General Dog Health

Open wide and say woof! Our General Dog Health section covers a variety of concerns, questions, products, and topics that help you stay informed when it comes to your pooch’s well-being. Learn more about how you can make your four-legged family member feel their best, both mentally and physically.

Dog’s physical condition is not the only indicator of their health. What makes a dog healthy and happy is a complex topic that includes many aspects of their lifestyle, and in Petguide.com’s General Dog Health blog, we try to give you the complete overview of all those important facets.

Worried about your dog’s health issue? Read our articles on dog illnesses and medical conditions such as cherry eyes, allergies, gingivitis, and more. Wondering what goes on in that cute head of theirs? Take a look at eye-opening articles on empathy in dogs or emotions dogs can experience. We also cover how dogs influence our health, so make sure to check out our articles on how dogs make us happier and improve our lives.

For those of you who love reading interesting facts, quirks, and curiosities about dog’s health, you’re in the right place. Discover the real truth about doggie pheromones and canine plastic surgery, find out what is hybrid vigor and double merle dog, and if vaping and second-hand smoke really have an impact on your pooch’s health. Always wanted to know where healthiest dogs live or if tail docking has any benefits? Stay up to date with latest findings and studies that concern dog health!

A wholesome lifestyle helps your pup have optimal health. Our guides and articles help you learn all the essentials needed for a dog’s well-being and provide your dog with the best care possible. And don’t be shy – if you have a question about General Dog Health, please feel free to ask us.

Research Suggests Better Survival Rates for Dogs With Bloat

Gastric dilation and volvulus, or bloat, can be deadly to dogs, but recent research is showing that it's not as much the death sentence as it was once.

Why is My Dog Lethargic?

Is your dog lethargic? You may be inclined to dismiss it as being the heat, him being tired, or boredom, it may be something entirely different.

Should Dogs Drink Ice Cold Water?

Nothing quenches your thirst like a glass of cold water. But is it safe for your dog to drink ice cold water?

My Dog Has A Tooth Fracture – What Should I Do?

Ouch! Did your dog bite off more than he could chew and fractured a tooth? Here’s what you need to know about this common dental issue. Dogs are just a…

What You Need To Know About Heat Stroke In Dogs

Don't risk your dog's well being and do everything you can to prevent this from happening by reading the facts and tips about heat stroke in dogs.

Hydrogen Peroxide in Ears: Is It Good for Your Dog?

A common item in your medicine cabinet, hydrogen peroxide has a multitude of purposes. But is it safe to use when cleaning your dog's ears?

California Vets Want to Prescribe Medical Marijuana to Pets

For many pets, non-psychoactive cannabis oil successfully treats health issues, and if the new bill passes, your veterinarian can be the one prescribing it.

Common Periodontal Disease In Dogs

Dog dental health: Pet parents need to know the basics about common periodontal disease in dogs including their causes, symptoms, and treatment options.

10 Signs Your Dog is From a Puppy Mill

Puppies from puppy mills often come with a host of health problems. By knowing what to look for in puppy mill puppies, you can help stop their sale.

Fever in Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Fever is a concern when it happens - and our dogs can even get one. Before you panic, read on to know what you should know about fever in dogs.

Experts Say Pet Obesity On the Rise- 8th Year in a Row

Nationwide statistics revealed a worrying trend: the number of overweight pets has been on a constant rise for the last 8 years.

How Can I Tell If My Dog Has a Fever?

Read on as we go through the basics of dog fever and just how to tell if your pet needs your help

How Dogs Can Help Prevent Suicide

The winter months often lead to increased depression and thoughts of suicide. Dogs offer a unique form of furry therapy that helps get you out of your head.

Is Your Dog’s Bad Breath Telling You Something About Their Health?

Sometimes, your dog's stinky breath is not just a nuisance- it can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Recognize the signs in time!

Study: Exposure to Cats Can Reduce Childhood Asthma Rates

Another reason to get a cat! New research suggests that a cat in the house around newborns can help prevent children from developing asthma.

