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Sensible advice for raising your Siberian Husky 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 Siberian Huskies, the best dog food diet for feeding Siberian Husky 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

Siberian Husky dog breed

Siberian Husky Health Problems and Raising a Siberian Husky 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 Siberian Huskies:

The serious eye disease to watch out for in Siberian Huskies is cataracts, which affects about 10% of the breed, typically occurs at 6-12 months old, and often progresses to blindness by 2-3 years old. Other eye problems in Siberians include corneal dystrophy and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and occasionally pannus and glaucoma.

Skin diseases can be problematic in the Siberian Husky, especially allergies (which cause itchy skin and can lead to pyoderma), and occasionally zinc-responsive dermatosis, follicular dysplasia, and lupus. Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease is a very rare disease that can occur in Siberian Huskies and causes both eye and skin problems.

Siberian Huskies are prone to losing pigment on their nose and muzzle – this can be caused by nasal solar dermatitis, vitiligo, or lupus, but most commonly it's a harmless condition called "snow nose" where the nose only loses pigment in the winter.

According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 17% of Siberian Huskies have hypothyroidism.

Other health issues in Siberians include heart disease, epilepsy, and laryngeal paralysis.

On a positive note, the orthopedic diseases that are so common in other breeds are less so in Siberian Huskies. Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, luxating patella, and other orthopedic diseases do occur, but at low rates. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of over 14,800 Siberians and found only 2% dysplastic. Similarly, of 121 elbow X-rays evaluated by the OFA, none were dysplastic. Excellent.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Siberian Husky?

Yes, often you can.

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

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


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


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


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