Most common health problems in American Pit Bull Terriers, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your American Pit Bull Terrier

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Pit Bull Terrier, you'll find my health care program very valuable.

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If your Pit Bull already HAS a health problem, I'm sorry to hear that. You should immediately begin my health care program, and you may be able to restore his good health – or at least make him much more comfortable. Let me help!

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American Pit Bull Terrier dog breed

American Pit Bull Terrier Health Care & Feeding

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Quick list of American Pit Bull Terrier health problems

Skin problems are very common in this breed – itchy allergies, demodectic mange, skin tumors and skin cancer.

Hip and elbow dysplasia are serious problems in Pit Bulls. Hereditary eye diseases can cause blindness.

American Pit Bull Terriers have one of the highest rates of hypothyroidism of all breeds. Hereditary heart diseases are occurring more frequently.

Pit Bulls can be born deaf, or partially deaf.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your American Pit Bull Terrier have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hip and elbow dysplasia, heart diseases, and thyroid disease, your Pit Bull Terrier has less risk of developing those conditions.

Other health problems can be prevented, or partially prevented, by the ways you raise your dog. If you're serious about doing everything you can for your Pit Bull Terrier, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your American Pit Bull Terrier puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways. It will help you be your dog's health care champion!


Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy American Pit Bull Terrier puppy or adult dog:

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


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Pit Bull Terrier
Food is the #1 foundation for good health. The best diet for feeding your dog is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, fish....these are not just "people foods" and I'll tell you why.


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


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


Information on spaying your American Pit Bull Terrier. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female dog.


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


Information on choosing the best vet for your American Pit Bull Terrier. 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.


Assisi Loop Assisi Loop Review: How I Helped Treat Inflammation and Pain
Does your dog suffer from arthritis, hip dysplasia, disk disease, colitis, a skin wound? My honest review of a veterinary device you can use at home to help reduce inflammation and pain.


Complete list of American Pit Bull Terrier health problems

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 888 Pit Bulls and found 24% dysplastic. That's an extremely high rate for a medium-sized dog.

Elbow dysplasia is another serious problem. Over 300 X-rays of Pit Bull Terrier elbows were examined and 16% were dysplastic.

Other orthopedic diseases in the Pit Bull are luxating patella (loose knee joints) 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 diseases (especially subaortic stenosis, but also cardiomyopathy) are 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.

The major eye diseases are progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), cataracts, and entropion.

Inherited deafness can occur in Pit Bull puppies with a lot of white covering their head.


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