Saluki Health Care & Feeding
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2018
Quick list of Saluki health problems
The primary concern in Salukis is their heart. Two different heart diseases occur in Salukis, and heart cancer (cardiac hemangiosarcoma) occurs in Salukis far more than other breeds. When autopsies were done on Salukis who had died suddenly, over 30% were found to have heart cancer.
In fact, recent research has revealed a number of heart abnormalities in the breed, ranging from benign murmurs to irregular heartbeats to enlarged hearts. Regular examination of every Saluki's heart has become a must.
Other cancers are also a concern in Salukis, especially hemangiosarcoma of the spleen and liver.
Serious diseases can affect the blood and immune system in Salukis.
Hereditary eye diseases such as cataracts occur in Salukis. So do epilepsy, thyroid disease, and an emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.
Because of their low body fat, Salukis are extra sensitive to anesthetics and require an experienced vet who will follow a special sighthound anesthesia protocol.
Salukis are instinctive chasers, so they're especially vulnerable to being killed by a car. This is not an off-leash breed.
Musculoskeletal injuries (fractures, pulled muscles or ligaments, broken toes, paw injuries, etc.) are common when Salukis romp, jump, and play.
(See more health problems below.)
Preventing health problems
Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Saluki have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of heart disease, thyroid disease, and hereditary eye diseases, your Saluki 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 Saluki, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Saluki 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 Saluki puppy or adult dog:
Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Saluki lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.
The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Saluki
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 Saluki puppy really need? Does your adult Saluki 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 Saluki health problems
The primary concerns in Salukis are heart disease (mitral valve disease and cardiomyopathy) and heart cancer (cardiac hemangiosarcoma). When autopsies were done on Salukis who had died suddenly, over 30% were found to have heart cancer.
In fact, recent research has revealed a number of heart abnormalities in the breed, ranging from benign murmurs to irregular heartbeats to enlarged hearts. Regular examination of your Saluki's heart has become an absolute must.
Other cancers are also a concern in Salukis, including hemangiosarcoma of the spleen or liver, breast cancer, squamous cell carcinoma, and lymphoma.
Serious diseases affecting the blood and immune system in Salukis include autoimmune hemolytic anemia and a blood-clotting disease called thrombocytopenia.
Epilepsy and hypothyroidism occur in Salukis, and an emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.
Skin diseases include allergies (which cause itchy skin and can leading to pyoderma), non-tumorous growths (cysts and lipomas), and occasionally follicular dysplasia.
On the positive side, the orthopedic diseases so common in other breeds are seldom seen in Salukis. According to the Orthopedic Foundation of America, the Saluki hip dysplasia rate is less than 2%. Very good.
Because of their low body fat, all sighthounds are extra sensitive to anesthetics and require an experienced vet who will follow a special Sighthound Anesthesia Protocol.
Sighthounds REQUIRE open space to run. A sighthound who can't stretch his legs and gallop off-leash will not develop proper muscle tone for good health. However, the area in which they run must be enclosed. One of the leading causes of death in sighthounds is being hit by a car. These dogs are chasers with sharp eyesight, strong prey instincts, and a one-track mind. If they spy something moving in the distance, their instincts will kick in and they will not respond when you call them.
Musculoskeletal injuries (fractures, pulled muscles or ligaments, broken toes, paw injuries, etc.) are common when slender sighthounds race about.
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.