Dr. Joanna Bronson

Certain dog breeds are more susceptible to health problems due to their genetic makeup, however, many common health problems can be prevented or at least controlled through diligent preventive health care.

According to a top veterinary pet insurance company, the most common medical conditions that face dogs during their lifetimes are:

  • Skin allergies / infections
  • Periodontitis / dental disease
  • Ear infections
  • Diarrhea / intestinal upset
  • Bladder or urinary tract infections
  • Non-cancerous skin masses
  • Arthritis
  • Soft tissue / bone trauma

This column will deal with skin allergies / infections and periodontal disease.

Skin allergies can be frustrating for both pets and their owners. Continual itching causes scratching which can lead to skin infections.

The most likely causes of allergies stem from flea and mite reactions, bacterial skin infections (often caused by scratching), fungal skin infections, and food and environmental allergies.

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