12 Popular Dog Breeds And Their Most Critical Health Issues

Keeping your dogs healthy is probably part of your priority list, and rightfully so. Pets give us company and comfort, and it’s only right for them to experience care and attention from us.

One of the best ways to care for your dog is to keep them away from diseases and health concerns. Some of the most common preventive measures that we take to ensure our dog’s health may include the following:

  • Regular visits to the veterinarian
  • Correct food and well-balanced diet
  • Scheduled pet grooming and parasite prevention
  • Frequent cleaning and proper maintenance of our home

Unfortunately, no matter how you prevent untoward cases from happening, some dog breeds are inclined to develop specific diseases. Here are 12 of the most popular dog breeds and what kind of health concern they will most likely develop, according to WebMD:

1. Beagle (Epilepsy)

Don’t be surprised if your beagle shows signs of seizures as early as 6 months of age. Epilepsy is more likely in beagles than in any other dog breed. Your vet may prescribe anti-seizure medicine, although this won’t be able to permanently cure your dog.

2. Boxer (Cancer)

Cancer is one of the major killers of human beings, and it also affects dogs. Boxers are highly likely to develop certain cancers such as lymphoma and other tumors. Check your boxer’s body for any abnormal lumps, and ask your vet about it.

3. Bulldog (Respiratory complications)

These dogs may appear strong, but bulldogs are prone to breathing-related issues. This is due to the structure of their faces, particularly the smaller nostrils. This breed is also known to have a narrow trachea and long soft palate, which make breathing more difficult. To prevent respiratory problems, keep them under a cool temperature, and don’t allow them to experience extreme physical activity.

4. Cocker Spaniel (Ear infection)

Because of its large hanging ears, cocker spaniels have a high tendency of developing ear infections. The best ways to prevent this are by frequent cleaning of your dog’s ears and regular grooming to preventive excess hair growth near the ears.

5. Dachshund (Back issues)

The elongated bodies of dachshunds make them prone to back-related problems and even spinal disk injuries. To prevent this from happening, help your dog maintain a proper weight and keep your pet away from extreme physical activity.

6. German Shepherd (Hip Dysplasia)

Hip dysplasia is the dislocation or misalignment of the hip joint’s ball and socket. This is common in large dog breeds like the German Shepherd. This health issue may be hereditary, and so you may ask the breeder if your dog’s parents have this hip condition.

7. Golden Retriever (Skin allergy)

This breed has a high risk of skin allergies, and you may be able to observe this when you see your dog licking its skin frequently. Have your golden retriever bathed regularly and treated for fleas.

8. Labrador Retriever (Obesity)

Obesity also exists in dogs, apparently. Labrador retrievers are some of the dogs most likely to develop this health scare. Make sure that you engage your lab in regular exercise, and provide healthy food.

9. Pug (Eye-related issues)

Similar to the bulldog, the pug has a smashed-in face, which lends it susceptible to eye problems. One of the most common cases involves popping out of the pug’s eyes due to extreme situations. The vet may be able to restore the dog’s eye, but the effect on vision will depend on how severe the condition is.

10. Rottweiler (Joint issues)

Like the German Shepherd, the Rottweiler is prone to joint-related issues such as hip and elbow dysplasia, and arthritis. While a balanced diet might help prevent this health risk, joint problems may require surgery.

11. Siberian Husky (Autoimmune disorder)

This dog breed is susceptible to diseases involving the immune system, mostly affecting the skin and face. Some huskies develop cataracts and glaucoma. If this happens to your dog, your vet may prescribe corticosteroids to reduce the effects.

12. Yorkshire Terrier (Portosystemic Shunt)

Small dogs like the Terrier are prone to this disease, which is an abnormality in the blood vessel that removes toxins from the body. If your dog experiences vomiting, seizures and stunted growth, you might want to check for PSS.

By knowing the potential health issues that may fall on your dogs, you as the owner should be able to better take care of your pets and allow them to enjoy better – and hopefully disease-free – lives.

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Madona is the writer at Barkily.