Most common health problems in Australian Kelpies, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your Australian Kelpie

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Australian Kelpie, 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 Australian Kelpie 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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Australian Kelpie dog breed

Australian Kelpie Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Australian Kelpie health problems

There isn't much information on health problems in this breed. Most Kelpies are kept as working dogs on stock farms. As such, many of them are unregistered, and their owners don't belong to any official organizations where statistics are compiled.

But hip dysplasia definitely occurs in the Kelpie. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 140 Australian Kelpies and found 8% dysplastic. That's surprisingly high for a working dog, where sound structure should be of the highest importance.

Eye diseases in Australian Kelpies include PRA (which leads to blindness), cataracts (developing at 4-6 years old), collie eye anomaly, and coloboma.

A rare neurological disease that can occur in Australian Kelpies is cerebellar ataxia.


Preventing health problems

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


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


Information on booster shots for your Australian Kelpie. 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 some vets aren't telling you.


Information on spaying your Australian Kelpie. 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 Australian Kelpie. 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.


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