5 Benefits of Playing With Your Dog

Did you need a reason to play with your dog? We have 5 great benefits why you should play fetch with Fido.

Why Do Dogs Get Eye Boogers?

Dog eye boogers- are they a cause for concern? Here you'll find all the deets about why dogs get eye boogers and what to do when it happens.

Can Dogs Detect Cancer?

A dog's nose is a powerful tool used for many different purposes. But can dogs detect cancer? Read on to find out more.

How Water is Important for a Dog’s Digestive Health

It's more than just a matter of thirst. Water also plays an important role in a dog's digestive health. Here's how it helps keep things moving.

7 Joyful Ways Dog Make Us Happier

Dogs are always there to pick us up when we're feeling blue. We wish we had the space to list all the ways dogs make us happier, but here are our favorites.

What Is Cherry Eye In Dogs?

I spy with my little eye something that looks red and swollen! Let's go over some important facts about cherry eye in dogs and how to fix it.

Study: America’s Healthiest Pets Live in Montana, Colorado, and Sout

Care.com's ThinkTank looked at pet care and health in the United States -- Montana, Colorado and Nebraska are the top three states with the healthiest pets.

Cutting It Short: The Basics About Tail Docking in Dogs

Tail docking in dogs has been around for centuries, used for different purposes. In modern times, this practice is usually performed for cosmetic reasons.

Best Eye Drops for Dogs

Read on to find out our selection of the 10 best eye drops for dogs. Each one has a unique formula that works like a charm - say goodbye to eye problems!

What is an Elimination Diet for Dogs?

The goal of an elimination diet is to identify which food (or foods) are triggering the adverse reaction in your pet.

Top 10 Best Dogs For Allergy Sufferers

What dogs won't make you sneeze? Learn the basics about hypoallergenic dog breeds and our recommendations for the top 5 best dogs for allergy sufferers.

Why is My Dog Vomiting White Foam?

The reasons for white foam vomiting can be many, and the cause might not be clear to you immediately. What’s even more frustrating, there are several possible causes for this occurrence.

7 Ways To Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Clean

We love it when our doggos have that pearly white smile, don’t we? It means that their teeth and gums are in good shape and that’s a good indicat…

Why Does My Dog Keep Licking His Paws?

Is he cleaning? Are they itchy? Why does your dog keep licking his paws? If you're looking to curtail this habit, get to the root of the issue.

Take Your Pet To The Vet Without Leaving Home With Vetster

The pandemic has changed the way we live our lives. It affects everything we do – how we work, how we shop, even how we interact with our pets. Even a visit…

5 Ways Probiotics Can Help Your Dog

You take probiotics to help your digestion - but did you know that your pooch could take them, too? Here are a few reasons to give your dog probiotics.

Plug It In, Chill Out: Do Pet Pheromone Plugs-Ins Really Work?

If you've got a stressed out or anxious pet, you're willing to try anything to help calm him down. But do pet pheromone plug-ins actually work or help?

6 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Dog’s Heart Healthy

If you thought that keeping your dog “heart healthy” was simply down to controlling his weight and getting in some exercise, you’d only be partially right.

Common Myths About Spaying And Neutering Your Dog

As a responsible pet parent, you'll be faced with whether or not you will spay or neuter your dog. Let's look at common myths about spaying and neutering.

Study Suggests Shared Risk For Diabetes Between Dogs And Their Humans

A new study out of Sweden and the United Kingdom suggests that the humans of dogs who have diabetes are more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes as well. The s…

Tricks of the Trade: Fear-Free Veterinary Strategies

A trip to the vet? No thank you! If your dog hates going to see the veterinarian, there are things you can do to ensure a less stressful visit.

Speaking Up About Deafness in Senior Dogs

The loss of hearing is one of the concerns we have when our dogs grow older. If your dog is going deaf, here's what you can do to help communicate.

