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A prescription is readily available that will absolutely improve your dog's quality of life, and all a pet parent needs to do is fill it and simply administer the medicine, a leading veterinarian says.

This mysterious wonder drug that will better your pet's health can be given every day in regular doses.

The medication is: Your state of mind.

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A pet parent needs to stop worrying so much about their dog suffering a major illness or debilitating accident and pay more attention to common ailments like ear, skin and stomach problems, according to Carol McConnell, chief veterinary medical officer for Veterinary Pet Insurance.

The fear of catastrophic disease is causing too many pet parents to overlook chronic conditions that are far more likely to require veterinary treatment and can ruin a dog's quality of life, Dr. McConnell says.

"Pet owners have a tendency to fear major accidents and illnesses - car crash injuries or cancer - but a chronic condition can be just as detrimental to a pet's quality of life and financially burdensome to treat," Dr. McConnell states in a media release.
To emphasize the point, Veterinary Pet Insurance did a study of the top 10 reasons for a dog to visit a veterinarian, and no major diseases or illnesses made the list.

The top reasons for visits to veterinarian's office are skin allergy, first, and ear infection, second, according to a review of insurance claims made by pet parents to VPI in 2013.
"The large number of claims received for these medical conditions attests to their often repetitive or chronic nature," Dr. McConnell said. "A dog with allergies, for example, will most likely require continuing care."

Rounding out the top 10 list put together by VPI are: non-cancerous skin growth, third; skin infection, fourth; arthritis, fifth; upset stomach/vomiting, sixth; intestinal upset/diarrhea, seventh; periodontitis/dental disease, eighth; bladder infection and urinary tract disease, ninth; bruise or contusion, 10th.

Most of the top ailments will cause a noticeable change in the behavior or appearance of a pet, Dr. McConnell said. She advises pet parents to do a daily inspection a pet's eyes, ears, and skin. A pet who has lumps, sores, unusual odor or a drastic change in behavior should be immediately examined by a veterinarian.

If left untreated, any of the top 10 conditions could lead to serious health problems, Dr. McConnell said. She also recommends that pets have semiannual physical exams, which can help diagnose problems early or prevent illness in some cases.

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To prevent some of the discomfort that so many pets experience from common diseases, the place to start would be by checking them regularly for developing problems,” McConnell states. “Many of the conditions on our Top 10 list each year can be stopped early or successfully managed in partnership with a veterinarian.”


The Ruff Report is a column that appears on, a blog written by Joseph A. Reppucci, a retired editor from The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Massachusetts. Mr. Reppucci worked as a reporter and editor on major daily newspapers in the Boston area for more than 30 years. He is the author of the book, The Hunt of Her Life, a heartwarming story about his once-in-a-lifetime rescue dog. Find it on and


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