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Any Dachshund owner will tell that the long spines that give us
our classic good looks are prone to disc herniation. Many other
pedigree pets have similar selective-breeding concerns. This
doesn’t mean you need to get a mutt, just be aware…and you
may want to consider pet insurance.
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M O R G A N “ T H E DAC H S H U N D ” L I N D S E Y
One of the most documented canine musculoskeletal problems, the abnormal
formation of the hip join is most common in large breeds.
The abnormal formation of the elbow causes the same symptoms as hip dysplasia
— pain, arthritis and problems walking — and is found in the same large breeds.
Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome — difficulty breathing that can get
progressively worse — is found in Pekingese and short snout dogs.
The same dogs prone to BAOS normally have shallow eye sockets and bulging eyes that
put them at a higher risk for eye trauma as well as dry eyes.
Dogs with wrinkled skin require additional care to reduce the chance of skin
infection and inflammation. Similarly, long-eared animals get more ear infections.
Is your dog itching a lot? German Shepherds, Pugs and Dalmatians are the most
susceptible, but just about any breed can have allergies passed down genetically.
This often-progressive syndrome can lead to retina degeneration. Common in
Cocker Spaniels, Poodles, Silky Terrier, Labs and hunting dogs.
Most common in Pekingese, Pugs, Pomeranians, Cockers and other dogs with
wrinkled faces where the eyelid easily folds inward, causing the rough outer
surface to rub against the eyeball.
CHONDRODYSTROPIA: This stunted leg growth is actually bred into some
animals such as Bassets, Shih Tzu and others to give them their unique looks...but
it can lead to spinal injury and difficulty walking.