Australian Kelpie Health Problems and Raising an Australian Kelpie Puppy to be Healthy
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013
The most common health problems in Australian Kelpies:
There isn't much hard information on health problems in this breed, because most Kelpies are kept as working dogs, many of whom are unregistered, and their owners often don't belong to any official organizations where statistics are compiled.
Here's what we do know. According to the Orthopedic Foundation of America, the rate of hip dysplasia in Australian Kelpies is around 6%, which is okay for a medium-size dog.
Eye diseases in Kelpies include progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), cataracts (at 4-6 years old), collie eye anomaly, and coloboma.
A rare neurological disease that can occur in Australian Kelpies is cerebellar ataxia.
Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Australian Kelpie?
Yes, often you can.
- Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Australian Kelpies today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find an Australian Kelpie 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 Australian Kelpie puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.
Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Australian Kelpie puppy or adult dog:
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.
Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Australian Kelpie lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.
The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Australian Kelpie
The best diet for feeding your Australian Kelpie is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.
The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Australian Kelpie
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.
Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Australian Kelpie puppy really need? Does your adult Australian Kelpie need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.
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.
Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Australian Kelpie.
Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.
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