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


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Quick list of Welsh Springer Spaniel health problems

Epilepsy is the major concern in Welsh Springer Spaniels, affecting about 6% of the breed. And 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 in Welsh Springers, especially glaucoma and cataracts that can lead to blindness.

Hip dysplasia causes pain and lameness. Welsh Springers have a high rate of thyroid disease, and heart disease is another concern in the breed.

Skin conditions include seborrhea, and itchy allergies that can lead to bacterial infections (hot spots). Chronic ear infections are common due to profuse hair in the ear canals.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

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

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Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Welsh Springer
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 Welsh Springer Spaniel. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Welsh Springer
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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 need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed! Find out what some vets aren't telling you.


Information on spaying your Welsh Springer Spaniel. 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 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.


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Complete list of Welsh Springer Spaniel health problems

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 2300 Welsh Springers and found 11% dysplastic. That's high for a medium-sized breed. Elbow dysplasia is less than 2%.

According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, Welsh Springers have a high rate of hypothyroidism, with up to 22% of the breed 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.


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