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What Is the Best Way to Battle Common Dog Illnesses?

It's never fun watching someone deal with an illness, especially if that someone is a member of your family. Today, people spend a great amount of time, energy, and money trying to remedy and prevent sickness. We go for check-ups to the doctor, make sure to exercise regularly (or try our best to anyway), and take vitamins and supplements to help boost our immune system.

One of the most intricate members of your family is your dog, and it's important to keep him healthy. Most dog owners take their dogs to the vet regularly and try to get their pup some regular exercise by going on walks or letting him roam around the backyard. What about vitamins and supplements, though? Vitamins and supplements can help your dog battle off some of the most chronic illnesses that face our canine friends. There are even vitamins that have been specifically designed to accommodate certain problems!

Arthritis is especially prevalent amongst larger and older dogs.

Common Conditions
Okay, so there are vitamins that can help a dog battle off certain illnesses, but what illnesses exactly are we talking about? And, how do I know if this illness is affecting my pup? Luckily, we have the answer for you. Here are 3 of the most common illnesses amongst dogs and the vitamins that can help.

  1. Arthritis- Arthritis is a condition that has been diagnosed in one out of every five dogs across the globe, and effects millions of other undiagnosed dogs, as well. Arthritis is highly prevalent amongst larger breeds, but this debilitating condition can impact any dog. It can make getting up and down, let alone running or even walking, nearly impossible. If you suspect that your dog has or is at risk for arthritis, you may want to consider a pet vitamin regement to aid in their health.
  2. Kennel Cough- Kennel Cough is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection that affects thousands of dogs across the United States. If you notice the symptoms of Kennel Couch (dry cough, sneezing, gagging or vomiting after light exercise), it's important that you get your pup to the vet immediately.
  3. Fur and Skin Problems- Today, there are over 160 known skin and fur disorders amongst the canine population. Some of these are curable and some are incurable. For incurable diseases (for example, Cushings disease and hypothyroidism), it's especially important to take preventative measures to make sure things don't get out of hand. Veterinarian T.J Dunn says, "For the incurable cases, controlling an ongoing skin disorder through selected diets, medications, shampoos, sprays, fatty acids and vitamin supplements is the best we can do." Luckily, there are specialized supplements directly aimed at helping fur and skin problems.

Even thinking about your pup getting sick can be extremely stressful. But, as long as you are doing everything in your power to help him out, there's nothing to feel guilty about.

By: Tim Snyder
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