Most common health problems in Brittany Spaniels, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your Brittany

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Brittany, 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 Brittany 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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Brittany Spaniel Health Care & Feeding

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Quick list of Brittany Spaniel health problems

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

Several serious eye diseases can cause blindness.

Hip dysplasia causes pain and lameness and can require expensive surgery.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

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

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Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Brittany
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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 some vets aren't telling you.


Information on spaying your Brittany Spaniel. 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 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.


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Complete list of Brittany Spaniel health problems

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 19,000 Brittanys and found 14% dysplastic. That's high for this size dog.

Luxating patella (loose knees) and osteochondritis can also occur in Brittanys, though the rates are low.

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.


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