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Sensible advice for raising your Pembroke Welsh Corgi 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 Pembroke Welsh Corgis, the best dog food diet for feeding Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


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Pembroke Welsh Corgi dog breed

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Health Problems and Raising a Pembroke Welsh Corgi Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014

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Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
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The most common health problems in Pembroke Welsh Corgis:

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

Hip dysplasia is common in Pembroke Welsh Corgis. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of over 8000 Pembroke Welsh Corgis and found 17% dysplastic. That's very high, and the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. Elbow dysplasia can also occur.

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.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Pembroke Welsh Corgi?

Yes, often you can.

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

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Pembroke Welsh Corgi 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.


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Read my advice on daily health care so your Pembroke Welsh Corgi lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


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


Information on booster shots for your Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy really need? Does your adult Corgi 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 Pembroke Welsh Corgi. 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 Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Pembroke Welsh Corgi.


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