Schipperke Health Problems and Raising a Schipperke Puppy to be Healthy
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013
The most common health problems in Schipperkes:
Epilepsy and heart disease are the two "big guns" to be aware of in Schipperkes.
A lethal neurological disease (lysosomal storage disease) occurs in the breed, but fortunately is not very common.
The orthopedic disease that causes the most concern in Schipperkes, because of its severity, is Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. Other orthopedic diseases that occur in the breed are luxating patella (loose knees), elbow dysplasia, and hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 278 Schipperkes and found 4% dysplastic. Elbows were about the same – 4% of 27 elbow X-rays were dysplastic.
Eye diseases include cataracts (usually appearing later in life) and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).
Skin diseases include allergies (which cause itchy skin and can lead to pyoderma), follicular dysplasia, pemphigus, and in blue Schipperkes, color dilution alopecia.
Hypothyroidism also occurs in Schipperkes. According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 13% of Schipperkes have low thyroid levels.
Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Schipperke?
Yes, often you can.
- Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Schipperkes today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Schipperke 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 Schipperke puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.
Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Schipperke puppy or adult dog:
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Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Schipperke lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.
The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Schipperke
The best diet for feeding your Schipperke is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.
The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Schipperke
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.
Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
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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.
Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Schipperke.
Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.
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