Most common health problems in Briards, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your Briard

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

Briard Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Quick list of Briard health problems

Cancer (especially lymphosarcoma) is the number one killer of Briards.

The rate of hip dysplasia is pretty high, and so is the risk of an emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.

Hereditary eye diseases can occur in Briards, though some lines are much more affected than others.

Other health issues in Briards include itchy allergies, hypothyroidism, and epilepsy.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Briard have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases and hip dysplasia, your Briard 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 Briard, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Briard 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 Briard puppy or adult dog:

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Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Briard
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Information on booster shots for your Briard. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Briard puppy really need? Does your adult Briard need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed! Find out what some vets aren't telling you.


Information on spaying your Briard. 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 Briard. 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
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Complete list of Briard health problems

Cancer (especially lymphosarcoma) is the number one killer of Briards.

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

The most common orthopedic disease is hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of over 2600 Briards and found 14% dysplastic. Another orthopedic disease to watch for in Briards is panosteitis.

On a positive note, of nearly 700 elbow X-rays, Briards had a less than 1% rate of elbow dysplasia.

Eye diseases are not that common in Briards, but do include cataracts, and also congenital stationary night blindness, where an affected dog can't see at night and may or may not be able to see during the daytime. This disease is present in early puppyhood. A simple DNA test can tell you whether your dog has the disease, carries the disease, or is completely clear of it.

The serious eye disease PRA (progressive retinal atrophy) is occasionally reported in Briards, and also a specific form of PRA called central progressive retinal atrophy (cPRA). cPRA is extremely common in Great Britain, with over 80% of British Briards either affected or carriers. So if your Briard's pedigree includes British ancestry, this eye disease should be kept in mind. Age of onset varies from 18 months to middle age.

Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). Ear infections are more common in dogs with a lot of hair in their ear canals.

Other health issues in Briards include hypothyroidism, epilepsy, blood-clotting disease (von Willebrand's), autoimmune hemolytic anemia, and hernias.


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