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


My Complete Health Care Program for your Vizsla

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

Vizsla Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Quick list of Vizsla health problems

Epilepsy, heart disease, and cancer are the three most serious health issues in Vizlsas.

Hereditary eye diseases in Vizslas can lead to blindness. Hip dysplasia causes pain and lameness and can require expensive surgery.

Chronic allergies cause itching and scratching that can morph into bacterial infections (hot spots). Two other diseases in Vizslas that wreak havoc with the skin are sebaceous adenitis and demodectic mange.

Hypothyroidism occurs in Vizslas, as well as blood-clotting disorders and an emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Vizsla have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases, hip dysplasia, and thyroid disease, your Vizsla 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 Vizsla, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Vizsla 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 Vizsla puppy or adult dog:

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


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


Information on spaying your Vizsla. 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 Vizsla. 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.


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Complete list of Vizsla health problems

Epilepsy is a very serious problem in Vizslas.

Cancer (especially lymphosarcoma and hemangiosarcoma) is another serious concern in the breed, and heart disease is another major threat.

The most common orthopedic disease in Vizslas is hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 15,500 Vizslas and found 7% dysplastic. Elbow dysplasia and osteochondritis occur less frequently.

Eye diseases in Vizslas include progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), eyelid abnormalities (entropion and ectropion), cataracts, and glaucoma.

Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). More serious skin diseases in Vizslas are sebaceous adenitis and demodectic mange. Occasionally calcinosis occurs in Vizslas.

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

Hypothyroidism occurs in Vizslas. According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 12% of Vizslas have low thyroid levels.

The blood-clotting diseases von Willebrand's disease and hemophilia A also occur in Vizslas.


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