Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Australian Cattle Dog 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 Australian Cattle Dogs, the best dog food diet for feeding Australian Cattle Dog 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

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Australian Cattle Dog Health Problems and Raising an Australian Cattle Dog Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014

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 Australian Cattle Dogs (also called Queensland Heelers)

The most common orthopedic health issues in Queensland Heelers are hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, luxating patella, and osteochondritis. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 2400 Australian Cattle Dogs and found 14% dysplastic. Of 355 elbow X-rays, 12% were dysplastic. Both these rates are much too high for a medium-size breed. In comparison, Australian Shepherds have a 6% hip dysplasia rate and a 4% elbow dysplasia rate.

The most serious eye disease in the Australian Cattle Dog is progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), which can occur at 3-6 years old. Fortunately, a simple DNA test is available for PRA in Australian Cattle Dogs, so you can find out at any time whether your dog has the disease, carries the disease, or is completely clear of it.

Other eye diseases to be concerned about are luxation, glaucoma, cataracts, and occasionally retinal dysplasia.

Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).

Inherited deafness is somewhat common in Australian Cattle Dog puppies, especially if the puppy has a lot of white on his head.

According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 13% of Australian Cattle Dogs have hypothyroidism.

Epilepsy and liver shunt both occur with some frequency in the Cattle Dog.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Australian Cattle Dog?

Yes, often you can.

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

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Australian Cattle Dog 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 Australian Cattle Dog lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Australian Cattle Dog
The best diet for feeding your Australian Cattle Dog 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 Australian Cattle Dog. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Australian Cattle Dog
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Australian Cattle Dog. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Australian Cattle Dog puppy really need? Does your adult Cattle Dog 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 Australian Cattle Dog. 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 Australian Cattle Dog. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Queensland Heeler.


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