Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Catahoula Leopard Dog 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 Catahoula Leopard Dogs, the best dog food diet for feeding Catahoula Leopard Dog puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


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Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog breed

Catahoula Leopard Dog Health Problems and Raising a Catahoula Leopard Dog Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014

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 Catahoula Leopard Dogs:

The most common health problems in Catahoulas are orthopedic, especially hip dysplasia, but also panosteitis, elbow dysplasia, and shoulder dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 300 Catahoulas and found 26% dysplastic – the 19th 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.

Inherited deafness can occur in Catahoula Leopard Dog puppies with a lot of white on their head.

Eye diseases include coloboma, persistent pupillary membranes, cataracts, and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).

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

Other health issues in Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dogs include hypothyroidism and diabetes.

Unfortunately, even with all of these health problems, most Catahoula breeders simply breed their dogs without bothering to test them for anything. Health problems like hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia are testable, as are eye diseases and thyroid levels. These tests should be done on every Catahoula Leopard Dog who is bred. If you buy your Catahoula puppy from a breeder who hasn't tested the parents, you're running a big risk that your puppy could develop these diseases as he matures.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Catahoula Leopard Dog?

Yes, often you can.

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

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Catahoula Leopard Dog puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


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


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Catahoula Leopard Dog
The best diet for feeding your Catahoula 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 Catahoula Leopard Dog. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Catahoula Leopard Dog
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


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


Information on choosing the best vet for your Catahoula Leopard Dog. 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.


Information on spaying your Catahoula Leopard Dog. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Catahoula Leopard Dog.


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