up of blood, it is usually too late for treatment to work so prevention is definitely the best option.
  2. Fleas:  Almost every dog gets fleas at one point or another and will suffer no lasting effects once an infestation has been dealt with. Ticks are a different matter and can cause serious problems including blood poisoning, so you need to be aware of what they look like and should consider using preventive sprays and rinses to repel paralysis ticks from your pets.
  3. Broken Bones:  Most owners will not need lessons in how to diagnose broken bones as dogs make it clear when they have suffered such an injury. What you should know is that rapid treatment, and keeping the fracture from worsening by applying a splint before moving the injured animal, can help a great deal.
  4. Obesity:  Again, obesity is not hard to diagnose and it should be dealt with promptly to avoid complications, of which there can be many.
  5. Cancer:  Dogs are prone to a number of different types of cancer but if you are lucky enough to spot the disease early and have a canine insurance policy that will pay for treatment, a full recovery may not be out of the question. Loss of weight and fatigue are common symptoms.

We hope the health issues mentioned in this article do not worry you unduly. Although they are not uncommon, many dogs will never be troubled by them and if you are well prepared, you may be able to help your pet to overcome any and all of them.

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