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Sensible advice for raising your Norwegian Lundehund 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 Norwegian Lundehunds, the best dog food diet for feeding Norwegian Lundehund puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Norwegian Lundehund dog breed

Norwegian Lundehund Health Problems and Raising a Norwegian Lundehund Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

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 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.

  1. 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.
  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 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:

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 Norwegian Lundehund lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food 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.


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


Information on booster shots for your Norwegian Lundehund. 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.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Norwegian Lundehund. 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 Norwegian Lundehund. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Norwegian Lundehund.


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