Newfoundland Health Care & Feeding
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2018
Quick list of Newfoundland health problems
At least six serious heart diseases occur in Newfoundlands. Cancer claims the lives of many more.
Hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia occur at very high rates. About 1 in every 4 Newfoundlands has malformed hips, and 1 in 4 has malformed elbows. Newfs are also prone to tearing the ligaments in their hind legs. All of these orthopedic diseases cause lameness and pain and can require expensive surgery.
A serious urinary disease called cystinuria is more common in Newfoundlands than in most other breeds.
Newfoundlands are in the Top 10 breeds most likely to experience an emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat, which can kill a dog within hours.
Epilepsy is a growing concern in Newfoundlands.
Eye and eyelid diseases occur regularly in the Newfoundland, as does thyroid disease.
Allergies cause itchy skin and scratching that can lead to bacterial infections (hot spots). Colitis can cause chronic diarrhea.... not a happy prospect in a huge dog.
(See more health problems below.)
Preventing health problems
Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Newfoundland have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hip and elbow dysplasia, hereditary eye diseases, and cystinuria, your Newfoundland 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 Newfoundland, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Newfoundland 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 Newfoundland puppy or adult dog:
Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Newfoundland lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.
The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Newfoundland
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 Newfoundland puppy really need? Does your adult Newfoundland 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 Newfoundland health problems
Heart disease is a major problem in Newfoundlands – especially subaortic stenosis, but also pulmonic stenosis, cardiomyopathy, tricuspid valve disease, patent ductus arteriosus, and septal defects.
Orthopedic problems are extremely common in Newfs, especially hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of over 16,000 Newfoundlands and found 26% dysplastic – an extremely high rate. Of 7600 elbow X-rays, 24% were dysplastic – the 11th worst rate of all breeds. Just awful.
Other common orthopedic diseases in Newfoundlands include cruciate ligament rupture, panosteitis, osteochondritis, and luxating patella.
Cancer (especially lymphosarcoma and osteosarcoma) claims the lives of many Newfoundlands.
Urinary infections occur regularly and a serious urinary disease called cystinuria is more common in Newfoundlands than in most other breeds.
As with all deep-chested breeds, Newfoundlands are at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat – in fact, of all breeds, they are the 9th most likely to develop it.
Eye diseases that occur regularly in the Newfoundland include cataracts, cherry eye, and eyelid abnormalities (entropion and ectropion).
Hormonal/endocrine system diseases include hypothyroidism, Addison's disease, and Cushing's disease.
Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). A more serious skin disease is pemphigus.
Epilepsy is a growing concern in Newfoundlands.
Chronic diarrhea can be caused by colitis (inflammatory bowel disease).
Other health issues in Newfoundlands include blood-clotting diseases (von Willebrand's and thrombocytopenia), autoimmune hemolytic anemia, megaesophagus, myasthenia gravis, laryngeal paralysis, and deafness (inherited deafness).
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.