Most common health problems in Border Collies, plus health care and feeding.

My Complete Health Care Program for your Border Collie

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

Border Collie Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton

Quick list of Border Collie health problems

Hip dysplasia causes pain and lameness that can require expensive surgery. Hereditary eye diseases can be mild, or progress to blindness.

Epilepsy and heart disease are growing concerns in this breed.

Border Collies can be born deaf, or partially deaf.

All Border Collies should have a simple DNA test to determine whether they have inherited a gene mutation known as MDR1. If a dog has this gene, certain medications can be deadly to him.

(See more health problems below.)

Preventing health problems

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

Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Border Collie lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.

Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Border 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.

Natural dog foods for your Border Collie. Kibble or Canned Dog Food – Almost As Good As Homemade?
Are you looking for the best dry kibble or canned dog food?

NomNomNow homemade dog food service 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....

Pet insurance 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.

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

Information on spaying your Border Collie. 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 Border Collie. 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 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 Border Collie health problems

Hip dysplasia is the most common orthopedic disease in Border Collies. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 13,000 Border Collies and found 11% dysplastic. That's high for a medium size dog. Another orthopedic disease found in Border Collies is osteochondritis.

The most common eye disease is collie eye anomaly. It is estimated that about 2.5% of Border Collies in North America are affected with CEA, with another 25% being carriers. Other eye diseases in Border Collies include cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), lens luxation, corneal dystrophy, and coloboma.

Epilepsy (seizures) is being reported more and more often in Border Collies – this is a growing concern.

Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).

According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 17% of Border Collies have hypothyroidism (low thyroid levels).

Other health issues that occur in the Border Collie are heart disease (patent ductus arteriosus), cerebellar ataxia, lysosomal storage disease, and inherited deafness in Border Collie puppies with a lot of white on their head.

Border Collies and other collie-type breeds often react adversely to certain drugs such as ivermectin (in heartworm prevention products such as Heartguard), Imodium A-D, flagyl, and certain anesthetics. If your dog has a mutant gene called mdr1, he cannot pump these drugs out of his brain, which results in neurological toxicity. Don't give any of these drugs to your Border Collie unless he has been tested for this mutant gene. It's a simple DNA test offered by the Washington State University Veterinary School.

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