Most common health problems in Siberian Huskies, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your Siberian Husky

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Siberian Husky, 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 Siberian Husky 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!

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Siberian Husky Health Care & Feeding

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Quick list of Siberian Husky health problems

Eye diseases are problematic in Siberians. The most serious is cataracts, which affects about 10% of the breed and often progresses to blindness by 3 years old.

The skin is another problem area in Siberian Huskies – chronic allergies cause itchiness and bacterial infections, and other diseases cause hair loss.

Other health issues in Siberian Huskies include hypothyroidism, heart disease, epilepsy, and laryngeal paralysis.

On a positive note, the orthopedic diseases that are so common in other breeds (such as hip dysplasia) are much less so in Siberian Huskies.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Siberian Husky have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases and hip dysplasia, your Siberian 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 Siberian Husky, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Siberian Husky 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 Siberian Husky 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 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
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 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 Husky need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed! Find out what some vets aren't telling you.


Information on spaying your Siberian Husky. 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 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.


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 Siberian Husky health problems

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 much less so in Siberian Huskies. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of over 18,000 Siberians and found only 2% dysplastic. Similarly, of 450 elbow X-rays evaluated by the OFA, none were dysplastic. Excellent!


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