Good Dog Parenting...Doggie Health Issues

As a dog owner of three dogs I have dealt with my share of doggie health issues so I decided to research the most common health problems affecting our furry loved ones.

 Chloe has suffered from ear yeast infection. #1 health condition according to webMD which was determined by a survey done on pet insurance claims. Chloe's ear infection is due to allergies but if you think your dog suffers from something similar, its important to take him/her to the vet to make sure its not something more serious. yeast infection in dogs. I personally changed Chloe's diet to grain-free and use Zymox Otic Enzymatic Solution-Hydrocortisone free which was given to me by the vet and has helped a lot.

 Chanel is allergic to fleas, flea allergy dermatitis/hot spots which is #2 and #3 on the list. 
The #1 tip for avoiding the issue is flea prevention, otherwise, you treat your pet and the problem goes away temporarily, only to come back. Some owners avoid flea medicine because its costly (at least the medication that actually works) but the bottom line is that if you don't use it, you'll end up paying more on special shampoos, ointments, and medication to treat the skin allergy. 
Flea Medication: I use Advantage that I get from Vet. My sister gives her dogs a pill. Talk to your vet to see what he recommends. I also add a couple spoonfuls of apple cider vinegar to her water.

 Sara has suffered from dry skin in the past which was actually due to poor nutrition.
Apparently the condition is very common in Labrador retrievers. That's why its important to read the ingredient list when purchasing dog food and learning what is good and bad. I buy Sara grain-free dog food and the salmon/fish flavors have really helped resolve the issue. I use a hypoallergenic shampoo as well. This article helped me how to read food ingredient labels on dog food and how to determine something good vs. something cheap How to Select a Pet Food that's Actually Good for your Pet. I also add a little olive oil to her food twice a week which has helped brighten her coat :)

1.  Ear Infections
2. Skin Allergy
3. Skin infection/ Hot Spots
4. vomiting
5. diarrhea
6. bladder infection
7. arthritis
8. soft-tissue trauma
9. noncancerous tumor
10. eye infection

11** cute infectionitis :)

Not a lot of people realize that when you take in a dog, its a huge responsibility. At least for good people who are responsible. They are just like humans and their health problems should not be ignored or taken lightly. Before adopting or purchasing a pet, ask yourself if you have the time and money to take care of them if they become ill? will you love them like a part of the family? If you answer no, please don't be selfish and adopt a pet for all the wrong reasons.

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