TOP 10 CANINE HEALTH PROBLEMS
Dental disease and food related allergies are among the most common canine health problems
in 2015, a Top 10 shift that indicates an increasingly inappropriate, unhealthy
canine pet food diet.
But let's start with 2007. In that year the
Top Ten Canine Health Problems were led by
epilepsy, hip dysplasia and bloat. The bloat, i.e. gastric
torsion, was attributed to soybean and other gas-producing dog food ingredients.
By 2008 veterinary research had expanded the top ten reasons for
Commercial dog food had improved and owners were better educated
gastric torsion (bloat). We began to see more veterinarians go public
with knowledge formerly kept to themselves such as how
over-vaccination (instant info) ii Vaccine Reactions can cause other seemingly unrelated problems.
In 2009, the most expensive canine condition (non-cancerous
tumor) appeared on the top 10 list and at that time, veterinary
visits averaged $335 per visit, while for cats, the
most expensive condition (periodontitis/dental disease) cost an
average of $360 per visit.
cancerous lesions and tumors had moved up the list which
included allergies which also indicate an immune system problem.
Veterinarian began to speculate that malignant tumors were the
direct (at injection site) result of
over-vaccination. Repeated "booster shots" in adults can
break down the immune system, thus opening the door to abnormal
cell replication and malignant growths.
2011 saw an explosion of new vaccines and protocols agreed to and supported by the AVMA and
other veterinary associations. Vaccinosis
in animals had yet to be defined but two of our
Advisory Board veterinarians were speaking out about the
results of over-vaccination. Many veterinary clinics were
beginning to promote doggy dentals while failing to address the
increasing allergy problem.
2012's top ten reasons for going to the veterinarian
were still rotating between ear infections and
allergies which almost always manifest as skin eruptions, instead of sneezing and runny eyes as
in humans), but skin infection/hot spots (almost always caused by
itching and scratching) were on the rise. Heartworm
prevention, a high profit item promoted by all vets has now been recognized as a
common canine allergen but easily treated gastritis/vomiting, enteritis/diarrhea, bladder
infection, arthritis, soft
tissue trauma, non-cancerous tumor and lastly, eye
infection top the list.
Vaccinosis was beginning to be a familiar term.
In 2013, the Top Ten List featured rashes, pustules, and lesions diagnosed as
Ischemic skin disease, again, associated with
overuse of routine
vaccinations. Even more insidious, a new study
revealed a "significant post-vaccination neurological and immune system
damage" which forced Congress to address vaccine-induced autism. If
your dog seems forgetful, disoriented, or starts having convulsions, it may be
neurological vaccine damage, becoming known as VID
ii Vaccine Induced Disease.
In 2014 the top ten reasons for canine vet visits
were skin allergies, ear infections, non-cancerous skin mass, skin infection,
arthritis, upset stomach-vomiting, intestinal upset-diarrhea, dental disease,
bladder or urinary tract disease, and soft tissue trauma (bruise or contusion).
More veterinarians are of the opinion that no vaccine should be "routine" and thankfully
some states have shifted from yearly rabies shots to three or
four-year re-vaccination schedules. Most states now accept
Medical Exemption Forms for rabies vaccine. The
problems related to
heartworm prevention medication now outnumber the cases of heartworm!
By 2015 the Am. Veterinary Medical Assoc. reported
"78% of 1.2 million dogs seen had dental disease and cats were similarly
affected." Most veterinarians would agree that dental disease can only be
caused by diets inappropriate to carnivores. Tooth
cleaning is very profitable for the veterinarian, is usually done by a vet tech,
and must be done under general anesthesia, an added risk your dog does not need!
The good news is, you can
do teeth cleaning at home with a little patience, practice, and preparation.
You can also prevent dental disease by avoiding canned and dry
dog foods that adhere between teeth and along the gum line. Try switching over to "BARF", a bones and raw meat
diet. This diet will reduce the incidence of allergies,
and you should realize a tremendous saving in vet
bills because a natural diet will keep your dog free of dental disease, improve
overall health, and prevent so many costly and time-consuming trips to the vet.
Ask your butcher real raw bones!
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this ii Veterinary Health Checklist Form for your dogs and Take It To The Vet!
For a broader view of why the frequency and seriousness of veterinary visits have increased today, see the display information
at the end of the page, read about Anesthesia and Tooth Cleaning and Ageless Canine Nutrition.
Learn about teeth cleaning without anesthesia and the importance of bones and
American-made raw-hide in this important VIDEO
keeping your dog's teeth clean and healthy. There is much to learn and
makes it easy!
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