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There are several different health problems that affect the Labrador retriever throughout their life. Some are easy to spot and others may go undiagnosed until it's too late to really help the dog. It would be nice if all dogs were the same so we would always know what to expect. Unfortunately, this is not the case as many of the health ailments the Labrador retriever (as well as other dogs) develops are hereditary. This answers many of the questions about why one Labrador is perfectly healthy and another got seriously ill in his or her lifetime. [...]
The Bouvier des Flandres is a relatively healthy dog with few health issues. One problem that does affect many Bouvier des Flandres is Atopic Dermatitis. Atopic Dermatitis is a skin disease caused by a dog's allergic reaction to something such as pollen, fleas, or even food allergies. When the Bouvier is a victim of Atopic Dermatitis, the skin becomes rough, itchy, and oozing with fluid. This is caused by the immune system's reactions to the different allergens. It has not been determined if Atopic Dermatitis is inherited from one parent or the other. [...]
When raising a Great Dane in your home, there are some illnesses that you should know about. Having a short life span is one of the most negative aspects of the Great Dane breed. Their life span usually ranges from seven to ten years. The most common health problems that the Great Dane faces are gastric torsion or bloat, heart diseases, and some types of cancers. There can be varying factors that can result to an unhealthy Great Dane. Improper diet, infections, and false pregnancies among others are just some of the factors that can lead to a serious or simple illness that happens to most Great Danes. [...]
The Bullmastiff is a very large and strong dog, but like all dogs is prone to some health issues - specifically eye disorders. Although this does not mean all Bullmastiffs will develop these eye disorders, they are more prone to them than other breeds of dog. [...]
Many dog owners get a dog and feel all they need to do is go out and buy dog food and they're all set to go. Often, they choose the cheapest dog food on the market, especially if it's for a large breed of dog like the Bullmastiff. Because of their large size and equally large appetite, they are going to be expensive to feed. To maintain their good health, however, it's important to always feed your Bullmastiff a good and nutritionally balanced diet. It may seem expensive at the start, but it will add to their lifespan and save on vet bills in the future. [...]
If you're considering getting a Bullmastiff, it is very important that you know what you are getting in this dog. Hopefully, he'll be with you for a very long time, so you want to make a choice that will make you both happy with each other. After all, there is nothing more rewarding than the bond between a dog and his owner. [...]
For those who seek to own a Bull Terrier, it would be prudent to know the common health issues associated with this breed. The owner of a Bull Terrier may have to deal with these health issues on a day-to-day basis and also make preparations in case they occur in the future. A Bull Terrier's lifespan may range from 10-12 years, but it may live longer if the owner is conscious of the serious health issues that may put his Bull Terrier at risk. Diseases in dogs may occur because of trauma, infection, immune system abnormalities, genetics, or degenerative conditions. The following are health issues that are commonly related to a Bull Terrier. [...]
As easy as the bulldog is to keep healthy, the one problem that the bulldog can suffer from is overheating. Although heat is hard on all dogs, the bulldog in particular cannot stand the heat. The main cooling method of dogs is panting to get rid of body heat. Dogs with a short nose such as bulldogs have a more difficult time panting to keep cool. [...]
If you have a female British Bulldog and you are planning to use her for breeding, there are some important details that you need to be aware of. As it is, breeding is a very large step for the dog and the dog owner and requires a lot of care and knowledge. Although giving birth is considered part of nature, there are always circumstances where the natural process may go wrong. This is especially true with the bulldogs, which often have to give birth by caesarian sections. In fact, 90% of pregnancies in bulldogs results in caesarian births. [...]
As with all dogs, there are certain health problems that the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is prone to developing. Hip Dysplasia is one of those problems. Many large breed dogs are susceptible to hip Dysplasia. [...]
Cocker spaniels are well known for their long, pendulous ears covered with hair. While they are a very attractive feature of the dog, they require a lot of care to prevent problems such as ear infections. Ear infections can be quite painful, and without treatment can permanently damage the ears. In this article, we'll take a look at how you can help prevent ear infections and what treatment is available to cure them.
The major cause of ear infections in Cocker spaniels is not enough air circulation around the ear canal, which can make them extremely moist and much easier for an infection to start. You can check for signs of an ear infection by lifting up the ear and checking for red skin, a "cheesy" odor or any sign of discharge. [...]
Epilepsy and seizures are the bane of many Vizslas existence. Some dogs are more susceptible to the condition than others, and great amounts of research and money has gone into finding the source of it and discovering cures for it. The Vizsla is an incredibly energetic pointer and retriever due to its historical experience but epilepsy is an incredibly common feature of the breed likely because of that same history. [...]
Health problems can be passed down to dogs from their parents just like human children can inherit health problems from their parents. For the Kooikerhondje breed this is a real concern because they have a small gene pool. This makes them an easy target for such genetic conditions. Breeders try very hard to reduce or eliminate diseases and problems such as cataracts, epilepsy, patella luxation, and Von Willebrand's disease through tests and selective breeding. Breeders are taking these steps to ensure the health of the Kooikerhondje breed. Let's look at why this is so important. [...]
The Japanese Chin is a fairly healthy dog with few health problems. With good care, the Chin can live from 12 to 14 years. As is the case with most dogs, some health problems seem to affect some dogs more than others do. With the Japanese Chin, the problem can be breathing difficulties.
Dyspnea is a form of respiratory (breathing) distress that often affects the Japanese Chin. There are different causes for dyspnea such as heart disease, heart failure, infection, trauma, fluid or bleeding in the lungs, or chest or lung disease. [...]
The Japanese Chin has many characteristics that make them unique from other dogs. One of these characteristics is their bulging oversized eyes. Although these eyes may look cute and give the Chin a unique look, they are also responsible for causing the dog health problems.
There are a couple of problems the Japanese Chin is affected by due to these oversized eyes. Because of the large size of the eyes, they extend out of the socket further than they should. This makes it very easy for the eye to be scratched in any number of ways. [...]