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Common dog health problems

Your pet could be affected by health problems at any point in their lives. While it is not something we wish to think about it is always good to be aware of the signs and symptoms.

We have worked with our partners at Joii to provide handy guides about the heath problems and conditions common to some of the most popular breeds of dog. These guides detail the causes of each condition and preventative healthcare advice that owners can follow to avert or manage it going forward.

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Bones Joints & Mobility

Conditions include osteoarthritis, lameness, cruciate ligament damage and hip dysplasia which can cause mild to severe discomfort. 

Skin Conditions & Allergies

Skin Allergies

Skin conditions and allergies are a common health problem in dogs; appearing as bumps, redness and irritation of the skin as well as scratching and biting of affected areas. 


Common dog health problemsCancer and Tumour

Cancer and Tumour

A chronic condition commonly found in older dogs appearing as lumps and growths on the skin or in the dog’s body. 

Heart Conditions

Heart Conditions

There are a wide range of different heart conditions which can vary in severity. A dog can be born with a heart problem or develop a condition over time.  



A common incurable health problem where a dog has insufficient levels of insulin causing blood sugar levels to be uncontrollable without medication. 

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An unpleasant and involuntary expulsion of stomach content through a dog’s mouth.   

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Seizures & Elilepsy

Both health problems can cause a dog to convulse uncontrollable due to disturbed brain activity. Seizures can be temporary due to underlying health issues, where as Epilepsy is a life-long condition.

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Accident and Injury

Fractures, road traffic accidents (RTAs), nail injuries and other wounds. Some accidents and injuries are hard to prevent and could lead to further health issues later in life. 

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 Foreign Body

Unnatural items (like glass or thorns) becoming stuck in areas such as a dog’s stomach, skin, paws, eyes, ears or mouth that need veterinary assistance to remove.

Common dog health problems 4 Gastroenteritis & Diarrhoea

A condition which causes inflammation of the stomach and/or intestine as well as a dog producing an abnormal, sometimes uncontrollable, amount of watery excrement.

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Cushing’s Disease

A hormone disorder caused by tumours developing on one of two important hormone glands resulting in an abnormal level of cortisol hormone being produced.

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Hepatitis in dogs is a virus that seriously affects the liver. It is a highly infectious condition passed from dog to dog through blood, urine, saliva and faeces.  

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Eye Ulcer

A condition also referred to as a corneal ulcer. This condition is normally caused by blunt trauma leaving a dog with a deep painful erosion in their eye.  

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Toxic Ingestion

This is when a dog, sometimes unknowingly, ingests some sort of poisonous matter. This includes plants, poison and certain foods. 

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A serious condition that causes inflammation in the pancreas. Symptoms include sudden vomiting and stomach pain.



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