Bearded Collie Health Care & Feeding
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2018
Quick list of Bearded Collie health problems
The only orthopedic disease that occurs regularly in Bearded Collies is hip dysplasia, which causes pain and lameness and can require expensive surgery.
The most common eye disease is cataracts at 2-5 years old.
Autoimmune diseases (thyroiditis, Addison's disease, colitis) are a concern, as are epilepsy and heart disease.
Allergies cause itchy skin, and ear infections are somewhat common due to profuse hair in the ear canal.
(See more health problems below.)
Preventing health problems
Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Bearded Collie have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases, hip dysplasia, and thyroid disease, your Bearded Collie 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 Bearded Collie, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Bearded Collie 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 Bearded Collie puppy or adult dog:
Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Bearded Collie lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.
The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Bearded Collie
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.
Kibble or Canned Dog Food – Almost As Good As Homemade?
Are you looking for the best dry kibble or canned dog food?
Feed Homemade Dog Food Without Needing To Make It
Would you like to feed your dog homemade, but think you don't have the time or skill to make it? I have the solution for you....
Should You Buy Pet Insurance? An Honest Review
My advice on the pros and cons of pet insurance, and the best pet insurance company I've found.
Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Bearded Collie puppy really need? Does your adult Bearded Collie need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed! Find out what some vets aren't telling you.
Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female dog.
Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.
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.
Assisi Loop Review: How I Helped Treat Inflammation and Pain
Does your dog suffer from arthritis, hip dysplasia, disk disease, colitis, a skin wound? My honest review of a veterinary device you can use at home to help reduce inflammation and pain.
Complete list of Bearded Collie health problems
The most common eye disease in Beardies is cataracts, which can appear at 2-5 years old. Persistent pupillary membranes are also common. Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), retinal dysplasia, and corneal dystrophy have been reported.
The only orthopedic disease that occurs regularly in Bearded Collies is hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 4700 Bearded Collies and found 6% dysplastic. This is lower than some other breeds in this size range but it could be better; for example, Rough and Smooth Collies are at 3%.
Elbow dysplasia is not a serious concern in the Bearded Collie, but does occur often enough that breeders should be guarding against it.
Autoimmune diseases, where your dog's defective immune system attacks and damages parts of its own body, are increasing in Bearded Collies. The most common (but least serious) autoimmune disease is hypothyroidism. More serious autoimmune diseases are Addison's disease, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, pemphigus, lupus, myasthenia gravis, colitis (inflammatory bowel disease), and a blood-clotting disease called thrombocytopenia.
Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). Ear infections are somewhat common due to profuse hair in the ear canal. A rare skin disease that occur in Beardies is follicular dysplasia.
Finally, epilepsy (seizures) and heart disease (subaortic stenosis) are two serious diseases that are an increasing concern in Bearded Collies.
To help you train and care for your dog
To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.
My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.
My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.