Health Issues And Conditions In Specific Dog Breeds


Health Issues And Conditions In Specific Dog Breeds


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.

They’re not the only ones, however. Listed below are some health conditions you should be aware of before choosing to adopt a particular breed of dog. It’s also good to bear in mind these can start affecting dogs when they’re puppies, adolescents or adult dogs.

Condition – Bloat

Breeds:
Great Danes, Saint Bernards and other giant- and large breeds

Prevention/Attention:

  • Place food in raised bowl/use elevated feeder
  • Regularly check dog’s stomach for tightness or swelling

Condition – Hip/Elbow Dysplasia

Breeds:
Golden- and Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds and other large breeds

Prevention/Attention:

  • Avoid overfeeding
  • Ensure regular exercise

Condition – Arthritis/Joint Pain

Breeds:
Not breed specific

Prevention/Attention:

  • Weight management
  • Exercise
  • Pain management

Condition – Eye Diseases

Breeds:
Beagles, Chow Chows and Poodles (*Early in life)
All breeds (*Later in life, it’s part of aging)

  • Glaucoma/Cataracts*
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) AKA Progressive Rod and Cone Degeneration (PRCD) – can start affecting dogs at an early age

Condition – Heart Diseases

Breeds:
Not breed specific

Prevention/Attention:

  • Regular medication
  • Restricting exercise in some cases

Click below to find out more about these conditions and how you can help your dog cope.

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