How to Keep Your Dog Fit and Healthy

Taking care of a dog you've sheltered in your yard: common dog health problems

An important note for dog owners

Keeping your dog in shape is a lot of work. They enjoy spending time outside and running around; however, this can take a toll on their body if they aren’t careful. Dogs are pack animals, so they love being indoors with people as well. It’s important to have both yard space and time for them to play together to keep them happy and healthy. Here are some common health problems that many dogs face, along with some ways to prevent or treat them.


Dogs, like people, can suffer from anxiety and stress. However, they are also very curious and playful, two things that can easily turn into hyperactivity if they aren’t given outlets for their natural behaviors. Hyperactivity can cause stress and lead to a number of other health problems. Dogs that are too hyperactive tend to be overly excited, and they can become very aggressive when they are in this state. They can also have an increased risk of contracting diseases that are spread through contact, such as boredom-related behavior issues. A solution to this problem is to create a schedule for your dog’s day so that he knows when he can be active and when he should be remaining calm.


Obesity is a major problem in dogs, and it’s also one that is very common. Obesity in dogs can cause a variety of health problems, including joint pain and arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancers. Obesity is often a result of overfeeding your dog. If you don’t have a schedule for their food, and you don’t make sure that they’re eating the proper amount of food at each meal, you’re likely to end up with an overweight dog. Some breeds are naturally more likely to be overweight than others, including cocker spaniels, dachshunds, and shih tzus. There are a few ways to combat this problem, as well as ways to prevent it in the first place. You should set limits and boundaries around what your dog can eat, especially if he has compulsive eating habits. Avoid feeding your dog after a certain time of night, as this is often when they’re looking for food. Finally, make sure that you’re keeping track of your dog’s food intake.

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Diabetes is a major health problem in dogs, especially if your dog isn’t overweight or if you have a specific breed that is at a higher risk, such as Shih Tzu, Yorkshire terrier, or dachshunds. Diabetes is caused by a disease of the pancreas. The pancreas produces insulin, a hormone that helps your cells absorb nutrients and glucose from the food you eat. Insulin can be either too much or too little, and if your dog’s pancreas isn’t producing enough insulin, they become diabetic. However, if your dog’s pancreas is producing too much insulin, your dog becomes diabetic. There are a few ways to prevent or combat diabetes in your dog. Some breeds are more likely to develop diabetes than others, such as Shih Tzus, dachshunds, whippets, and cocker spaniels. You can also try to keep your dog at a healthy weight, as excess body weight is often a contributor to developing diabetes.

More details here: Canine Diabetes


Blindness is a very serious health problem that is also common in dogs. It’s caused by a condition of the eyes, and it can lead to a number of complications. Blindness can cause your dog to have a decreased sense of smell, as well as an increased risk of injuries and accidents. It can also lead to problems with urinary and digestive system issues. There are a few ways to keep your dog’s eyes healthy and prevent blindness. Make sure that they are getting fresh, clean water as often as you give them food. Also keep an eye on your dog’s eyes and check for any red or yellow spots. If you notice any of these things, take your dog to the vet.

Skin Issues

Skin issues are very common in dogs and can be caused by a number of different factors. One of the most common is fleas. Fleas can lead to a number of issues, including allergies and infections. Thyroid issues are also very common in dogs, and they can cause a number of other health problems. Finally, a common skin problem that you might notice in your dog is acne. It’s caused by a number of factors, including a poor diet, hormonal imbalances, and a buildup of bacteria on your dog’s skin. There are a few ways to keep your dog’s skin healthy and prevent many of these issues. Make sure that they’re getting enough exercise and that you’re keeping their diet as balanced as possible. You can also try to limit the amount of time that you spend with your dog outdoors.

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In Conclusion

Keeping your dog fit is a lot of work, but it can be done with a little dedication. You need to have both yard space and time for them to play together to keep them happy and healthy. There are several common health problems that dogs face, including obesity, diabetes, blindness, skin issues, and more. There are also ways to prevent or combat these problems, as well as ways to keep your dog’s skin healthy and their diet balanced.

Reyus Mammadli/ author of the article

I have had pets since childhood: cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, geese, chickens, ducks, parrots, aquarium fish and dogs (in the yard). Of course, I constantly encountered diseases of pets and treated them. Glad to be able to share my skills and experience, as well as advice on caring for and adapting these critters and birds.

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