Most common health problems in Cardigan Welsh Corgis, plus health care and feeding.


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Quick list of Cardigan Welsh Corgi health problems

Hereditary eye diseases lead the list, the most serious ones progressing to blindness.

Epilepsy is another real concern in Cardigan Welsh Corgis.

Because of their deformed chondrodysplastic build, Cardigan Welsh Corgis are more prone to orthopedic diseases compared to other breeds. Intervertebral disk disease can lead to paralysis. Luxating patella (loose knees) and hip dysplasia (22% affected) cause pain and lameness that can require expensive surgery.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

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

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Complete list of Cardigan Welsh Corgi health problems

The most serious eye disease is progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), which strikes around age 2 and progresses to full blindness by age 3. Fortunately, a simple DNA test is available for PRA in Cardigan Welsh Corgis, so you can find out at any time whether your dog has the disease, carries the disease, or is completely clear of it.

Other eye diseases reported in Cardies include cataracts, lens luxation, glaucoma, and eyelash abnormalities.

Because of their deformed chondrodysplastic build, intervertebral disk disease (which can lead to paralysis) is more common in Cardigan Welsh Corgis than in most other breeds. But the most common orthopedic diseases in Cardigans are luxating patella (loose knees) and hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of over 2400 Cardigan Welsh Corgis and found 22% dysplastic. That's very high for this size dog. Elbow dysplasia occurs at a 3-4% rate.

Epilepsy is a real concern in Cardigan Welsh Corgis.

Blood-clotting disease (von Willebrand's) occurs, as well.

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

Immunoglobulin deficiency is a rare but very serious immune system disease in Cardigan Welsh Corgis.


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