All dogs need regular physicals and dental checkups to make sure that their teeth, gums and little, furry bodies are operating the way they should be. The truth is, some breeds are just naturally prone to certain medical issues. Here are 10 breeds and the health concerns that all pet parents should watch out for.
Bulldogs are brave warriors and, as such, tend to wear themselves out with exercise. However, due to small nostrils and a narrow trachea, bulldogs are prone to breathing troubles and heat sensitivity. Therefore, it is vital to avoid allowing this breed to exercise vigorously. You also shouldn’t leave bulldogs outside for long periods of time.
Pugs are quite cute with their squishy little faces. However, their bugged-out eyes can cause a big health scare as they can become dislocated rather easily. This is called eye proptosis, and it may happen if a dog belonging to this breed falls or gets into a fight with another animal. If this happens, call your vet immediately. A quick response is needed to protect the dog's eyesight.
Beagles with their cute, floppy ears are actually prone to frightening seizures brought on by a brain disorder known as epilepsy. While this condition is not curable, it is treatable with regular prescription medicine from your vet.
Should your pet experience a seizure, gently glide them away from any harmful area like the stairs. Avoid placing anything near your pet's mouth. Speak in a soft, soothing tone to reassure and help relax them, and call the vet as soon as the seizure is over.
4. German Shepherds
Large dogs can be prone to a health problem called hip dysplasia, where the ball and socket of the hip joint just don’t fit together well. This can lead to pain and arthritis that you’ll likely notice as problems with your dog’s walking.
5. Labrador Retrievers
This breed is prone to becoming overweight, which can lead to several health problems. Unlike bulldogs, Labrador retrievers actually require intense exercise. To keep their weight in check, avoid giving this breed table food. Instead, reward them with fresh carrots or apples, and consult with your vet for specific diet advice for your pet.
6. Siberian Huskies
Siberian Huskies are prone to immune conditions that can lead to facial hair loss and sores. They are also prone to glaucoma and cataracts, which can affect their vision. These conditions can be managed with prescription corticosteroids.
7. Shih Tzus
This breed is prone to patellar luxation, a condition that leads a knee joint to become dislocated. You may notice your pet seems to wobble or limp upon walking. Generally, the knee may return to its proper position without treatment. However, surgery may be required to prevent further problems.
This breed is at a high risk for lymphoma and cancerous tumors. You might feel a lump on the dog's body. Cancer can be effectively treated if found early. Therefore, when petting or grooming your pet, take care to also regularly check this breed for unusual lumps or bumps.
Affectionately and ubiquitously known as hot dogs, dachshunds are prone to back problems due to their long spines. To limit back strain, avoid allowing dachshunds to become overweight. Also discourage them from jumping onto or off of furniture. Instead, pick them up or furnish them with comfy pet beds as alternate options.
10. Doberman Pinschers
Sleek, shiny Dobermans appear invulnerable to harm. However, they are prone to an invisible condition known as dilated cardiomyopathy in which the heart isn't able to pump blood effectively. This breed should be screened yearly for heart conditions so that medication can be prescribed to improve heart function.
Is your pet experiencing any of the health problems above, or do you have any further questions? If so, please feel free to contact Barfield Animal Hospital. We promise to provide compassionate care for your pet.