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


My Complete Health Care Program for your Field Spaniel

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Field Spaniel, you'll find my health care program very valuable.

It's called "11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy."

Raise your dog the RIGHT way, feed him the RIGHT food, give him the RIGHT vaccinations, avoid unnecessary veterinary expenses, and help him live a longer, happier, and more comfortable life.

If your Field Spaniel already HAS a health problem, I'm sorry to hear that. You should immediately begin my health care program, and you may be able to restore his good health – or at least make him much more comfortable. Let me help!

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Field Spaniel dog breed

Field Spaniel Health Care & Feeding

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Quick list of Field Spaniel health problems

Field Spaniels have a high rate of hip dysplasia, which causes pain and lameness that may require expensive surgery.

Hereditary eye diseases can lead to blindness.

Epilepsy is unfortunately common. Heart disease and thyroid disease are becoming real concerns.

Chronic allergies cause itchy skin and scratching that can lead to skin infections (hot spots). Ear infections are common in all spaniel breeds due to long hairs clogging the narrow ear canals.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

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

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Information on booster shots for your Field Spaniel. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
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Information on spaying your Field Spaniel. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
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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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Complete list of Field Spaniel health problems

Orthopedic diseases include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and luxating patella (loose knees). The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 1200 Field Spaniels and found 18% dysplastic. That's very high for this size dog.

The eye disease that causes the most concern in Field Spaniels is retinal dysplasia. Around 3 years old, cataracts can appear. Occasionally reported are progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), cherry eye, and eyelid abnormalities (entropion and ectropion).

Epilepsy is unfortunately common in Field Spaniels, as is hypothyroidism. According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 13% of Field Spaniels have low thyroid levels.

Heart disease (subaortic stenosis) is becoming a concern in Field Spaniels.

Allergies cause itchy skin and often lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma), and ear infections are common in all spaniels due to long hairs clogging the narrow ear canals.


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