Question by  funkygibbons (26)

What are the most common canine health problems?

I am thinking about getting a dog.


Answer by  Hammy (244)

For large dogs hip dysplasia is a big problem. Flat faced breeds have breathing problems and terrible gas. For small dogs spinal alignment can be an issue. Heart-worm, intestinal parasites, fleas, and ticks cause the most problems but can be avoided with preventative care. Most dogs are pretty healthy though.


Answer by  FishGal88 (351)

Canine health problems vary widely based on breed. Large breeds are prone to hip dysplasia and bloat, while smaller breeds can be affected by skeletal problems and more prone to injury.


Answer by  BBB16 (71)

Their ears can get dirty and infected, and may need medication and cleaning. Older dogs can develop arthritis, just like humans.


Answer by  Lindy14 (104)

Common health problems in dogs include hip dysplasia, Bloat, which is common in wide or barrel chested dogs. All dogs are prone to dental disease including gum disease and tartar on the teeth. Heartworm is a danger and you should take preventative measures. Fleas can cause many health problems. Ear infections, especially in long eared dogs.

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