Pricey Pets: Dog Breeds With Inherited Health Problems

The following is a guest post by Susan Wells. Susan is from insurance quotes, she writes on topics including health/car/life insurance, mortgage, real estate.

Great DaneAdopting a breed of dog that suits your lifestyle is important. Many dog hopefuls spend months researching different dog breeds, examining what their temperaments are like, what climates they thrive in, their expected lifespan, and more. One thing that is also worth considering when researching dog breeds is their health status. Health issues in animals can be expensive, stressful, and heartbreaking. Some dog breeds suffer from certain health disorders and diseases that are inherent in that specific breed. If your heart is set on one specific breed of dog, if may be wise to educate yourself on any genetic health problems that breed may be more prone to. Educating yourself on these health issues may be the key to keeping your loving companion healthy and happy (while also avoiding any unneeded vet bills). These three popular dog breeds suffer from several different genetic conditions that their owners should be aware of.

Great Dane

Great Danes are a beautiful breed full of life and excitement. As one of the largest breeds, Great Danes are a popular choice for their unique body structure and loving personality. Partly due to the Great Dane’s large size, they commonly suffer from several different genetic disorders primarily in the heart, eyes, and ears. Harlequin Great Danes suffer from Retinal Displacement, which is a type of retinal deformation that can cause small blind areas in the dog’s vision. This impairment can lead to further vision problems, but is rarely life threatening. Great Danes are also commonly born deaf. While this is also non-life threatening, it can be quite alarming for owners who are uneducated on the problem. More seriously, Danes may suffer from Mitral Valve defects in their heart. This defect can cause blood leaks in the left atrium of the heart. Signs of this issue include difficulty breathing, tiring quickly, or fainting. While there is no cure for this condition, it can be managed with a special diet, exercise restriction, diuretics, and medication.

Dachshund

Dachshunds are a popular breed for similar reasons Great Danes are popular. With spunky personalities, abnormally short legs, and stretched out bodies, Dachshunds are an adorable sight to see. However, with this strange little body, Dachshunds are known for developing back problems. Intervertebral Disc Disease (or slipped disc disease) is a very common genetic disorder in the Dachshund breed. This may be the most painful and costly disorder the small breed may encounter. Also, Dachshunds as a breed suffer from several different health concerns with their eyes, ears, and kidneys. Many Dachshunds have chronic dry eye and chronic superficial keratitis. Superficial keratitis is a chronically inflamed cornea, which can be irritating for the dog, but is treatable. Like the Great Dane, Dachshunds are also commonly born deaf. Sometimes suffering from Renal Corical Hypoplasia, a Dachshunds kidney or kidneys may not develop completely. While any health concern is a challenge to manage, it is not impossible.

Labrador Retriever

As one of the most popular breeds in the entire world, Labrador Retrievers are known for their beautiful dense coats, loyal spirits, and playful demeanors. Labs are one of the most intelligent and affectionate dog breeds available. Labradors commonly suffer from health issues that threaten their blood, eyes, and bone. Hemophilia is a disorder in which the blood does not clot properly. This disorder in its mildest form can go without treatment and may never be detected. However, if it is severe, your pet will need lifetime care. Labs can also suffer from Central Retinal Atrophy, Corneal Opacity, and Retinal Detachment. All of these conditions are treatable and rarely life threatening. Hip Dysplasia is one of the more trying disorders Labs often encounter. As athletic dogs, hip dysplasia can be devastating for a Labrador. Dysplasia doesn’t tend to cause problems for the dog until they are much older. With proper knowledge and medication, Labs can live happily with hip dysplasia.

Educating yourself on the disorders that are common for your breed of dog can help you become a better pet owner and save money on veterinary visits. Learn about the common genetic disorders your pet may encounter and discuss them with your vet. Being active and aware in your pet’s health is the best way to keep them happy and healthy.

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One Response to Pricey Pets: Dog Breeds With Inherited Health Problems

  1. Meghan McLean says:

    My dad has two danes…very sweet dogs. One of them had her stomach stapled to her rib cage to prevent bloat. Hopefully the other one gets the same procedure done soon!

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