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


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Clumber Spaniel Health Care & Feeding

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Quick list of Clumber Spaniel health problems

Clumber Spaniels are deliberately bred to have a deformed chondrodysplastic build (short legs, long back). This predisposes them to orthopedic issues that cause pain and lameness and can require surgery. Intervertebral disk disease, for one.

But hip dysplasia is the big problem in Clumber Spaniels. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of over 1000 Clumber Spaniels and found 44% dysplastic – the 8th worst rate of all breeds. Elbow dysplasia (8% rate) is another orthopedic issue in Clumber Spaniels.

Hereditary eye and eyelid diseases can lead to blindness or require surgery.

Chronic allergies cause itchy skin and often lead to bacterial skin infections (hot spots). The heavy hanging ears have lots of hair inside the ear canals, so are predisposed to ear infections.

An inherited metabolic disorder (PDP1) is an unusual syndrome in which a Clumber Spaniel who is exercising vigorously can suddenly collapse and temporaily be unable to move.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Clumber Spaniel have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases, hip and elbow dysplasia, and PDP1, your Clumber 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 Clumber Spaniel, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Clumber 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 Clumber Spaniel puppy or adult dog:

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Information on booster shots for your Clumber Spaniel. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Clumber Spaniel puppy really need? Does your adult Clumber Spaniel need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed! Find out what some vets aren't telling you.


Information on spaying your Clumber 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 Clumber 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 Clumber Spaniel health problems

Clumber Spaniels have a deformed chondrodysplastic build, which predisposes a dog to orthopedic issues such as intervertebral disease. But hip dysplasia is the big problem in Clumber Spaniels. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of over 1000 Clumber Spaniels and found 44% dysplastic – the 8th worst rate of all breeds. Ignore anyone who tells you that a Clumber's hips are "normal for the breed". Dysplastic hips lead to arthritis later in life.

Elbow dysplasia (8% rate) is another orthopedic issue in Clumber Spaniels, along with panosteitis.

The most common eye diseases in Clumbers are eyelid abnormalities (entropion and ectropion) and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). Also cataracts, persistent pupillary membranes, and occasionally retinal dysplasia.

The heavy hanging ears with lots of hair inside the ear canals are predisposed to ear infections.

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

Hypothyroidism is fairly common in the breed. According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 18% of Clumber Spaniels have low thyroid levels.

An inherited metabolic disorder is pyruvate dehydrogenase deficiency/mitochondrial myopathy, aka PDP1. Affected dogs exhibit periodic collapse during exercise, brought on by severe metabolic acidosis.

Other health issues in Clumber Spaniels include colitis (inflammatory bowel disease) and autoimmune hemolytic anemia.


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