Chinook Health Problems and Raising a Chinook Puppy to be Healthy
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013
The most common health problems in Chinooks:
Hip dysplasia is a serious issue in this breed. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 310 Chinooks and found 20% dysplastic. That's very bad, and the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation.
In an attempt to reduce hip dysplasia, the Chinook Club began a crossbreeding program where purebred Chinooks were crossed with other breeds. Results were mixed – while these crossbred Chinooks had a lower rate of hip dysplasia than purebred Chinooks, it was still unacceptably high at 16%.
Epilepsy has become a major concern in Chinooks, with a Chinook Club health survey reporting over 8% of the breed affected with this serious seizure disorder.
The most common skin condition is allergies, which causes itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).
Other health issues in Chinooks include hypothyroidism, cataracts, heart disease, bloat, and cancer (especially osteosarcoma).
Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Chinook?
Yes, often you can.
- Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Chinooks today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Chinook 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 Chinook puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.
Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Chinook puppy or adult dog:
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.
Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Chinook lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.
The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Chinook
The best diet for feeding your Chinook is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.
The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Chinook
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.
Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Chinook puppy really need? Does your adult Chinook need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.
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.
Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Chinook.
Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.
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