Most common health problems in Sloughis, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your Sloughi

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Sloughi, 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 Sloughi 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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Sloughi dog breed

Sloughi Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Quick list of Sloughi health problems

The most serious health concern in Sloughis is an eye disease, progressive retinal atrophy, which appears at 2-3 years old and progresses to complete blindness in a few years.

Sloughis are at higher-than-average risk for an emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat, which can kill a dog within hours.

A serious autoimmune disease, Addison's, has been reported in Sloughis.

Because of their low body fat, Sloughis are extra sensitive to anesthetics and require an experienced vet who will follow a special sighthound anesthesia protocol.

Musculoskeletal injuries (fractures, pulled muscles or ligaments, broken toes, paw injuries, etc.) are common when Sloughis romp, jump, and play.

Sloughis have little or no insulation and cannot tolerate cold weather. Put a sweater on them when the temperature dips below 40 degrees.

Like all sighthound breeds, Sloughis 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.


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if at least one parent of your Sloughi has a certificate proving he or she was DNA-tested and cleared of PRA, your Sloughi has no risk of developing PRA.

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 Sloughi, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Sloughi 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 Sloughi 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 Sloughi lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


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


Information on booster shots for your Sloughi. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Sloughi puppy really need? Does your adult Sloughi need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed! Find out what some vets aren't telling you.


Information on spaying your Sloughi. 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 Sloughi. 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.


To help you train and care for your dog

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book cover My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.