What to Expect With a Veterinary Teeth Cleaning

Dogs need to have their teeth cleaned. If you don't take care of doggie dental needs at home, your pooch will need to go in for a veterinary teeth cleaning.

8 Tips To Improve Your Dog’s Dental Health

Dogs deserve pearly white teeth, so make sure they have a healthy smile You want to keep your dog smiling… and proper dental care is an important fact…

Tick Guide: Common Types Of Ticks In North America

You've heard of bird watching... but tick watching? It's not an actually hobby, but if you're a dog owner, you should know the types of ticks in your area.

What’s The Difference Between Fleas and Ticks?

Sure, fleas and ticks are little pains in the butt, but did you know that there are differences between the two? Know what youre up against this spring.

How to Read Your Dog’s Vital Signs

When your dog is in medical distress, you need to know how to read his vital signs. We explain what to check and how to do it. Regardless of age, breed or he…

Cynophobia: Why Are Some People Afraid of Dogs?

Fear of dogs is common. Cynophobia - the fear of dogs - can be overwhelming, and can affect the quality of a person's life.

6 Signs of Frostbite in Dogs

Extreme exposure to the elements can have severe effects on your pet: these are the most common signs of frostbite in dogs that require an urgent vet visit.

Spicy Topic: Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon?

Pooches love the taste of cinnamon... but is it safe? Can dogs eat cinnamon or not? Find out if you should be including it in your dog's diet.

All About Dog Anal Glands

This is information you'll want to get behind. Here's what you should know about dog anal glands and how to keep them healthy.

Food Allergies in Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

Food allergies are common in dogs. Do you think your dog is allergic to a certain food? We talk about what you should watch for and how to treat them.

Best Dog Cones

Your dog's recovery period doesn't have to be more stressful than it already is- take a look at our top 10 list of best dog cones to find the ideal model.

Owner Behavior to Blame for Pet Obesity, Researchers Reveal

According to new research, it seems that we should start with changing our behavior if we want our pets to stay healthy and in top shape.

Is Smoking Weed Around Dogs Dangerous?

As more states (and countries) legalize the use of marijuana, smoking this substance is less taboo. But will lighting up a joint affect your dog's health?

Is Papain Safe For Dogs

If you’re scratching your head wondering what the heck is papain and where or why would you even begin to look for it, the answers are easy. The natural version of papain is found in your grocery store’s produce section and you may recognize it better as papaya.

Study Shows These Dog Breeds Most Likely To Have an Extra Row of Teeth

Is your pooch more likely to sport a second row of teeth? The so-called “Shark Teeth” is a little-known dental condition that can affect up to 7% of doggos around the world.

How to Read Your Dog’s Poop

It's not on any best-seller list, but reading your dog's poop can help determine his health. Here's how to read your dog's poop and understand what it's saying.

How Pets Help With Depression

Depression is a terrible illness that can affect anyone at any time of their life. If you suffer from depression, here's why you should turn to your pet for some TLC.

Pawp’s 24/7 Online Vet Clinic Saves You Money On Vet Bills – Here�

This innovative online vet platform is a great alternative to classic pet insurance – with 24/7 access to licensed veterinarians, access to $3,000 for…

Chlorine or Saltwater Pools: Which is Best for Dogs?

When the days get hot, your dog may want to jump in the pool to cool off. But should you go with chlorine or saltwater in your pool - which option is better for your dog?

Pets Are Getting Heavier With Each Year- And It’s Damaging Their Hea

Over half of all cats and dogs in the United States are overweight, and as a result, many preventable health issues are becoming more common for pets,

Why Do Dogs Circle Before They Lie Down?

Watching your dog try to find a place to relax can make you dizzy! Have you ever wondered why do dogs circle before they lie down?

What The Heck Are Dog Eye Boogers?

They're gross and you've probably had to clean them from your dog's peepers at some point. But what exactly are dog eye boogers and should you be concerned?

Flea And Tick Control: Fact Or Myth?

True or false? When it comes to flea and tick information, lucky guesses just won't cut it. Get the facts on how to control these pests.