American Pit Bull Terrier Health Problems and Raising an American Pit Bull Terrier Puppy to be Healthy
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2015
The most common health problems in American Pit Bull Terriers:
Though many breeders pretend it isn't so, hip dysplasia is a serious problem in Pit Bulls. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 480 Pit Bulls and found 22% dysplastic. That's an extremely high rates for a medium-sized dog – in comparison, the hip dysplasia rate in English Bull Terriers is 7%.
Elbow dysplasia is another serious problem. Over 100 X-rays of Pit Bull elbows were examined and 14% were dysplastic – the 15th worst rate of 82 breeds. Compare it to Boxers, who have a 0% elbow dysplasia rate.
Other orthopedic diseases in the Pit Bull are luxating patella and osteochondritis.
According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, American Pit Bull Terriers have the 4th highest rate of hypothyroidism of 140 breeds (up to 25% of Pit Bulls are affected).
Heart disease (especially subaortic stenosis, but also cardiomyopathy) is occurring more frequently in the American Pit Bull Terrier.
Skin problems are very common, including allergies that cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). Demodectic mange in Pit Bull Terrier puppies and adolescents is very common. Tumors and cancer (especially mast cell tumors) are serious concerns.
Eye diseases include progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), cataracts, and entropion.
Inherited deafness can occur in Pit Bull puppies with a lot of white on their head.
Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR American Pit Bull Terrier?
Yes, often you can.
- Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in American Pit Bull Terriers today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find an American Pit Bull Terrier puppy who is genetically healthy.
- 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 Pit Bull Terrier puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.
Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy American Pit Bull Terrier puppy or adult dog:
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