Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your American Eskimo Dog puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in American Eskimo Dogs, the best dog food diet for feeding American Eskimo Dog puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

American Eskimo Dog breed

American Eskimo Dog Health Problems and Raising an American Eskimo Dog Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in American Eskimo Dogs:

Eye diseases are a concern in American Eskimo Dogs, especially cataracts, and also progressive retinal atrophy, which occurs at 2-6 years old and always progresses to blindness. Fortunately, a simple DNA test is available for PRA in American Eskimo Dogs, so you can find out at any time whether your dog has the disease, carries the disease, or is completely clear of it.

Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).

Orthopedic diseases in American Eskimo Dogs include luxating patella, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, and hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 750 American Eskimo Dogs and found 9% dysplastic. That's a high.

According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 12% of American Eskimo Dogs have hypothyroidism.

Other serious health issues in this breed include epilepsy and urinary stones.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR American Eskimo Dog?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in American Eskimo Dogs today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find an American Eskimo Dog puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your American Eskimo Dog puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy American Eskimo Dog puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your American Eskimo Dog lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your American Eskimo Dog
The best diet for feeding your American Eskimo Dog is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your American Eskimo Dog. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your American Eskimo Dog
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your American Eskimo Dog. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your American Eskimo Dog puppy really need? Does your adult American Eskimo Dog need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your American Eskimo Dog. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your American Eskimo Dog. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female American Eskimo Dog.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.