Kuvasz Health Problems and Raising a Kuvasz Puppy to be Healthy
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013
The most common health problems in Kuvasz:
The most common health problems are orthopedic, especially hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia, but also osteochondritis, cruciate ligament rupture, luxating patella, and occasionally hypertrophic osteodystrophy.
Let's look at hip and elbow dysplasia statistics in Kuvasz. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of over 1500 Kuvasz and found almost 19% dysplastic, which is very high. The true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. For comparison, the Great Pyrenees has a hip dysplasia rate of 9%. Of 230 elbow X-rays, 9% were dysplastic – compare to the Great Pyrenees at 1.5%.
As with all deep-chested breeds, Kuvasz are at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.
Eye diseases found in the breed include cataracts (which occur at a young age) and entropion (an eyelid abnormality).
Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).
According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, Kuvasz have the 17th highest rate of hypothyroidism of 140 breeds (up to 24% affected).
Young- to middle-aged Kuvasz have been reported with serious heart disease and kidney disease, and von Willebrand's blood-clotting disease occurs regularly.
Inherited deafness occurs in the breed, as well.
Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Kuvasz?
Yes, often you can.
- Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Kuvasz today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Kuvasz 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 Kuvasz puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.
Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Kuvasz puppy or adult dog:
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The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Kuvasz
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The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
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Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Kuvasz.
Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.
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