Pembroke Welsh Corgi Health Problems and Raising a Pembroke Welsh Corgi Puppy to be Healthy
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2015
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.
- 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.
- 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:
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