The idea of something being wrong with our dogs is something that most of us absolutely dread and avoid thinking about as much as possible. However, the reality is that dogs can have problems in the same way that people can and often they can be dealt with pretty easily. Even if the issue with your dog is more serious, the very worst thing that you can do is to ignore it. Sure, it can be tempting to bury your head in the sand when presented with a problem, but the wellbeing of your dog is simply too important to ignore, no matter how frustrating a certain problem might be. Of course, if you want to deal with a problem with your dog, then you’ve first got to be able to actually identify it. With that in mind, here are some ways that you can stop some of the most common problems that your furry friend might have.

Pests

Dog Pests and Fleas

Pests might be the most common problem for just about any dog. Luckily, they’re also not that big of a deal. The best way to spot them is to keep an eye out for your dog scratching or even chewing at themselves. That’s a clear sign that there’s something under their fur that’s bothering them. Sure, the idea of having a dog with fleas can be kind of worrying. After all, no one wants an infestation of tiny unwanted guests in their home. However, most fleas can’t survive for long away from your dog’s body so being able to keep them clear is the vast majority of the battle. Using products like Pet-Lock can help to deal with fleas and ticks incredibly effectively, and if you’re worried about your home, then there are plenty of home cleaning options available to you.

Joint pain

Seeing your beloved pet in pain can be incredibly upsetting and stressful for many people, but joint pain is actually pretty common in many breeds of dog, especially as they get older. Whether it’s something like arthritis or simply how their joints have formed, it’s not uncommon for dogs to slow down as they get older or to have trouble doing things that they previously found easy. Pay attention to whether or not they’re struggling to get up and down the stairs, or if they’re slowing down a lot more on their walks. It might not be something serious, but if it seems like your dog is having a tougher time getting around these days, it’s worth getting them checked out at the very least. Most vets can prescribe pain relief for them, as well as suggesting more permanent methods of potential treatment like surgery.

Digestive issues

Dog Diet and Digestive Issues

Just like humans, dogs can be pretty sensitive to what goes into their bodies. Although, you wouldn’t know that from watching most of them eat. Dogs will munch down on just about anything and if you’re not careful they could end up eating something that doesn’t agree with them. Digestive issues are pretty easy to spot. However, it can also be pretty unpleasant when you do. After all, the best way to stop digestive problems is to pay attention to what comes out of your dog’s rear end. Everything from the consistency to the smell can give you an indication of what their digestive health is like. If they’re having issues, then it might be worth looking at different dietary options or consulting the vet about what you should be feeding them.

Stress

It might seem as though stress should be a pretty foreign concept to a dog. After all, what do they have to be stressed about? They get to spend all of their time either eating, sleeping, or playing. It sounds like a dream life! However, dogs can become stressed very easily, especially if they’re in new places or around new people. It’s incredibly important that you learn to recognize the signs of stress in your furry friend so that you can help to calm them down. The first thing to look at is their body language. Are they hunched over with their ears low to their head? This could be an indicator that they’re stressed or scared about something. Other signs are whimpering, chattering teeth, or becoming disturbed and tense in their movements. The next thing to pay attention to is what it is that’s actually causing them to act this way. It could be new people, new places, loud noises, or a whole host of other factors. The best thing that you can do is to be as calm as possible and speak softly around them. If you’re calm, they’re much more likely to feel calm.

A fear of you leaving

Dog With Separation Anxiety

Just because you get a dog, doesn’t mean that you’re going to put your entire life on hold. However, being left alone all day can be pretty upsetting for any dog and a lot of the time they can be extremely vocal about this whenever you leave. Howling or barking for long periods of time is not only going to make life harder for your dog but it could get you in pretty serious trouble with your neighbors as well. Make sure to check in with your neighbors to see if they’ve heard anything when you leave the house and if they have, try to work on acclimating your dog to the fact that they might be home alone every once in awhile by leaving the radio on, giving them things to play with, and having a consistent daily routine.

Looking at this list of problems all laid out, it can feel as though owning a dog is just a cavalcade of misery and stress but that simply isn’t the case. Owning a dog is one of the best and most rewarding things in the world, and you’ll be so happy that you decided to do it. However, if you want to provide the very best home for your faithful friend, then you’ve got to be able to help them when they need you. Just like people, dog’s lives aren’t always sunshine and rainbows, and it’s your duty to be there for them to provide the right kind of help and support whenever they need you.