Most common health problems in the Bouvier des Flandres, plus health care and feeding.

My Complete Health Care Program for your Bouvier des Flandres

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Bouvier, 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 Bouvier 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!

Dog books written by Michele Welton

Bouvier des Flandres dog breed

Bouvier des Flandres Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2018

Quick list of Bouvier des Flandres health problems

Hip or elbow dysplasia can cripple a Bouvier. Cataracts and glaucoma can lead to blindness.

Hereditary heart diseases (several different ones) and cancers (several different ones) can cut your Bouvier's life short in middle age. An emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat can kill a Bouvier in just a few hours.

(See more health problems below.)

Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Bouvier des Flandres have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hip and elbow dysplasia, heart disease, and hereditary eye diseases, your Bouvier des Flandres 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 Bouvier des Flandres, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Bouvier des Flandres 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 Bouvier des Flandres 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 Bouvier des Flandres lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.

Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Bouvier
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 Bouvier des Flandres. 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 Bouvier des Flandres. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Bouvier des Flandres puppy really need? Does your adult Bouvier need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed! Find out what some vets aren't telling you.

Information on spaying your Bouvier des Flandres. 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 Bouvier des Flandres. 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 Bouvier des Flandres health problems

The leading health problem in Bouviers is hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of over 8800 Bouviers and found 16% dysplastic. The Bouvier des Flandres Club conducted a health survey that included over a thousand Bouviers, and they report that almost 25% of the dogs in their survey were dysplastic.

Elbow dysplasia is also a problem in the breed. Nearly 10% of 3600 elbow X-rays evaluated by the OFA were dysplastic. Other orthopedic diseases that occur in Bouviers are osteochondritis and cruciate ligament rupture.

A serious concern in the breed is cancer, especially lymphosarcoma, but also osteosarcoma, adenocarcinoma, hemangiosarcoma, mast cell tumors, and digital squamous cell carcinoma.

Another serious concern in the Bouvier des Flandres is heart disease, especially subaortic stenosis, but also septal defect and cardiomyopathy.

With their deep chest, Bouviers are at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.

Hormonal/endocrine system diseases reported in Bouviers are hypothyroidism, Addison's disease, and Cushing's disease.

The most common eye diseases in the Bouvier des Flandres are cataracts, glaucoma, and entropion. Occasionally reported are ectropion and PRA. Cataracts can appear at 3-12 months or much later in life (5 years or older).

To help you train and care for your dog

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The problem is that most dog training videos on the internet are worthless, because they use the wrong training method. I recommend these dog training videos that are based on respect and leadership.

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