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Sensible advice for raising your Italian Spinone 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 Italian Spinones, the best dog food diet for feeding Italian Spinone 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

Spinone Italiano dog breed

Italian Spinone Health Problems and Raising an Italian Spinone Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2016

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 Italian Spinones:

Hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 695 Italian Spinones and found 16.5% dysplastic. That's high, and the true rate is even higher, because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation.

Other orthopedic diseases in the breed are elbow dysplasia, osteochondritis, and panosteitis.

An inherited neurological disease, cerebellar ataxia, is a major concern in the breed.

Epilepsy, heart disease, and hypothyroidism are other concerns in Italian Spinones. According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 11% of Italian Spinones have low thyroid levels.

The most common eye diseases are eyelid abnormalities (entropion and ectropion).

Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).

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

Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Italian Spinone?

Yes, often you can.

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

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

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

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

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

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