Samoyed Health Care & Feeding
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2018
Quick list of Samoyed health problems
Eye diseases are the primary concern. Samoyeds are prone to a long list of serious eye diseases that cause blindness.
Several heart diseases occur in Samoyeds. Diabetes and epilepsy are becoming worries in the breed.
Hip dysplasia causes pain and lameness that can require expensive surgery.
Inherited kidney disease can be severe in young Samoyeds.
Chronic allergies cause itching and scratching, which often leads to skin infections (hot spots). Other skin diseases in Samoyeds manifest with dramatic hair loss.
(See more health problems below.)
Preventing health problems
Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Samoyed have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases, heart diseases, and hip dysplasia, your Samoyed 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 Samoyed, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Samoyed 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 Samoyed puppy or adult dog:
Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Samoyed lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.
The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Samoyed
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 Samoyed puppy really need? Does your adult Samoyed 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 Samoyed health problems
Eye diseases are a real problem in Samoyeds:
- Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) leads to blindness.
- Cataracts can appear at 6-36 months old and can lead to blindness.
- Glaucoma usually leads to blindness.
- Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease is a rare disease that causes severe eye and skin problems.
- Retinal dysplasia can be mild or can lead to blindness. Retinal dysplasia in Samoyeds suggests that the dog may be a carrier of a severe syndrome called OSD (OculoSkeletal Dysplasia). Samoyed puppies born with OSD have skeletal malformations, such as dwarfed legs, and go blind at an early age.
- Other eye diseases in Samoyeds include persistent pupillary membranes, eyelash abnormalities, and corneal dystrophy.
The orthopedic disease of most concern in Samoyeds is hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of over 17,000 Samoyeds and found 11% dysplastic. Other orthopedic diseases in Samoyeds include elbow dysplasia (2% rate), panosteitis in young Samoyeds, osteochondritis, and luxating patella (loose knee joints).
A variety of heart diseases (subaortic stenosis, pulmonic stenosis, tricuspid valve disease, and septal defects) are a concern in Samoyeds.
Hormonal/endocrine system diseases are real problems in Samoyeds, especially diabetes (very common) and hypothyroidism. According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 15% of Samoyeds have low thyroid levels. Also reported are Addison's disease and Cushing's disease.
Epilepsy (seizures) is another health issue that's becoming a worry in Samoyeds.
Kidney disease can be severe in young Samoyeds.
As with all deep-chested breeds, Samoyeds are at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.
Allergies cause itchy skin and often lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). Other skin diseases in Samoyeds include follicular dysplasia, sebaceous adenitis, zinc-responsive dermatosis, and lick granuloma.
Blood-clotting diseases in Samoyeds include von Willebrand's and hemophilia A.
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.