Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Borzoi 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 Borzoi, the best dog food diet for feeding Borzoi puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.

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Borzoi Health Problems and Raising a Borzoi Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2016

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
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Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
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Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Borzoi:

Cancer (especially osteosarcoma and lymphosarcoma) is prevalent in all large and giant breeds, including Borzois.

With their deep chest, Borzois are at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.

Heart disease (cardiomyopathy and tricuspid valve dysplasia) is a growing concern in the breed.

Borzoi can have low thyroid levels that may require daily thyroid supplements. According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 17% of Borzoi have hypothyroidism.

Cataracts can appear at 1-4 years old and often lead to blindness. Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and retinal dysplasia are eye diseases reported in Borzois.

Orthopedic diseases include osteochondritis, hypertrophic osteodystrophy, and Wobbler's syndrome. On the plus side, hip dysplasia is very uncommon in Borzois. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 776 Borzois and found less than 2% dysplastic – the 4th BEST rate of 142 breeds.

Skin problems include allergies (which cause itchy skin and can lead to pyoderma), calcinosis, and elbow hygroma.

Other health issues that occur in Borzois are epilepsy and blood-clotting diseases (von Willebrand's and factor I deficiency).

Because of their low body fat, all sighthounds are extra sensitive to anesthetics and require an experienced vet who will follow a special Greyhound Anesthesia Protocol.

Sighthounds REQUIRE open space to run. A sighthound who can't stretch his legs and gallop off-leash will not develop proper muscle tone for good health. However, the area in which they run must be enclosed. One of the leading causes of death in sighthounds is being hit by a car. These dogs are chasers with sharp eyesight, strong prey instincts, and a one-track mind. If they spy something moving in the distance, their instincts will kick in and they will not respond when you call them.

Musculoskeletal injuries (fractures, pulled muscles or ligaments, broken toes, paw injuries, etc.) are common when slender sighthounds race about.

Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Borzoi?

Yes, often you can.

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

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Borzoi puppy or adult dog:

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Information on booster shots for your Borzoi. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
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Information on spaying your Borzoi. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
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Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.

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