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Sensible advice for raising your Welsh Springer Spaniel 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 Welsh Springer Spaniels, the best dog food diet for feeding Welsh Springer Spaniel puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


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Welsh Springer Spaniel dog breed

Welsh Springer Spaniel Health Problems and Raising a Welsh Springer Spaniel Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014

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 Welsh Springer Spaniels:

Epilepsy is the major concern in Welsh Springer Spaniels, affecting about 6% of the breed. Welsh Springer experts say that every Welsh Springer in the world has at least one proven carrier of epilepsy in his or her five-generation pedigree. To make matters worse, epilepsy is particularly devastating in this breed, with repeated seizures that don't respond well to medication and often lead to permanent brain damage or death.

Serious eye diseases are another major concern, especially glaucoma and cataracts that can lead to blindness.

The most common orthopedic diseases are hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 1400 Welsh Springers and found 13% dysplastic. That's high for a medium-sized breed – compare it to Cocker Spaniels at 6%. Of 213 elbow X-rays, 4% were dysplastic.

According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, Welsh Springers have the 19th highest rate of hypothyroidism of 140 breeds. Up to 22% of the breed is estimated to have low thyroid levels.

Heart disease is another concern in the breed.

Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). A more serious skin disease that can occur in Welsh Springers is seborrhea. Chronic ear infections are common due to profuse hair in the ear canals.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Welsh Springer Spaniel?

Yes, often you can.

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

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Welsh Springer Spaniel puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
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Read my advice on daily health care so your Welsh Springer Spaniel lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


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


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


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