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Sensible advice for raising your Brittany Spaniel 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 Brittany Spaniels, the best dog food diet for feeding Brittany Spaniel 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

Brittany Spaniel dog breed

Brittany Spaniel Health Problems and Raising a Brittany Spaniel 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 Brittany Spaniels:

Epilepsy (seizures) has become a very serious concern in Brittanys today.

Hip dysplasia is the most common orthopedic disease in the Brittany Spaniel. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 14,600 Brittanys and found 15% dysplastic. That's very high for this size dog, and the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. For comparison, Cocker Spaniels are at 6% and Vizslas at 7%.

Luxating patella (loose knees) is also common in Brittanys, and osteochondritis can occur.

The most common eye disease in Brittany Spaniels is glaucoma. Other eye diseases include lens luxation, cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and retinal dysplasia.

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

According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 17% of Brittanys have hypothyroidism (low thyroid levels).

A neurological disease (cerebellar ataxia) and a blood-clotting disease (hemophilia A) occasionally occur in Brittanys.

Complement deficiency is a rare disease that can occur in Brittanys. It's a deficiency of certain proteins that are an important part of the immune system. Without these proteins, an affected Brittany is susceptible to recurring bacterial infections and kidney disease.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Brittany Spaniel?

Yes, often you can.

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

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


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


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


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