Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Polish Lowland Sheepdog 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 Polish Lowland Sheepdogs, the best dog food diet for feeding Polish Lowland Sheepdog puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


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Polish Lowland Sheepdog dog breed

Polish Lowland Sheepdog Health Problems and Raising a Polish Lowland Sheepdog 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 Polish Lowland Sheepdogs:

As with most uncommon breeds with a small gene pool, the few health problems that are currently admitted by breeders always increases as inbreeding programs progress.

Hip dysplasia is already a problem. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of over 300 Polish Lowland Sheepdogs and found 15.5% dysplastic – a very high rate for this size dog. And the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation.

Lysosomal storage disease (neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis) is a brain disease that has become a concern in the breed.

Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). Ear infections (due to profuse hair in the ear canals) must be watched for.

Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), which leads to blindness, has been reported in the Polish Lowland Sheepdog, and it is likely that other eye diseases are not going to be far behind.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Polish Lowland Sheepdog?

Yes, often you can.

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

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Polish Lowland Sheepdog 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 Polish Lowland Sheepdog lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


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


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


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