Most common health problems in American Water Spaniels, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your American Water Spaniel

If you want to AVOID health problems in your American Water Spaniel, you'll find my health care program very valuable.

It's called "11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy."

Raise your dog the RIGHT way, feed him the RIGHT food, give him the RIGHT vaccinations, avoid unnecessary veterinary expenses, and help him live a longer, happier, and more comfortable life.

If your American Water Spaniel 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 Water Spaniel dog breed

American Water Spaniel Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


American Water Spaniel health problems

Skin and ears are problematic in this breed. Ear infections are common, as well as chronic allergies that cause itchy skin and can progress to bacterial skin infections. A hair loss disease (follicular dysplasia) also occurs in American Water Spaniels.

Bad joints (hips and knees) cause pain and lameness that can require expensive surgery. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 580 American Water Spaniels and found 8% have hip dysplasia.

The most serious eye diseases in American Water Spaniels are progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, and retinal dysplasia, all of which can cause blindness.

Epilepsy, heart disease, and thyroid disease are occurring with increasing frequency in American Water Spaniels. Degenerative myelopathy, which progresses to paralysis, can also occur in the American Water Spaniel.


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your American Water Spaniel have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases, hip dysplasia, heart disease, and thyroid disease, your American Water Spaniel 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 American Water Spaniel, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your American Water Spaniel 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 Water Spaniel 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 Water Spaniel lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your American Water Spaniel
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 Water Spaniel. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your American Water Spaniel
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


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


Information on spaying your American Water Spaniel. 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 Water Spaniel. 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.


To help you train and care for your dog

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book cover My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.