Most common health problems in Staffordshire Bull Terriers, plus health care and feeding.


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If you want to AVOID health problems in your Staffordshire Bull Terrier, you'll find my health care program very valuable.

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Staffordshire Bull Terrier Health Care & Feeding

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Quick list of Staffordshire Bull Terrier health problems

Eye diseases are the main concern in Staffords, especially severe hereditary cataracts that appear by 18 months old and lead to blindness.

The other major problems are high rates of hip and elbow dysplasia, which cause pain and lameness and can require expensive surgery.

Two neurological diseases in Staffordshire Bull Terriers are epilepsy, and a seizure/tremor syndrome known as L-2-HGA.

Then there's heart disease, plus chronic allergies that cause itchy skin and scratching.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Staffordshire Bull Terrier have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases, hip and elbow dysplasia, and L-2-HGA, your Stafford 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 Staffordshire Bull Terrier, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Staffordshire Bull Terrier 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 Staffordshire Bull Terrier 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 Staffordshire Bull Terrier lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


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


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


Information on spaying your Staffordshire Bull Terrier. 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 Staffordshire Bull Terrier. 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 Staffordshire Bull Terrier health problems

Eye diseases are a real concern in Staffords, especially severe hereditary cataracts that appear by 18 months old and lead to blindness. Eyelash abnormalities are also common, and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) occurs occasionally.

The other major problems in Staffordshire Bull Terriers are hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 700 Staffordshire Bull Terriers and found 16% dysplastic. That's a terrible rate for a small breed. Elbow dysplasia occurs at the same 16% rate. Just awful. Luxating patella (loose knee joints) can also occur in Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

Two neurological diseases are epilepsy, and a seizure/tremor syndrome with the tongue-twisting name L-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria or L-2-HGA for short. The latter disorder typically shows symptoms before a year of age.

Heart disease has been reported in Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

Allergies (which cause itchy skin and often lead to bacterial skin infections called pyoderma) are common in all terriers.

Staffords with very short muzzles can suffer some degree of brachycephalic syndrome.

Inherited deafness can occur in Staffordshire Bull Terriers with a lot of white covering their head.


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