SlimDoggy Health Check: Dog Diseases
Recently we started a new feature on SlimDoggy called SlimDoggy Health Check. Initially we wrote about two health issues we had direct experience with, distemper and heartworm.
As I continued to plan our series, I realized that there are so many health issues & diseases that can affect our dogs that I should take a step back and plan and present this series more logically.
According to Wikipedia, dog diseases fall into a number of categories or types:
- Parasites: Worms
- Intestinal Parasites
- Skin Parasites
- Muscles & Ligaments
- Muscular Disorders
- Skeletal Disorders – Part 1
- Skeletal Disorders – Part 2
- Cardiovascular and circulatory
- Respiratory system: Pneumonia
- Nervous system
- – – Spinal Column
- – – Osteosarcoma Part I – Part II – Part III
- Endocrine diseases
- Gastrointestinal diseases
- – – Pancreatitis Part I – Part II
- Urinary and reproductive systems
- Poisons and overdoses
Unfortunately, that’s quite a long list. I’m sure all of you reading this have experiences in at least one or two of these areas. Having had six dogs in my adult life, I’ve had the misfortune of dealing with several of them.
As we stated when we introduced this series, our goal will be to give you a lay persons perspective on some of the more prevalent diseases, their cause, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. We will also identify how exercise and nutrition may (or may not) play a role in the development or the treatment of the disease.
We NEVER recommend diagnosing yourself or your dog on the internet. Much of what you read is outdated or just flat out inaccurate. Our intent is to provide some well-researched, accurate and up-to-date information and a list of additional reliable sources to help educate you and your family. None of this takes the place of advice from your pet’s veterinarian, but early diagnosis can make a world of difference to the prognosis, so we believe fore-warned is fore-armed!
We’ll be back soon with a look at bacterial diseases.
Dog Diseases and Symptoms