Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

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


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Saluki dog breed

Saluki Health Problems and Raising a Saluki 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 Salukis:

The primary concerns in Salukis are heart disease (mitral valve disease and cardiomyopathy) and heart cancer (cardiac hemangiosarcoma). In one heart cancer study, an alarming 31% of Salukis were affected. To put this statistic in perspective, the next-highest breed was FAR behind, at less than 1%.

In fact, recent research has revealed a number of heart abnormalities in the breed, ranging from benign murmurs to irregular heartbeats to enlarged hearts. Regular examination of your Saluki's heart has become an absolute must.

Other cancers are also a concern in Salukis, including hemangiosarcoma of the spleen or liver, breast cancer, squamous cell carcinoma, and lymphoma.

Skin diseases include allergies (which cause itchy skin and can leading to pyoderma), non-tumorous growths (cysts and lipomas), and occasionally follicular dysplasia.

Serious diseases affecting the blood and immune system in Salukis include autoimmune hemolytic anemia and a blood-clotting disease called thrombocytopenia.

Epilepsy and hypothyroidism occur in Salukis. According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 13% of Salukis have low thyroid levels. Cushing's disease occurs occasionally.

As with all deep-chested breeds, Salukis are at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.

On the positive side, the orthopedic diseases so common in other breeds are seldom seen in Salukis. According to the Orthopedic Foundation of America, their hip dysplasia rate is less than 2%. This is an excellent rate.

Because of their low body fat, all sighthounds are extra sensitive to anesthetics and require an experienced vet who will follow a special Greyhound Anesthesia Protocol.

Sighthounds REQUIRE open space to run. A sighthound who can't stretch his legs and gallop off-leash will not develop proper muscle tone for good health. However, the area in which they run must be enclosed. One of the leading causes of death in sighthounds is being hit by a car. These dogs are chasers with sharp eyesight, strong prey instincts, and a one-track mind. If they spy something moving in the distance, their instincts will kick in and they will not respond when you call them.

Musculoskeletal injuries (fractures, pulled muscles or ligaments, broken toes, paw injuries, etc.) are common when slender sighthounds race about.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Saluki?

Yes, often you can.

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

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


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


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


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