General Health Issues in Dog Breed
A big part of a dog’s general wellbeing is their health. Unfortunately, some breeds are more likely to suffer from certain conditions than others. These breeds are: Bulldogs, Beagles, Boxers
However, they’re not the only ones. Before choosing to adopt or buy one of these breeds you should know about the potential health problems they can be born with. Health problems can start affecting dogs while they’re puppies, adolescent dogs or adult dogs.
If you own one of these breeds (including the ones we’ll discuss below) it’s important to be aware of health issues that could affect your dog. Any changes in behaviour or physical appearance should be discussed with your vet.
Tests can rule out or confirm issues and if necessary your veterinarian should recommend a plan to manage the symptoms and reduce complications.
Bloating in Dog Breeds
Dog breeds which are likely to suffer from bloating: Generally, larger breeds such as Great Danes and Saint Bernards.
What happens when a dog suffers from bloating: When the stomach twists and traps gas inside, the dog’s internal organs can suffocate. It’s stomach swell with liquid and gasses as the reaction is caused by the shape of it’s chest.
How to help prevent and deal with bloating in dogs: If you happened to own a giant or large dog breed, it will help to place it’s food in a raised bowl or make use of an elevated feeder. Also it is recommended you check your dog’s stomach, frequently. If it seems swollen or tight a careful examination of your pet can be performed by your local veterinarian.
Hip or Elbow Dysplasia
Dog breeds which are more likely to suffer from hip or elbow dysplasia: Larger dog breeds such as Golden and Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds.
What happens when your dog suffer from hip or elbow dysplasia: The abnormal formation of the hip socket in your dog causes serious pain in your pet will result in hip dysplasia. As a result of hip dysplasia, your dog can suffer from lameness, arthritis and loss of mobility. Elbow dysplasia, which can, also, cause lameness, occurs in the joints of the front legs.
How to help prevent and manage hip dysplasia in dogs: One of the major reason for hip dysplasia in dogs is overfeeding and the other one is lack of regular exercise for your dog.
How to help prevent and manage elbow dysplasia in dogs: Medication and surgery are the two options to treat elbow dysplasia.
Artheritis and Joint Pain in Dog Breeds
Arthritis and joint problems in dogs are not specific any dog breeds. When dogs grow older it is very common for them to experience arthritis and joint problems. The good news is, arthritis and joint problems are usually treatable. Joint problems in dogs, manifesting as lameness, can also occur earlier, especially in larger breeds.
How to help your dog with arthritis and joint pain: Regular exercise, weight management and pain medication can all help manage the condition and reduce the pain.
Common Eye Diseases in Dogs
Dog breeds that suffer from glaucoma and cataracts early in life are: Beagles, Chow Chows and Poodles. – Most other dog breeds will suffer from glaucoma and cataracts later in life as it is part of ageing.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) also known as Progressive Rod and Cone Degeneration (PRCD) in Dog Breeds: This group of eye diseases in dogs can start affecting at an early age, which can eventually lead to blindness in both eyes.
Heart Diseases in Dog Breeds
In general, heart diseases in dogs are not specific to certain breeds or dog sizes. Regular medication is often required to treat the problem. In some cases, exercise should be kept to a minimum.
Congestive heart failure (CHF) in dogs can be caused by dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), mitral valve disease (MVD) and atrioventricular valvular insufficiency (AVVI).
- Dog Breeds that are usually suffer with Atrioventricular Valvular Insufficiency (AVVI) in Dogs: Very common in small to medium sized dog breeds such as Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Miniature and Toy Poodles, Schnauzers, Chihuahuas and Yorkshire Terriers.
- Dog Breeds that are most commonly suffer from Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM): Doberman Pinschers, Great Danes, Boxers and Cocker Spaniels.
- Dog Breeds that are generally affected by Mitral Valve Disease (MVD): More common in smaller breeds e.g. Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers, Pugs and Pomeranians.
Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is another health issue in dogs which can be caused by inherited defects such as aortic stenosis, subaortic stenosis (SAS), tetralogy of fallot (TOF), ventricular septal defects (VSD) and persistent ductus arteriosus (PDA).
- Dog breeds susceptible to Aortic stenosis and SAS: Newfoundlands, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers and Boxers (larger breeds).
- Dog breeds in which TOF likely to occur: Purebred dogs, specifically English Bulldogs and Keeshonds.
- VSD in Dog Breeds: Appears sporadically in many different dog breeds.
- Dog breeds that are most commonly affected by PDA: Maltese, Poodle, Pomeranian, Keeshond, Bichon Frise, Chihuahua and German Shepherd.
Other heart conditions in dog breeds include:
- Tricuspid valve dysplasia: Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds are most likly to suffer from Tricuspid valve dysplasia.
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: It is not common, however most frequently seen in young to middle aged large dog breeds such as Rottweilers, Dalmatians, German Shepherds, Boston Terriers and certain Pointers (males are more susceptible).
Before choosing a dog breed, it is important to learn more about the potential health issues in the dog breed you want to get. If possible, get the medical histories of both parents’ of the pet. It is essential that you choose a dog breed that fits in with your lifestyle.