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Sensible advice for raising your Argentine Dogo 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 Argentine Dogos, the best dog food diet for feeding Argentine Dogo puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.

11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Argentine Dogo dog breed

Argentine Dogo Health Problems and Raising a Argentine Dogo Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2016

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Argentine Dogos:

This breed has a sky-high rate of hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 120 Argentine Dogos and found 37.5% dysplastic – the 12th worst rate of 142 breeds. And the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation.

Other orthopedic diseases in the Argentine Dogo are elbow dysplasia, osteochondritis, and panosteitis.

Inherited deafness affects about 10% of the breed.

Skin diseases are extremely common in Dogos – especially allergies (which cause itchy skin), chronic bacterial skin infections (pyoderma), and demodectic mange.

The most common eye diseases in the Argentine Dogo are eyelid abnormalities (entropion and ectropion).

As with all deep-chested breeds, Dogos are at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome bloat.

Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Argentine Dogo?

Yes, often you can.

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

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Argentine Dogo puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
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Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Argentine Dogo
The best diet for feeding your Dogo Argentino is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.

Natural dog foods for your Argentine Dogo. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Argentine Dogo
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.

Information on booster shots for your Argentine Dogo. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
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Information on choosing the best vet for your Argentine Dogo. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
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Information on spaying your Argentine Dogo. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Argentine Dogo.

Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.

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