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Pet health information

Welcome to our ever expanding pages on health and your pet. In the links below you will find a number of articles written by experts on health problems that may impact on your dog's life. 

The Kennel Club is not a veterinary organisation, so if you would like more information on any of the items below, then we recommend you speak to your local veterinary practice. If you have not yet registered with a veterinary practice, you can find the details of local veterinary practices here.

Alabama rot
Alabama rot is a very rare, potentially life-threatening disease that blocks and damages the blood vessels in a dog’s skin and kidneys.

Anal Gland Impaction
They're not the stuff of dinner party conversations, but knowing how to spot a problem could save your dog a lot of misery.
It can be as uncomfortable for our dogs as it is in humans - but there are ways of managing the disease to ease your pet's pain.
Bee and wasp stings
Dogs are typically stung on their paws or around the face and usually only develop minor pain, irritation or swelling. Most stings can be managed at home, but some cases can be more serious.
Bloat / Gastric Dilation Volvulus
Gastric torsion, or Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) Syndrome, means twisting of the stomach, which usually occurs because the stomach has become filled with gas.
Brachycephalic Health
Dogs with a flat, wide shaped head are said to be brachycephalic. Although the shape of the head can make these dogs look very appealing, dogs with a very flat and short muzzle may have a higher risk of developing certain health issues associated with these features.
Broken Bones
Broken bones may occur for many reasons. Learn more about ways to spot a breakage and about the different types of fractures.
Cancer means an abnormal growth of cells and, unfortunately, it's a common disease of all dogs.
Canine Parvovirus
Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious and very serious disease that is often deadly if left untreated.

Since the outbreak of coronavirus (now known as COVID-19), health organisations have been working tirelessly to improve our understanding of this new virus, and provide us with information and advice on how we can protect ourselves and our pets.

Dental Care
Gum disease is probably the most common problem that affects a dog's mouth, but there are ways to help prevent it.
Owning a dog is mostly fun and stress-free, however, when things go wrong, what should you do? How do you even know if it's an emergency?
Epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder in dogs, affecting between 0.6% and 0.7% of the UK population.
Eye emergencies
Eye injuries can be common and may include damage to the eye itself, or to the parts around the eye (i.e. Eyelids, tear glands etc.).
It is important to kill fleas quickly before their life cycle can be completed and an infestation develops..
Grass Seeds injuries
Injuries by grass seeds are an extremely common seasonal problem, and can cause dogs much discomfort if they are not removed and, if recommended by your vet, treated.
Long Nails
Just like your nails, your dog’s claws are constantly growing. Long claws can make it uncomfortable and awkward for your dog to walk and is one of the top five most common disorders affecting dogs in the UK.
A type of parasitic worm which lives in the heart and major blood vessels of the lung,and often cause dogs potentially serious problems.
Mange and Mites
Mange is the infestation of a dog's skin by tiny mites that usually result in hair loss and itching. There are various types of mange caused by different mites that have different effects.
Obesity - or excessive body fat resulting in an overweight condition - is sadly an extremely common and preventable problem affecting our pets, with more and more cases seen every year.
Otits Externa
This common ear condition can be uncomfortable and very painful, and if left untreated, may require surgery to treat. Otitis externa can affect any dog, regardless of their age or breed, although it may be more likely to occur in long-eared dogs, such as spaniels, retrievers, or dogs with very hairy ears.
When we talk about poisons many people automatically think of dangerous chemicals such as cyanide or strychnine, but forget about substances that are more commonplace, such as plant leaves that cause skin irritation, or smoke from a cigarette.
One of the most well-known and serious life-threatening conditions of the womb for any bitch to endure.
Senior Dogs
As they get older, like us, dogs are less able to do the things they used to and become more vulnerable to infections. There are many ways owners can make their dogs feel more comfortable and make life a little easier for them in their old age.
Small parasitic creatures that require a host to feed from and to breed. They spread infectious disease to both pets and people.
Dogs can be sick for a number of reasons and it’s important to know the difference between when to look after your dog at home and when to speak to your vet for advice..
Water safety for dogs
As the weather warms up and we head into summer, you may be thinking of going to the beach or taking your dog on a walk near a lake. It’s important that you are aware of water safety for both you and your dog.
In the early stages of infection, it is very difficult to know your dog has worms, as they remain hidden inside your pet’s gut.
Information Guides
A collection of guides designed to provide owners and breeders with key information and advice about a range of issues that may arise during their dog's lifetime.