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


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Irish Water Spaniel dog breed

Irish Water Spaniel Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Irish Water Spaniel health problems

The most serious orthopedic diseases in this breed are elbow dysplasia and hip dysplasia. In most breeds, hip dysplasia is the more common of the two, but the reverse is true in Irish Water Spaniels, at least according to the statistics. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the elbow X-rays of 600 Irish Water Spaniels and found 16% dysplastic. Of 1500 hip X-rays, 12% were dysplastic. Neither rate is good.

Irish Water Spaniels can have malformations of their eyelashes and eyelids that irritate the eyeball and can lead to corneal ulcers. Also cataracts that can lead to blindness.

The skin and coat are problematic in many Irish Water Spaniels. Chronic allergies cause itching and scratching that can lead to skin infections (hot spots). Follicular dysplasia causes hair loss. Ear infections are common. Irish Water Spaniels are also susceptible to a severe infection under their toenails.

Epilepsy is a serious concern in Irish Water Spaniels. Also reported are heart and thyroid diseases.

A fairly common injury in this breed is a damaged tail. Because it's so slender and hairless, it can split open when wagged against a hard object, or when chewed, or chapped in cold weather.


Preventing health problems

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

Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Irish Water Spaniel lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Irish Water Spaniel
Food is the #1 foundation for good health. The best diet for feeding your dog is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, fish....these are not just "people foods" and I'll tell you why.


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


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


Information on spaying your Irish Water 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 Irish Water 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.


Assisi Loop Assisi Loop Review: How I Helped Treat Inflammation and Pain
Does your dog suffer from arthritis, hip dysplasia, disk disease, colitis, a skin wound? My honest review of a veterinary device you can use at home to help reduce inflammation and pain.


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