You might like the look and temperament of a certain pet breed, only to find out that there are serious pet health problems associated with it. Of course, not every pet will suffer from issues that affect the breed in general, but it is important to acknowledge the health prospects of a prospective pet, both before and during the adoption process. The more information you have in the beginning, the more compatible you and your pet will be in the long  run.

Each Pet Is Special

It is true that every pet deserves a home and family to call his or her own. However, not every owner is equipped to handle various pet health problems that may affect their pet. To avoid the risk of surrendering a pet to the shelter, it is absolutely critical to do the research beforehand in order to know what might be in store with regard to future health needs.

Pet Health Problems

Below are some popular dog breeds that come with significant pet health problems. Certainly, with preventative care, possible surgeries, and even medication, the dog of your dreams can live a full, long, and happy life without medical challenges.

  • Labrador Retrievers – An immensely popular dog breed, Labs typically have a shorter lifespan. Part of that is due to various bone disorders, such as dysplasia of the hip, shoulder, and elbow, and muscular dystrophy. Cancer, blood sugar imbalances, and eye problems are very common.
  • Golden Retriever – Already predisposed to certain cancers, goldens have a high rate of hip and elbow dysplasia, heart problems, and eye issues.
  • Basset Hound – Bloat, Glaucoma, blood disorders, foot and foreleg problems, and more mark the path of owning a Basset.
  • Miniature Poodle – This adorable breed suffers from eye problems like cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, and glaucoma. Epilepsy, bone degeneration, and immobility are not uncommon pet health problems in this breed.
  • Newfoundland – Dysplasia of the elbow and hip are common in large breed dogs, but Newfie’s suffer from heart problems as well.
  • German Shepherd – Like the other big dogs on this list, German Shepherds also have a high rate of hip and elbow dysplasia. Eye issues, heart problems, skin allergies, and quickly growing cancerous tumors are very common.
  • Bulldog – The skull shape of all brachycephalic breeds is abnormal and is the result of multi-generational breeding. While cute, bulldogs have a bevy of pet health problems that can overwhelm an unprepared owner. Elongated soft palate, internalized tail, collapsed nostrils, and eyelid abnormalities are typically present.

What About Cats?

Many cats are extremely healthy and can live for two decades or more. However, there are certain breeds with specific pet health problems, such as:

  • Persians – Due to their facial structure, these felines have breathing problems, eye conditions, and other conditions that affect the kidneys and skin.
  • Sphynx – Skin diseases that cause crusty sores to appear on the body, as well as heart disease affect this unique breed.
  • Abyssinian – Eye disorders, kidney problems, neurological issues, and early-onset periodontal disease are not uncommon in this handsome breed.

Ask Questions First

If you have any questions pertaining to pet health problems, Animal Family Veterinary Care Center is always here for you. Remember, when you’re aware of potential risks of your pet’s breed you can prepare effectively for his or her long-term care.