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.
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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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