Brussels Griffon Health Problems and Raising a Brussels Griffon Puppy to be Healthy
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013
The most common health problems in Brussels Griffons:
The leading health issue in toy dogs is INJURY. You must keep a Brussels Griffon under constant surveillance and leash/arm control. Too much can happen to these small creatures in the blink of an eye.
- Bone fractures or a concussion can occur from jumping off furniture, or being hit on the head by a thrown or falling object, or falling or leaping from your arms, or being stepped on.
- Brussels Griffons can choke on small objects and it takes very little to overdose them with anything toxic.
- Brussels Griffons can squeeze through doors and fence slats and be lost.
- If you allow a Griffon to act foolishly aggressive toward larger dogs, their neck can be broken with a single grab.
- If you let them off-leash, their excitable chasing instincts may send them under the wheels of a car.
Because of their short face, all Brussels Griffons suffer from some degree of brachycephalic syndrome, which causes all kinds of health problems.
The American Brussels Griffon Club conducted a health survey that found a nearly 50% C-section rate for Brussels Griffon litters in the United States. The puppy mortality rate is high – on average, one puppy out of four dies due to birth defects or fragility.
Eye diseases in Brussels Griffons include corneal ulcers, corneal dystrophy, cataracts (which usually progress to blindness), progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and eyelash abnormalities.
Several orthopedic diseases are common in the Griffon, including hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America has evaluated only 32 X-rays of Brussels Griffon hips, but nearly 16% of those were dysplastic, and the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. That's a terrible rate for a tiny dog. Luxating patella (loose knees) is also common, and luxating shoulder can occur, as well.
Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to pyoderma.
Other health issues in Brussels Griffons include epilepsy and occasionally hydrocephalus. Griffons are also prone to dental disease and harmless episodes of reverse sneezing.
Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Brussels Griffon?
Yes, often you can.
- Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Brussels Griffons today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Brussels Griffon puppy who is genetically healthy.
- 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 Brussels Griffon puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.
Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Brussels Griffon puppy or adult dog:
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