Which Dog Breeds Have The Most Nutritional Problems?
People consider various things when choosing a dog. Some consider the physical appearance of the dogs, their activity levels, or even their maintenance costs.
While these things should really be thought about, most people miss the most important thing to consider: the dog’s health. Unfortunately, not all dog breeds are as healthy as the others.
What are the dog breeds with the worst health problems?
One of the dog breeds that are prone to more nutritional problems is the Cocker Spaniels. They are surely one of the best-looking dogs, but unfortunately, they’re prone to joint problems and heart diseases.
The charming and crowd favourite for Western household, the Golden Retrievers, also has many possible health problems. They are prone to skin allergies because of their long hair and hip dysplasia because of their big frame.
On the other hand, Poodles are vulnerable to eye diseases such as developing cataracts even at a young age.
Bulldogs’ small nostrils make them susceptible to various respiratory problems. Overactivity also poses a great risk to their health, especially during warm weather.
Next is another crowd favorite among households— Beagles. This breed is vulnerable to brain development problems such as seizures. Since brain treatments tend to be more expensive, this makes Beagles one of the most high-maintenance dogs among the bunch.
Last but certainly not least are the Boxers. According to studies, their breed is the most common one to develop lymphoma and other kinds of cancer. But as long as these problems will be addressed immediately, Boxers can live a healthy life.
What are other common dog health problems and how can you solve them?
Is your dog not mentioned among the unhealthiest dog breeds. Unfortunately, your not really in the safe zone. There are still lots of diseases that all dog breeds can acquire.
Low immunity is also common among dogs. This can be triggered by an imbalanced diet and lack of essential nutrients. This makes dogs less active and more vulnerable to infectious diseases.
Some dogs also suffer various digestive orders such as frequent diarrhea and pancreatitis. Not only do they cause lethargy to dogs, but they also make food consumption useless as nutrients will not be absorbed by the body. This is why digestive supplements are often recommended.
The next one is poor skin and coat condition. The most common misconception is that this is only a problem for dogs with fluffy fur, but that’s not really the case. Those who don’t have much fur tend to be more susceptible to wounds, making them vulnerable to bacterial infections.
Whether or not your dogs are mentioned on the list of dog breeds prone to nutritional problems, you must always give a balanced diet with a daily dose of essential vitamins. Remember that with proper care, these unhealthy breeds can turn out to be the healthiest ones.
Because dogs tend to feed on everything they lay their hands on, one of the most common dog health problems is obesity. While fluffy dogs sure look cute, obesity can trigger more serious diseases such as joint pains and diabetes.
Laura Robinson, DMV
Dr Laura practices at the Antonio Animal Hospital in California, where she was born and raised. She is an advisor to Wuffes, ensuring all our products and content is of the highest standard