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.

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?

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.

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.

All About Poison Ivy in Dogs

Poison ivy can be much more than just a pain to your pooch. Here's what you should know about poison ivy in dogs and what to do if your dog comes in contact with it.

How Much Water Should My Pet Be Drinking Throughout the Day?

No matter what time of the year it is, your pet needs to drink a certain amount of water per day in order to say healthy.

Is My Dog Drinking Enough Water?

Slurp, slurp! Keeping hydrated is important - and that goes for dogs. Are you sure your dog is drinking enough water?

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.

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.

Tips On Making Your Home Comfortable For Your Senior Dog

Your dog deserves a comfortable retirement – here’s how to make it golden He’s been by your side for a long time. Even though he’s no…

My Dog Has Skin Tags – Is He Alright?

The truth is, skin tags are normal for dogs and they'll get any number of them throughout the course of their life.

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.

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.

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.

What Pet Parents Need To Know About Reverse Sneezing In Dogs

Before you freak out, you should know that reverse sneezing is fairly common in dogs, and that flat-face breeds are more prone than others.

Tall Tails: Interesting Facts About Dog Tails

A dog's tail serves many purposes, and just one of those is to communicate how he's feeling. Let's talk about the importance of dog tails.

How Long Can You Leave a Dog Alone?

Whether you've got errands to run or you've got to go to work, there are some places your dog can't go. But how long can you leave a dog alone at home for?

How to Perform a DIY Physical Exam on Your Dog

You know your dog better than anyone. Employ a hands-on approach when it comes to your dog's health in between regular veterinarian appointments.

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?

8 Scratchy Tips About Ticks

In order to defeat your enemy, you must know your enemy. And for your dog, that means you need to be an expert about all things tick related.

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?

How Second-Hand Smoke Affects Your Dog

Need another good reason to quit smoking? That nasty habit could be killing your dog! You probably already know the dangers of second-hand smoke for infants…

Dogs and Chocolate: Why The Two Don’t Mix

Death by Chocolate isn't the name of a dessert - it's a reality for canines. Here's why dogs and chocolate don't mix and what to do if your pup eats it.

Seasonal Allergies Bring Scratches and Sniffles in Our Pets

Pets can react to seasonal allergies. Unusually warmer temperatures this season mean more allergic reactions, and experts offer professional suggestions.

Everything You Need to Know About Ear Mites in Dogs

Just as nasty as ticks and fleas, ear mites can cause just as many problems for your dog. Know what to watch for and how to get rid of ear mites in dogs.

Why Does My Dog Have a Runny Nose?

Does your dog have a runny nose? Although it's not usually a serious issue, you should know why this can happen.

Head Pressing in Dogs: Should You Be Concerned?

It sounds like a harmless behavior, but head pressing in dogs can point to something more serious. Here's what to watch out for and how to treat it.

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.

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.

How To Stop Stinky Dog Farts

Urgh! What's that smell? We've been blaming rotten smells on the dog for many years, but what can you do if you've got a legitimate problem with dog farts?

Can Dogs Get Pimples?

Does Spot has spots he shouldn't have? Dogs can get those annoying pimples, and while not a threat to his health, they can be irritating to his skin.

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.

Dogs Panting: Why Does Your Pooch Do It?

Tongue hanging out; drool hitting the floor - they're the telltale signs of dogs panting. Your pooch does it when he's hot, as well as other reasons.

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.

Why Do Your Dog’s Paws Smell Like Corn Chips?

Have you noticed a certain smell in the air after your dog licks his paws? We looked into why a dog's paws emit a corn chip scent - here's what we found.

Vets Warn: Dry Drowning Is a Risk for Dogs, Too

Want to take your pooch to the beach for some summer fun? Read this first. Sunny days on the beach, frozen treats, and vacation time– what’s no…

5 Vet-Approved Tips For Buying Safe Dog Treats

In the wake of recent dog deaths and illnesses, Dr. Liz Hanson offers tips on choosing safe treats Yesterday, we told you about how nearly 600 pets have died…

Are Dogs Colorblind?

We've all heard that dogs are colorblind, but is it true? Let's take a look at this popular belief, and if it really holds true.

Take The Itch Out Of These Common Dog Allergies

Let's go over the most common dog allergies you'll come across, what kind of symptoms you can expect to see and what you can do about them.

Why Are Small Breed Dogs Susceptible to Tooth Loss?

Did you know that small breed dogs are susceptible to tooth loss? Here's what you should keep an eye on if you have a petite pooch.

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!

Do Dogs Cry?

Have you ever seen a dog's eyes well up with tears? Do dogs cry, and if so, can they feel emotions that can make them sad?

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.

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,

Pet Blood Donation: Giving The Gift Of Life To Man’s Best Friends

There's a critical need for pet blood donation across the country; find out how your pet can help give the gift of life!

Dog Snorting: Why It Happens and What to Do About It

It's kind of cute when a dog snorts and sneezes. Some breeds can't help but snort or sneeze often. Here's what you should know about dog snorting.

How to Treat a Dog’s Dry Nose

We all know that a wet dog nose means a healthy pooch. But how do you treat a snout that's gone dry? Here are a few things you can try.

What Information Does Your Dog’s New Veterinarian Need?

If you want to make sure your first trip to a new vet goes smoothly, you'll need to update the doc on all your dog's vital stats and background.

4 Smile-Worthy Common Doggy Dental Myths

Do any of these myths about a dog’s dental health sound familiar to you? Many dog parents don’t realize the importance of providing basic dental…

What’s All the Controversy Around Hybrid Vigor in Dogs?

From breeders to pet parents, it seems like everyone has an opinion about hybrid vigor. But what is it and is it a good or bad thing?

Taking a Bite Out Of Gingivitis in Dogs

Did you know that most dogs will suffer from gum disease during their life? Here's how you can help stop gingivitis in dogs.

99 Lives Project Uses Cat Genome Sequencing To Shed Light On Human Dis

University of Missouri researchers believe that the genetic makeup of cats may help identify new treatments for humans suffering from allergies, asthma, diab…

Can I Put Vaseline on My Dog?

Does your dog have dry or irritated skin? You may be wondering, can I put Vaseline on my dog? Read on to learn if it's safe for your pooch.

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.

Do Dogs Feel Empathy?

At times, there are moments when you think that your dog knows exactly how you feel. But are dogs really capable of feeling empathy?

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…

Do You Lift a Leg When Your Dog is Stung by Jellyfish?

You've heard that when someone gets stung by a jellyfish, you pee on the wound. But what do you do when it happens to your dog?

Unleash The Hero In Your Dog By Donating Canine Blood

Did you know that your dog can donate blood? It’s true! Here’s why letting your dog donate blood can save the lives of countless pets. Its summer…

Canine Malocclusion: Dogs With Underbites

Dogs with underbites have a certain look - it gives them a stern yet adorable demeanor. Known as canine malocclusion, here's what you need to know.

Top 10 Daily Toxins That Can Harm Your Dog

Your pet is a living being that can succumb to toxins in the environment we don't even think about. Here's what they are and how to get rid of them.

The Buzz About How Mosquitoes Can Sabotage Your Dog’s Health

Mosquitoes are pests – not just to humans, but to dogs as well. But did your know that a bite from this insect can cause more than just an itchy annoya…