Most common health problems in Norwegian Elkhounds, plus health care and feeding.

My Complete Health Care Program for your Norwegian Elkhound

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Norwegian Elkhound, 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."

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If your Elkhound 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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Norwegian Elkhound dog breed

Norwegian Elkhound Health Care & Feeding

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Quick list of Norwegian Elkhound health problems

The Norwegian Elkhound has a 20% rate of hip dysplasia, which is terrible for a medium-sized dog. Hip dysplasia causes pain and lameness, and so does luxating patella (loose knee joints), which also occur in Elkhounds.

Kidney diseases are a serious problem in Norwegian Elkhounds.

Hereditary eye diseases – progressive retinal atrophy, glaucoma, cataracts – can cause blindness.

The Elkhound's skin is prone to growths and tumors, and also itchiness from chronic allergies. Constant scratching can break the skin and lead to bacterial infections (hot spots)

(See more health problems below.)

Preventing health problems

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

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Complete list of Norwegian Elkhound health problems

The most common orthopedic disease is hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 4000 Norwegian Elkhounds and found 20% dysplastic. That's terrible for a medium-sized breed, and the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. Comparing the Elkhound to other medium-sized spitz-type breeds, the Norwegian Buhund has half that rate, and the Finnish Spitz comes in at only 6%.

Another orthopedic disease that occurs in Elkhounds is luxating patella (loose knee joints).

Kidney diseases are a serious problem in Norwegian Elkhounds.

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

Skin growths are common – both tumorous growths and non-tumorous growths.

The most common eye diseases in the Norwegian Elkhound are progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), glaucoma, retinal dysplasia, cataracts, entropion, and eyelash abnormalities.

Other health issues in Norwegian Elkhounds include epilepsy, heart disease, and hypothyroidism. Occasionally reported are chondrodysplasia and a skin disease called follicular dysplasia.

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