Even if nothing is set in stone, there are breeds of dogs that are more likely than others to develop diseases. Here are some of them!
Not all dog breeds are created equal in terms of susceptibility to disease! Here are some dogs that tend to develop illnesses more often than others.
Despite its imposing physique, the Bulldog has predispositions to many diseases, ranging from urinary stones to cancers, through difficult parturitions and growth abnormalities. It is also a dog that does not adapt well to changes in temperature, and quickly has difficulty breathing during sports activities.
When welcoming an animal of this breed into your life, you have to be aware of its physical weaknesses, even if it is an absolutely adorable and affectionate dog.
Despite having a physique that makes him look fragile, the Chihuahua is a dog that lives very long, but not without fairly recurring medical problems, such as dental disease, malformations and heart disease, and many eye conditions.
The Great Dane is very large and imposing, but unfortunately has a fairly limited life expectancy. He can have osteoarthritis, have hip and elbow dysplasia, in addition to Cardiomyopathy, have Wobbler syndrome or panosteitis (inflammation of the bones).
The Japanese Spaniel
The Japanese Spaniel has a good life expectancy but has a number of hereditary medical conditions, such as eye and ear infections, problems during parturition and breathing difficulties. It is also sensitive to heat stroke.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a long-lived dog, but with predispositions to dislocation of the patella and various heart problems, such as mitral endocardiosis (degenerative disease of certain valves of the heart) or even Syndrome upper aerial of the brachycephalic.
The Greyhound is robust but must be well protected from the cold, and check that it does not injure itself while running at full speed! It is also prone to progressive retinal atrophy, Stomach dilation / torsion syndrome, hypothyroidism and hereditary Greyhound polyneuropathy.
The Brussels Griffon
Rustic dog, the Brussels Griffon however tends to coxo-femoral dysplasia, medial dislocation of the patella, respiratory obstruction syndrome, and skin allergies.
Yet a robust dog, the Border Collie is a dog quite often affected by hip dysplasia, eye problems such as retinal atrophy, as well as epilepsy or stomach torsion syndrome.
All these medical predispositions are obviously not inevitable! It is quite possible to have a dog of these breeds that is in excellent health for many years.
And if he does fall ill, veterinary care and proper eating and sports habits can help him lead a good life by your side.
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