Brussels Griffon Health Care & Feeding
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2018
Quick list of Brussels Griffon health problems
The leading health issue in toy dogs is injury: fractures, concussions, choking on small objects, being attacked or jumped on by a larger dog.... you must keep a Brussels Griffon under constant surveillance and leash/arm control. Too much can happen to these little guys in the blink of an eye.
Unfortunately, this fun-loving little breed has a deformed structure (domed skull, shortened muzzle, protruding eyes) that can cause a lot of health issues. All Brussels Griffons suffer from some degree of brachycephalic syndrome, which is associated with respiratory problems and all kinds of eye problems, especially corneal ulcers and cataracts that can cause blindness.
Hip dysplasia is incredibly common for such a small breed (over 45% affected), and luxating patella (loose knee joints) is also a concern.
The Brussels Griffon is vulnerable to a devastating neurological disease called syringomyelia, which causes pain and neurological symptoms that can prove fatal.
Other health issues in Brussels Griffons include epilepsy and dental disease.
(See more health problems below.)
Preventing health problems
Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Brussels Griffon have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases, hip dysplasia, and luxating patella, your Brussels Griffon 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 Brussels Griffon, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Brussels Griffon 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 Brussels Griffon puppy or adult dog:
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Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
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Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
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Complete list of Brussels Griffon health problems
- Bone fractures or a concussion can occur from jumping off furniture, or being hit on the head by a thrown or falling object, or falling or leaping from your arms, or being stepped on.
- Brussels Griffons can choke on small objects and it takes very little to overdose them with anything toxic.
- Brussels Griffons can squeeze through doors and fence slats and be lost.
- If you allow a Griffon to act foolishly aggressive toward larger dogs, their neck can be broken with a single grab.
- If you let them off-leash, their excitable chasing instincts may send them under the wheels of a car.
The American Brussels Griffon Club conducted a health survey that found a nearly 50% C-section rate for Brussels Griffon litters in the United States. The puppy mortality rate is high – on average, one puppy out of four dies due to birth defects or fragility.
Eye diseases in Brussels Griffons include corneal ulcers, corneal dystrophy, cataracts (which usually progress to blindness), progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and eyelash abnormalities.
Several orthopedic diseases are common in the Griffon, including hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 100 Brussels Griffon hips and found over 45% dysplastic. That's just dreadful – the 7th worst rate of all breeds.
Luxating patella (loose knee joints) and luxating shoulder occur, as well.
Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to pyoderma.
Other health issues in Brussels Griffons include epilepsy and occasionally hydrocephalus and syringomyelia, which are devastating neurological diseases related to the dome-shaped head.
Brussels Griffons are also prone to dental disease and harmless episodes of reverse sneezing.
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.