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5 Dog Diseases Vets Don’t Think You Know, But Should

Reviewed by Dr. Bill Saxon DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC on Friday, July 31, 2015
Posted July 30, 2015 in Dog Diseases & Conditions A-Z

Having a dog is pretty great, am I right? Coming home to a big smile and wagging tail can sometimes make your day. In return, what can we do as dog parents to ensure they’re living the happiest, healthiest, lives possible?

I already know how important routine veterinary visits are, but I found myself wondering what exactly my veterinarian is looking for at these appointments. 

To help educate myself and any other curious dog parents out there, I asked 7 veterinarians, ”What are the 5 top dog conditions pet parents should be aware of?" Here’s what I got back:

1. Obesity
Overweight Pug on floor According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), the 2014 National Pet Obesity Prevalence Survey discovered more than 50% of dogs in the U.S. are overweight.

When your dog is overweight he is at risk for several other concerns such as:

Sure, wrinkles are cute but only in the right places. If you think Spike is pushing the pounds, a trip the veterinarian might be in order.

For 5 must ask questions to ask your vet about obesity, click here >>

For ways to help your dog lose weight, click here >>

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Tori has more than 2 years of experience in the pet health industry and is junior editor of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.