American Staffordshire Terrier Health Problems and Raising an American Staffordshire Terrier Puppy to be Healthy
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014
The most common health problems in American Staffordshire Terriers:
Though many breeders pretend it isn't so, hip dysplasia is a major problem. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 2200 American Staffordshire Terriers and found 25% dysplastic. That's just terrible.
Elbow dysplasia is another serious problem. Over 330 X-rays of American Staffordshire elbows were examined and 16.5% were dysplastic – the 11th worst rate of 82 breeds.
Other orthopedic diseases that occur in the AmStaff are luxating patella and osteochondritis.
According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, American Staffordshire Terriers have the 18th highest rate of hypothyroidism of 140 breeds (up to 20% affected).
Heart disease (especially subaortic stenosis, but also cardiomyopathy) is occurring more frequently in AmStaffs.
Skin problems are common in the American Staffordshires, especially allergies that cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). Demodectic mange is very common in American Staffordshire Terrier puppies and teenage dogs. Tumors (especially mast cell tumors) and cancer are a big concern in the AmStaff.
Serious eye diseases in the breed are progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), cataracts, and entropion.
Inherited deafness can occur in American Staffordshire Terriers puppies who have a lot of white on their head.
Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR American Staffordshire Terrier?
Yes, often you can.
- Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in American Staffordshire Terriers today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find an American Staffordshire 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 Staffordshire Terrier puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.
Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy American Staffordshire Terrier puppy or adult dog:
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Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
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The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your American Staffordshire Terrier
The best diet for feeding your American Staffordshire Terrier is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.
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The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
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Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
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Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.
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