Dog Disorders – What to look Out For

Dog Disorders – What to look Out For

Dog Disorders – What to look Out For

A vital part of good prevention is to know the common types of 

illnesses and dog disorders associated with particular dog breeds. 

For dogs, the parts of their body that are most frequently affected by 

congenital problems are the central nervous system, the eyes, the 

muscles, and the bones.

Let's dive right in.

Dog Disorders to Look Out for

For instance, the Beagle, Collie, miniature Poodle, German 

Shepherd, and Keeshond are more likely to inherit epilepsy. 

Different types of nervous system dog disorders are often passed on 

within certain breeds.

Examples are paralysis of the front and back legs, which is common 

in the Irish Setter. And a failure of muscle coordination is common 

in the Fox Terrier.

Dog disorders such as abnormal swelling of the brain are common 

in the Chihuahua, English Bulldog, and Cocker Spaniel. A great 

number of common breeds suffer from congenital eye abnormalities 

including glaucoma, cataracts, and blindness.

Dog Breeds at High Risk for Hernias

Breeds such as Basenji, Basset Hound, Pekingese, Lhasa Apso, and 

Cairn Terrier have a high risk for inguinal hernias (gut protrudes

into the groin).

Umbilical hernias (gut protrudes through the navel) are inherited 

defects in breeds like the Bull Terrier, Cocker Spaniel, Pekingese, 

Basenji, Collie, Weimaraner, Airedale Terrier, and Pointer.

In order to keep health problems and dog disorders in your dog 

from getting serious, you need to detect them early. Therefore, it is 

necessary to give your dog a basic check-up about once a week.

This check-up takes no more than a few minutes. And it can help 

prevent problems as well as expenses down the road.

How to Look for Dog Disorders

Start with a body rub when looking for dog disorders. This makes 

your pet comfortable. While giving them a rub, check for any signs 

of flaking or scabs which can be a sign of parasites, a skin disorder, 

or allergies.

Also check for any lumps and bumps when looking for dog 

disorders. Although they are a normal part of aging in dogs, they 

can also be a symptom that there is something wrong. Check for any 

swelling that could indicate parasites, heart trouble, or cancer.

Their breathing should be smooth and quiet, unless they are panting. 

If your dogs breathing is raspy or rattling, they could have a 

respiratory problem.

The Heartbeat should be Regular

Your dog's heartbeat should be regular and strong. To check for their 

pulse, place your hand against their chest by their left elbow. Count 

the number of beats in 15 seconds and multiply it by four. The rate 

should range between 60 and 160.

Lastly, examine their ears, eyes, and mouth and check for any signs 

of abnormalities and dog disorders.

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