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Sensible advice for raising your Cardigan Welsh Corgi 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 Cardigan Welsh Corgis, the best dog food diet for feeding Cardigan Welsh Corgi puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.

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Cardigan Welsh Corgi dog breed

Cardigan Welsh Corgi Health Problems and Raising a Cardigan Welsh Corgi Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2015

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The most common health problems in Cardigan Welsh Corgis:

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 1000 Cardigan Welsh Corgis and found 17% 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.

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.

Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Cardigan Welsh Corgi?

Yes, often you can.

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

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Cardigan Welsh Corgi puppy or adult dog:

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