Most common health problems in Sussex Spaniels, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your Sussex Spaniel

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Sussex Spaniel, 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."

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If your Sussex Spaniel 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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Sussex Spaniel dog breed

Sussex Spaniel Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Quick list of Sussex Spaniel health problems

This breed is deliberately bred to have a deformed build – short legs, long back, wrinkled folds of skin, all of which are associated with health problems.

The rates of hip dysplasia (40%) and elbow dysplasia (20%) are terrible. Luxating patella (loose knee joints) also occurs in Sussex Spaniels, along with intervertebral disk disease.

Sussex Spaniels are susceptible to multiple diseases of their eyes, eyelids, and eyelashes, which cause discomfort, impaired vision, or blindness.

Several kinds of heart disease occur in the Sussex, as does hypothyroidism.

Chronic allergies cause itchy skin and scratching, which can lead to bacterial infections (hot spots). Ear infections are not uncommon.

An inherited metabolic disorder called PDP1 is an unusual syndrome where a Sussex Spaniel who is exercising vigorously can suddenly collapse and temporaily be unable to move.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Sussex Spaniel have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases, heart diseases, PDP1, and hip and elbow dysplasia, your Sussex Spaniel 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 Sussex Spaniel, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Sussex Spaniel puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways. It will help you be your dog's health care champion!


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Complete list of Sussex Spaniel health problems

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 300 Sussex Spaniels and found 40% dysplastic. Of 125 elbow X-rays, 20% were dysplastic. Luxating patella (loose knee joints) also 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 problems and ear infections are common. Chronic allergies cause itchy skin and scratching, which can lead to bacterial infections.

An inherited metabolic disorder is pyruvate dehydrogenase deficiency/mitochondrial myopathy, aka PDP1. Affected dogs exhibit periodic collapse during exercise, brought on by severe metabolic acidosis.

Hypothyroidism and bloat also occur in Sussex Spaniels.


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