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“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” — Groucho Marx

For many people their pets are a four-legged member of the family. Their health matters and we want them to live the longest life they can possibly live. Prior to picking out your pet you should know some issues they may have later on in their lives. This week I am going to focus on dogs' health and explain problems for a few different breeds.

One of the more common dogs that people own in Columbus are Labrador retrievers. These active dogs can become lazy quickly, which can make them overweight. Labs are prone to obesity, which can lead to other health problems. They need daily exercise. If your dog is prone to begging at dinnertime, give them something healthy to eat like fruits or vegetables.

Another breed that is common in Columbus is the Chihuahua. Granted they can be yippy and temperamental, but they can have a serious health issue also. These pint-sized pups can have a collapsed trachea. This is a common problem and some dogs live their whole life with no issues. Some dogs may need surgery to fix it. A sign that they have it is if they make a honking noise when they get excited.

Huskies can have an autoimmune disorder. This disorder can lead to eye problems and hair loss. The eye problems could lead to glaucoma or cataracts. This is treatable with corticosteroid shots.

Dogs with shorter snouts like bulldogs, French bulldogs and pugs can have repertory issues. These dogs have a greater tendency to snoring. They can get overheated quicker, which can lead to life-threatening emergencies. Pugs can also have their eyes pop out of their sockets. This can happen when it fights with other dogs.

This list of dogs could go on and on. Other issues that dogs can suffer from are hip dysplasia, cherry eyes, epilepsy and diabetes. Hip dysplasia is more common in larger breed dogs. It is when the thighbone doesn’t fit snuggly in the hip joint. Cherry eye is when a gland under the third eyelid protrudes out, appearing to be a cherry in the corner of the eye. Epilepsy is just like in humans, as is diabetes. These all can be monitored and treated.

If we want our dogs to live long, healthy lives, we need to look for illness and take them to the vets for yearly checkups. You do it for yourself and your children, so why not for your furry friend?

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Columbus Animal Control Lead Officer Shawn Flowers can be reached at or 402-564-8839.


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