Most common health problems in Pembroke Welsh Corgis, plus health care and feeding.


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Pembroke Welsh Corgi dog breed

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Health Care & Feeding

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Quick list of Pembroke Welsh Corgi health problems

Because of their deformed chondrodysplastic build, the Corgi is more affected than most other breeds by intervertebral disk disease (which can lead to paralysis). Another disease that can lead to paralysis in Pembroke Welsh Corgis is degenerative myelopathy.

Hip dysplasia, causing lameness and pain, occurs at a high 20% rate in Pembroke Welsh Corgis.

Hereditary eye diseases can cause blindness, especially cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy.

Epilepsy is a real concern in Pembroke Welsh Corgis.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

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

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Information on booster shots for your Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
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Information on spaying your Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female dog.


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


Information on choosing the best vet for your Pembroke Welsh Corgi. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
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Complete list of Pembroke Welsh Corgi health problems

One look at the long back and it's not surprising that intervertebral disk disease (which can lead to paralysis) is more common in Pembroke Welsh Corgis than in most other breeds. Degenerative myelopathy is another disease that leads to paralysis, and it occurs at a high rate in Corgis.

Hip dysplasia is rampant in the breed. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of over 12,000 Pembroke Welsh Corgis and found 20% dysplastic. Elbow dysplasia occurs at a 3-4% rate.

The most serious eye diseases are cataracts (present at birth and usually leading to blindness), progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), retinal dysplasia, and persistent pupillary membranes.

Epilepsy is a real concern in Pembroke Welsh Corgis.

Blood-clotting disease (von Willebrand's) occurs in Pembrokes. Fortunately, a simple DNA test is available so you can find out at any time whether your Pembroke Welsh Corgi has von Willebrand's, carries it, or is completely clear of it. Thus far, test results show about 6% of the breed affected and another 29% carriers.

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

Other health issues in Pembroke Welsh Corgis are heart disease (patent ductus arteriosus), inherited deafness in Corgis with a lot of white on their head, hypothyroidism, and cystinuria.


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