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What's the Most Common Health Problem for Dogs?

The Banfield Pet Hospital in Portland, Ore., the world's largest veterinary practice, just released its State of Pet Health report, helping pet owners identify and prevent common health problem in cats (and more importantly) dogs.

Obsesity is the standout problem from pups, but Arthritis has also increased significantly in the past five years, according to the report. Canine arthritis has one up some 38 percent and other dogs have had problems with high blood pressure and diabetes.

All of these, the study suggests, have to do directly is the weight issues. Almost half of dogs with arthritis--the report analyzed data from the 2 million dogs at over 800 hospitals--were obese.

Ear infections are also common in dogs, with 18 percent of mature adults hitting the hospital with the sometimes serious problem. Matching the ear problems in commonality is Nuclear Sclerosis, an aging-related eye condition that is similar to cataracts, which is experienced by almost 20 percent of mature dogs.

These chronic diseases are on the rise but the study also suggests that owners might not be completely aware of how to prevent or spot the problems. Only 36 percent of dog owners said they would take their pet to see a vet to manage such a condition.

What do you think is the most common health problem in gun dogs? How do you ensure your dog stays healthy?

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