Dog Health Problems and Symptoms Where Do You Turn?

I hope the reason you’re here is to be proactive, rather than having a sick dog. My heart breaks every time I see one of my dogs in pain or not feeling well. Luckily it doesn’t happen too often, but when it does, I get very upset. Doing research on your dog’s health problems and symptoms can help prevent the problem from getting worse. And I must stress, when in doubt, see a veterinarian. I know quite a bit about dogs and I still hesitate before going to the vet, so you’re not alone.

If you have dog health questions, your vet is the best person to ask. However, some common health problems in dogs can be addressed at home. Skin care for a smelly dog, for example. This can often happen due to skin allergies. Chinese Shar-pei can be bad for that, and I’ve been lucky so far. One of the best tips I’ve heard from breeders though is to not bathe her too often, as it can dry out the skin. This is perhaps quite the opposite if you have a long haired dog. I suggest visiting and joining online forums for your dog’s breed, or at least dogs in general – you can get invaluable information there. For the record, when I do bathe my Shar-pei, I use an oatmeal shampoo. No skin problems in 3 years. You be the judge.

If you’re looking for dog care for a mouth sore, it would depend on the kind of sore. My Shar-pei has “puppy pimples” which aren’t dangerous and cause no pain to her, so I just dab some peroxide on them, and that does the trick. Of course, I got this tidbit from a breeder who got it from a vet. Please don’t just blindly follow what I say – it may not be appropriate for your dog.

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