Five of the Most Common Health Problems in Dogs
This article looks at five of the most common health problems faced by dogs and offers advice on how they can be treated, with special emphasis on natural and herbal treatments. Arthritis and Rheumatism Arthritis is one of the most common problems suffered by dogs, affecting as many as 20% of all dog breeds. Some breeds are particularly susceptible, with larger dogs like Golden Retrievers, Labradors, and Great Danes the most likely to face arthritis or other joint problems such as rheumatism as they get older. There are no guaranteed cures for either arthritis or rheumatism, but a combination of a healthy natural diet, herbal medicines and the right supplements can be effective at mitigating the worst of the symptoms. Ear Infections Another very common canine health problem is ear infections. Dogs that have smelly ears or are often scratching their ears may well be suffering from an ear infection, which may be caused by anything from ear mites to allergies or hair growth in the air canal. Garlic juice has natural purifying properties, which makes it a great cleansing liquid for your dog's ears. It removes dust and dirt, and will help to deal with the symptoms of the infection. Digestive Problems When dogs have digestive problems, it tends to manifest itself in symptoms like flatulence, diarrhoea and maybe even vomiting. Some dogs have more delicate digestive systems than others, and that makes them more vulnerable to problems in this department. Like humans, dogs need a nutritious, balanced diet to stay healthy and active. They can also benefit from some carefully chosen herbal supplements, such as tree barks powder (made from powdered slippery elm bark), which slows down the digestive process and therefore is ideal for dogs with delicate digestive systems or who are suffering from diarrhoea. Skin Allergies Canine skin complaints come in many different forms, so much so that it can be hard for even trained professionals to always identify them correctly. These skin problems can be triggered by a number of things, including food allergies, mites, fungal infections, as well as more serious causes like tumors. A natural diet is one of the best ways to prevent skin problems developing, as is regularly checking your dog's skin to spot any potential issues before they get out of hand. There are a number of herbal treatments that can also help, such as a combination of garlic and fenugreek, which both have antibiotic properties and help to stimulate the immune system. Anxiety and Nervousness Canine anxiety is thought to affect as many as 30% of dogs, and its causes and symptoms vary widely from dog to dog. It is common for dogs to experience panic and nervousness when they are faced with loud noises, long periods of isolation, or car journeys if they are not used to these things. To treat canine anxiety often involves careful, patient training to make your dog at ease with whatever is causing them distress. Natural calming remedies like skullcap and valerian can also assist with this process, as they help to soothe and relax dogs without sedating them.