Norwegian Lundehund Health Problems and Raising a Norwegian Lundehund Puppy to be Healthy
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014
The most common health problems in Norwegian Lundehunds:
The lifespan of this uncommon breed is unpredictable because of severe inherited intestinal disorders that are embedded in the breed's gene pool. No family of Lundehunds is completely free of these episodic intestinal diseases, which are forms of colitis (inflammatory bowel syndrome). They're alternatively referred to as protein-losing enteropathy, or intestinal lymphangiectasia. In essence, protein is lost through the intestinal wall instead of being digested and absorbed.
All Norwegian Lundehunds should be on a high-protein, low-fat, homemade diet and should be tested regularly (bloodwork and fecal tests) for these diseases throughout their life.
Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Norwegian Lundehund?
Yes, often you can.
- Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Norwegian Lundehunds today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Norwegian Lundehund 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 Norwegian Lundehund puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.
Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Norwegian Lundehund puppy or adult dog:
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.
Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Norwegian Lundehund lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.
The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Norwegian Lundehund
The best diet for feeding your Norwegian Lundehund is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.
The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Norwegian Lundehund
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.
Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Norwegian Lundehund puppy really need? Does your adult Norwegian Lundehund need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.
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.
Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Norwegian Lundehund.
Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.
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