Sussex Spaniel Health Problems and Raising a Sussex Spaniel Puppy to be Healthy
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2016
The most common health problems in Sussex Spaniels:
This is a heavily-inbred breed with a small gene pool, so it's not surprising that health problems are increasing.
The most serious health problem is heart disease, especially tetralogy of fallot (which kills Sussex puppies before weaning), cardiomyopathy, patent ductus arteriosus, and pulmonic stenosis.
The rates of hip and elbow dysplasia are terrible. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 200 Sussex Spaniels and found 45% dysplastic – the 9th worst rate of 142 breeds. And the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. Of 56 elbow X-rays, 18% were dysplastic, and again, the true rate is even higher. Luxating patellas (loose knees) occurs in the breed, and intervertebral disk disease is another problem that can occur because of the abnormal chondrodysplastic build.
Eye diseases in Sussex Spaniels include cataracts, retinal dysplasia, eyelash abnormalities, eyelid abnormalities (entropion and ectropion), and occasionally progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).
Skin and ear problems are common: allergies cause itchy skin, which can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).
Hypothyroidism also occurs in Sussex Spaniels.
Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Sussex Spaniel?
Yes, often you can.
- Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Sussex Spaniels today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Sussex Spaniel puppy who is genetically healthy.
- 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 Sussex Spaniel puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.
Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Sussex Spaniel puppy or adult dog:
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