Learning About Healthy Pet Living – 3 Common Dog Breeds and What Health Signs to Look Out For
Hello and welcome back to the blog here at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic of WNY! Being a pet parent can be incredibly fulfilling, rewarding, and joyous. However, sometimes an emergency can happen, or our furry little family members develop health issues as they age. Having a good idea of what may be in store down the line is a sensible idea and a way to prevent some health issues.
If you or someone you know is considering a new puppy or adopting a new dog, it’s always vital to understand the specific breed, so that you can be prepared if and when an issue presents itself. Today we wanted to introduce a few of the most popular dog breeds, to shed a bit more light on some of the common ailments they may face, to help readers understand the vast differences between breeds.
Remember, if and when you face an animal emergency, we are always available 24/7, to ensure your pet gets the emergency care it may need. Let’s take a few minutes to learn a bit more about how different dogs face unique challenges.
Three Common Dog Breeds and Their Typical Health Problems
Golden Retrievers are one of America’s most beloved dog breeds and have been since 1991. These lovable pups are smart and affectionate and are as happy to go for a long hike as they are jumping up on your couch and demanding pets.
One common issue seen in Golden Retrievers is hip dysplasia. Around 20% of goldens have shown abnormal or dysplastic hips (the bones don’t come together properly). One way to mitigate the risk of this onsetting is to alter or enhance the type of exercise your dog does, change diet, anti-inflammatory medications, for more mild measures like a healthy lifestyle and weight loss, to more drastic measures like surgery.
Other common ailments for this breed of dog are skin irritation, allergies, and ear infections. These allergies are usually found around the feet, belly, and ears, and typically surface around 1-3 years old. Treatments usually include baths with special soap but you should speak with your regular vet first to make sure there isn’t a larger issue to be treated.
German Shepards are another one of America’s most beloved dog breeds for their intelligence and loyalty. Shepherds were originally bred to herd livestock, so they’re very active dogs that require exercise. This breed is great for people who like to get outdoors.
They can suffer ailments too, though. One common issue is the aforementioned hip dysplasia and arthritis it can lead to. Another one is degenerative myelopathy. Degenerative myelopathy is an untreatable disease that results in progressive paralysis.
Labrador Retrievers are America’s favorite dog breed for their intelligence and sweet nature. Labs are great for families, they’re loyal, gentle, and playful. If you give your lovable pup plenty of daily exercises and a healthy diet, you can probably avoid many of the common ailments that labs suffer.
Common health issues are excessive weight gain for under-exercised dogs (they’re like a vacuum cleaner with loose food) and joint pain associated with it, and the above-mentioned hip and elbow dysplasia. These dogs can also suffer from eye disorders like progressive retinal atrophy, which can lead to blindness.
And if you’re considering adopting a new furry family member, don’t forget to consider mixed breeds! They’re just as lovable and tend to have fewer health complications due to more ethical breeding practices over time. Remember, no matter what breed of dog you choose, always do your homework and speak with your vet about what to keep an eye out for with regards to health complications.
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