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Vizsla Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton, Dog Trainer, Breed Selection Consultant, Author of 15 Dog Books


Start your Vizsla off on the right foot by feeding the right food, giving the right vaccinations, finding the right vet, and if you're going to spay or neuter, don't do it too early.

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Vizsla Health Problems

Or check out my advice for raising a healthy Vizsla puppy or adult dog:

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Information on spaying Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
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Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
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Complete list of Vizsla health problems

The Vizsla Club of America Welfare Foundation conducted an official Health Survey of owners about their dogs' health. Over 2500 owners responded.


The Vizsla owners who responded to the survey stated that epilepsy is the #1 health concern in Vizslas today.

Epilepsy means chronic seizures of unknown origin. The disease can be tricky to manage. Male Vizslas are twice as likely to have epilepy compared to females.

Temperament problems

Over 25% of Vizslas in the survey were reported with a temperament issues.

A temperament issue is an undesirable behavior that affects the dog's physical or psychological health, or makes the dog difficult to live with.

The most common temperament issues in Vizslas were reported as being fearful (especially of loud noises), being timid, reactive, excitable, hyperactive, etc.


Over 24% of Vizlas in the survey developed tumors (especially mast cell tumors) and/or cancer (especially hemangiosarcoma and lymphoma).

Based on the survey, Vizslas who were spayed or neutered had a much greater incidence of cancer (33% rate) than Vizslas who were not spayed or neutered (9% rate).

Yes, you read that right. Spayed and neutered Vizslas also have much higher rates of specific cancers such as hemangiosarcoma and lymphoma.

Why do so many neutered Vizslas get cancer, while so many non-neutered dogs don't? Probably because the reproductive hormones that are removed by spaying and neutering also happen to provide some protection against cancer cells.

Skin and allergy problems

Over 20% of Vizslas have some sort of skin disorder. The most common is chronic allergies, which cause itchy skin that leads to scratching, breakage of the skin, and skin infections.

Adolescent Vizlsas are prone to developing demodectic mange. It's not usually too serious, but it can be.

The most serious skin disease in Vizslas is sebaceous adenitis, an inflammatory autoimmune disease that causes itchy, scaly lesions and hair loss.

Fortunately it occurs at a low rate because so many responsible Vizsla breeders are testing for it before breeding. But when it does occur, it can be a nasty disease.

Eye diseases

Eye diseases in Vizslas include eyelid abnormalities, cataracts (in both young Vizslas and seniors), glaucoma, and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).

Vizslas are also prone to melanosis, which mean the development of dark pigmented growths on their eyelids.

The most common orthopedic disease in Vizslas is hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 16,000 Vizslas and found 7% dysplastic. Elbow dysplasia occurs less frequently.

Disorders of the blood

Blood-clotting diseases and autoimmune diseases that target the blood are concerns in the Vizsla.

Other health problems

Heart murmurs and arrhythmias can occur in Vizslas.

As with all deep-chested breeds, Vizslas are at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.

Hypothyroidism occurs in Vizslas. According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 12% of Vizslas have low thyroid levels.

A fairly recent disease in Vizslas is a muscle-wasting syndrome where the muscles of the dog's head become weak and unable to chew food or pick up toys.

Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if your dog inherits from his parents the genes for an eye disease called PRA, he will go blind and there's nothing anyone can do about it.

Dog feeding and health book by Michele Welton But most health problems can be prevented by the ways you raise your dog.

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Michele Welton with BuffyAbout the author: Michele Welton has over 40 years of experience as a Dog Trainer, Dog Breed Consultant, and founder of three Dog Training Centers. An expert researcher and author of 15 books about dogs, she loves helping people choose, train, and care for their dogs.

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