SlimDoggy Health Check: Dog Diseases

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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:


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 Much of what you read is outdated or just flat out inaccurate.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.
Additional Resources:

Dog Diseases and Symptoms

Dog Diseases A-Z

List of dog diseases

Common Dog Diseases and Symptoms


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  1. that\’s a super idea and it\’s important to be informed. some things we can avoid if we prevent them in advance or if we know what we can do to protect our pups.

  2. My boy cannot keep his face out of ponds, lakes, streams, and puddles. He often drinks this water, leading to problems. Can’t wait to read your research!

  3. Great series, I often worry about the things I cannot see – since Harley cannot communicate. While a great relationship with your vet is also a plus, knowledge in this case is certainly powerful as well. Can’t wait to read more. Thanks Slim

  4. I’m sure this will be another great series!
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  5. This is going to be a wonderful and informative series! Its so great to have information you trust in one spot because like you said, there is a lot of misinformation out there!
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  6. Can’t wait for your new series.

  7. I think the best part of this is learning about them and being pro-active and staying informed. Can’t wait for the series!
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  8. Looking forward to it! I think a lot of us are dog hypochondriacs.

  9. If you really look into it, the list can be pretty scary. I try to be aware of potential diseases, but not get too fixated on them. I look forward to your series.
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  10. I’m looking forward to this series! I’ve had far more “experience” with GI disease than I care to think about — tho not as much as Jen and her Leroy — and having a great relationship with the vet is essential. So is having accurate, reliable information. I’ve learned the hard way which info to trust and which not to. YOUR dog food database is now my only go-to for dog food rankings…I like to compare your rankings to our vet’s food recommendations.
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  11. I’m very much looking forward to this new series! It’s nice to also have a lay person’s take on common health problems instead of just the technical or clinical information.
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  12. It will be great to have a reliable place to go for more information if our dogs are diagnosed with something that we need to know more about. Our vet is available for any questions we have, but sometimes I don’t want to bother him with every little thing I’m worried about!
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  13. Yup that is a whole lot of diseases. Speaking of Bacterial diseases, my gang had had a bacterial skin infection and some forms of kennel cough are caused by bacteria. Plus bacteria urinary tract infections. Oh the joys.
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