Most common health problems in mixed breed dogs, plus health care and feeding.

My Complete Health Care Program for your Mixed Breed Dog

If you want to AVOID health problems in your mixed breed dog, 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 mixed breed dog 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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Mixed Breed Dog Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton

Health problems in mixed breed dogs

Over 300 genetic health problems occur in purebred dogs. Orthopedic diseases like hip dysplasia, disk disease, loose kneecaps that pop out of their sockets. Heart diseases. Epilepsy. Eye diseases like cataracts and glaucoma, that can result in blindness. Inherited cancers. Autoimmune diseases. Diabetes and thyroid disease. Inherited kidney and liver diseases. Digestive diseases like colitis, pancreatitis, and bloat. All manners of skin diseases and chronic allergies.

Now, mixed breed dogs can inherit most of those diseases, too. But fortunately, the risk is lower in mixed breeds than in purebreds.

Why is the risk lower in mixed breeds?

  1. First, mixed breeds usually have a pretty normal dog shape. Whereas many purebred dog breeders have deliberately created breeds with unnatural – and unhealthy – shapes.

    Squashed faces that can't breathe. Protruding eyes vulnerable to being scratched. Short crooked legs prone to joint diseases. Loose folds of wrinkled skin prone to bacterial infections. Long backs with weak vertebrae. Long narrow ear canals prone to ear infections. Tiny mouths without enough room for healthy teeth. Massive bodies that break down in less than 10 years. Shame on breeders for inflicting these deformities on dogs.

  2. Second, geneticists tell us that greater genetic diversity (more varied genes) is one of the best predictors of good health. Whereas limited genetic diversity leads to poor health. And mixed breed dogs typically have FAR more genetic diversity than purebred dogs.

    In purebreds, the goal is to make all of the individuals within a breed look as similar as possible. To accomplish that, breeders don't want varied genes. On the contrary, they want all the dogs within each breed to share the same limited set of genes, so they'll all look alike. That limited set of genes keeps getting recycled with each generation. This is called inbreeding. Geneticists say that it leads to physical and mental defects, a weaker immune system that's more susceptible to illness, and a greater likelihood of hereditary health problems spreading rapidly through an entire breed.

So if your mixed breed dog has a pretty normal dog shape and good genetic diversity, he has a lot going for him. That's the good news.

But there is some bad news for mixed breed dogs

Responsible breeders of purebred dogs perform health screening tests before breeding two dogs together. These tests can detect certain hereditary health problems. If those problems were found, those two dogs would not be bred together. This helps to avoid some health problems in their puppies – the puppies you welcome into your family.

Unfortunately, people who breed crossbred dogs seldom do any health screening tests. And people who breed mixed breed dogs never do those tests. That means your mixed breed, even with his normal shape and diverse genes, could have inherited a genetic health problem from his unscreened mother or unscreened father.

Preventing health problems

If you have a mixed breed dog, you need to put your efforts toward providing him with the very best care going forward. Fortunately, a number of 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 mixed breed dog, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your mixed breed dog 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 mixed breed dog 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 mixed breed dog lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.

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

Information on spaying your Mixed Breed Dog. 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 Mixed Breed 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 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.

To help you train and care for your dog

dog training videos Dog training videos. Sometimes it's easier to train your puppy (or adult dog) when you can see the correct training techniques in action.

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.

book cover My puppy training book is Respect Training For Puppies: 30 seconds to a calm, polite, well-behaved puppy. For puppies 2 to 18 months old, this highly-acclaimed training program is based on respect. Your puppy will learn the 21 skills that all great family dogs need to know.

If your dog is over 18 months, you'll want book coverRespect Training For Adult Dogs: 30 seconds to a calm, polite, well-behaved dog. Again your dog will learn the 21 skills that all family dogs need to know.

book cover Do the 11 Things in my dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, and your dog will live a longer, healthier life and seldom need to visit the vet.

book cover 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 family companion.