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Sensible advice for raising your American Water Spaniel 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 Water Spaniels, the best dog food diet for feeding American Water Spaniel 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 Water Spaniel dog breed

American Water Spaniel Health Problems and Raising an American Water Spaniel 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 Water Spaniels:

Skin and ears are problematic in this breed. Most commonly you'll find allergies (causing terribly itchy skin) and ear infections, and sometimes bacterial skin infections (pyoderma) and follicular dysplasia.

The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 580 American Water Spaniels and found 8% have hip dysplasia, which is not to so good for this size dog. Luxating patellas can also occur.

The most serious eye diseases in American Water Spaniels are progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), cataracts, and retinal dysplasia.

Epilepsy and heart disease have been reported with increasing frequency in American Water Spaniels, and hypothyroidism and diabetes have also been reported.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR American Water Spaniel?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in American Water Spaniels today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find an American Water Spaniel 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 Water Spaniel puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy American Water Spaniel 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 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
The best diet for feeding your American Water Spaniel 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 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 many vets aren't telling you.


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.


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


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