Kuvasz Health Care & Feeding
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2018
Quick list of Kuvasz health problems
Orthopedic diseases lead the list of serious health problems in Kuvasz. Hip dysplasia occurs at a very high rate. Elbow dysplasia occurs, as well, along with luxating patella (loose knee joints). Kuvasz are also prone to tearing the ligaments in their hind legs. All of these orthopedic problems cause pain and lameness and can require expensive surgery.
Kuvasz have a high rate of thyroid disease, and a higher-than-average risk for an emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.
Eye diseases in Kuvasz include cataracts and PRA, which can cause blindness. Young- to middle-aged Kuvasz have been reported with serious heart disease.
Chronic allergies cause itchy skin and scratching, which can lead to bacterial infections (hot spots).
Kuvasz can be born deaf, or partially deaf.
(See more health problems below.)
Preventing health problems
Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Kuvasz have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases, thyroid disease, and hip and elbow dysplasia, your Kuvasz 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 Kuvasz, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Kuvasz 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 Kuvasz puppy or adult dog:
Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Kuvasz lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.
The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Kuvasz
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 Kuvasz puppy really need? Does your adult Kuvasz 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 Kuvasz health problems
The most common health problems are orthopedic, especially hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia, but also osteochondritis, cruciate ligament rupture, luxating patella, and occasionally hypertrophic osteodystrophy.
Let's look at hip and elbow dysplasia statistics in Kuvasz. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 1800 Kuvasz and found 19% dysplastic, which is very high. Of 450 elbow X-rays, 6% were dysplastic.
As with all deep-chested breeds, Kuvasz are at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.
Eye diseases found in the breed include cataracts (which occur at a young age) and entropion (an eyelid abnormality).
Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).
According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, Kuvasz have a very high rate of hypothyroidism (up to 24% affected).
Young- to middle-aged Kuvasz have been reported with serious heart disease and kidney disease, and von Willebrand's blood-clotting disease occurs regularly.
Inherited deafness occurs in the breed, as well.
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.