Most common health problems in English Pointers, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your English Pointer

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Pointer, you'll find my health care program very valuable.

It's called "11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy."

Raise your dog the RIGHT way, feed him the RIGHT food, give him the RIGHT vaccinations, avoid unnecessary veterinary expenses, and help him live a longer, happier, and more comfortable life.

If your Pointer already HAS a health problem, I'm sorry to hear that. You should immediately begin my health care program, and you may be able to restore his good health – or at least make him much more comfortable. Let me help!

My best-selling dog health book


English Pointer dog breed

English Pointer Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Quick list of English Pointer health problems

The most serious eye diseases in Pointers are cataracts (appearing in young adulthood and usually progressing to blindness), and progressive retinal atrophy (always progressing to blindness).

Hip and elbow dysplasia cause lameness and pain and can require expensive surgery. Thyroid disease is pretty common.

Epilepsy and heart disease are concerns in English Pointers, and there are some severe neuromuscular diseases.

Skin problems include itchy allergies, and hair loss disorders.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

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

Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your English Pointer lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your English Pointer
Food is the #1 foundation for good health. The best diet for feeding your dog is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, fish....these are not just "people foods" and I'll tell you why.


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


Information on booster shots for your English Pointer. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your English Pointer puppy really need? Does your adult English Pointer need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed! Find out what some vets aren't telling you.


Information on spaying your English Pointer. 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 English Pointer. 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.


Assisi Loop Assisi Loop Review: How I Helped Treat Inflammation and Pain
Does your dog suffer from arthritis, hip dysplasia, disk disease, colitis, a skin wound? My honest review of a veterinary device you can use at home to help reduce inflammation and pain.


Complete list of English Pointer health problems

The major orthopedic disease in English Pointers is hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 1800 English Pointers and found 7% dysplastic. Of 346 elbow x-rays, 5% were dysplastic. Neither of those rates is horrible, but could be better. A more severe orthopedic disorder is hypertrophic osteodystrophy.

The most serious eye diseases in Pointers are cataracts (appearing in young adulthood and usually progressing to blindness), and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).

Skin diseases in the English Pointer include allergies (which cause itchy skin and can lead to pyoderma), lick granuloma, demodectic mange, and occasionally calcinosis and follicular dysplasia.

According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, English Pointers have the 12th highest rate of hypothyroidism of 140 breeds (up to 26% affected).

Neurological/neuromuscular diseases in English Pointers include epilepsy, cerebellar ataxia, and polyneuropathy.

Other health issues in English Pointers include heart disease (subaortic stenosis), hypothyroidism, and inherited deafness.


To help you train and care for your dog

book cover To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.

book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.

book cover My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.