Weimaraners health issues
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Weimaraners health issues like all other dog breeds are mostly genetics. Owning a Weimaraner is not just enough, You need to know all it takes to raise a healthy and strong Weimaraner dog to be able to satisfy your family needs, That may be a hiking partner, hunting companion, or just a family Weimaraner dog that will stay at home and keep you company. It is but very important that all Weimaraner Puppy owners should know exactly what health issues they encounter and how to spot or recognize your Weimaraner puppy/dog has developed a health issue. In this article, we will try to cover the Weimaraners health issues and possible signs and symptoms. You should understand that not all Weimaraners health problems are as a result of Hereditary, Genetic and Congenital conditions.Before adopting a Weimaraner dog, either from a Weimaraner rescue or from a Weimaraner breeder, it is advisable to talk with the owner or breeder about these health issues before making the final decision.
A lot of Weimaraner newbies always look at only the positive side before adopting their puppy, They usually focus on
- A perfect companion and family dog
- Intelligence and trainable
- A nice short coat which is easy to care for
- Having a sweet and friendly personality
- Big, strong with lots of stamina and athletic
This is lovely thinking but you may however in the long run notice these other characteristics and as such, they are more things to know about a Weimaraner before adoption.
Weimaraner Dental Disease
This is a chronic problem that arises as a result of lack of care, Most dogs breed face this problem because their owners are too busy with little or no time to brush the teeth of their dogs. About 80% of dogs gradually face this problem as they grow older or aged. Dogs Dental diseases start from tartar build-up on the teeth and progress to infection of the gums and roots of teeth. If not treated your dog might lose her teeth and in danger of developing other diseases like kidneys, liver, heart, and joints. This will shorten the lifespan of your dog. It is necessary to take time out to clean your dog’s teeth and maintain its white dental formula.
Cervical spondylomyelopathy (CSM)
This is a disease that is normal to giant-breed dogs.CSM is compression of the spinal cord or nerve roots, this leads to neck pain. It is usually referred to as Wobbler syndrome. Dogs with wobbler syndrome show symptoms of neck pain or stiffness, weakness, possible short-strided walking, partial or complete paralysis, possible muscle loss near the shoulders, worn or scuffed toenails from uneven walking, increase the extension of all four limbs, and difficulty getting up from a lying position. Wobbler syndrome is caused by nutrition( excess protein, calcium, and calories in the case of Great Danes) or fast growth.
Weimaraners Health (Hip Dysplasia)
What is Hip Dysplasia?
Hip Dysplasia is a disease common in dogs that are caused by degeneration of the joints.
When your dog is healthy, the hip joints, the femur, and pelvic bones fit perfectly together, when the dog is unhealthy or has a dysplastic hip, the bones and joints do not fit perfectly together. dogs with a hip dysplasia problem suffer from wear and tear on the bones which turn into arthritis which can be extremely painful for your dog. Hip dysplasia is most common in older Weimaraner dogs.
Symptoms of Hip Dysplasia
Dogs with hip dysplasia have similar symptoms to those of arthritis. Below are some symptoms of hip dysplasia.
-Difficulties getting up from a lying position
-Reluctance to stand, jump or climb stairs
-Loss of muscle tone
-Stiffness, pain, or discomfort after exercise.
Hip dysplasia can be found within any dog breed regardless of age and size. However, it is common in large breeds and older dogs.
What to do if you discover that your dog is suffering from hip dysplasia?
It could be very heartbreaking for you to know that your Weimaraner dog or any dog breed is suffering from Hip dysplasia. If you suspect any of the above signs in your dog, contact your vet and discuss the signs and possible treatment of hip dysplasia. There are a lot of drugs available that will help reduce the pain your dog might be going through. But note that these drugs all have side effects.
Gastric Torsion is a health issue common to large or giant dog breeds. Weimaraner Dogs are not that large but still face the same problems. Gastric Torsion occurs when a dog play, run or exercise after feeding. It doesn’t matter if it is food or liquid, This organ will eventually dilate as the ligaments cannot hold excessive weight.
During Movement(Playing) together with dilation causes the stomach to turn on itself or twists. After which the blood vessels supplying the stomach may not be able to function adequately as such the fabric of the organ’s entrance and existence start to undergo necrosis. The retained food begins to form gas that bloats the dog’s belly.
This can be a critical situation to the whims life, In a situation where you notice your Weimaraner has drunk or eaten too much and thereafter has been playing with it mate, and soon after starts trying to unsuccessfully to vomit or becomes lifeless, more so if you notice the whims belly start to bloats, Rush immediately to your vet for an urgent surgery.
Weimaraner Eyes Problem
Looking at those beautiful gray, blue-gray, or amber eyes color, no first-time Weimaraner owner will ever imagine those cute eyes are prone to some ocular health problems that he or she should be aware of.
Entropion is a situation that occurs when a Weimaraner eyelid rolls inward, Allowing the eyelashes to make direct physical contact with the cornea which is very irritating. if this irritation continues without treatment, it will result in painful cornea ulceration.
Entropion can be noticed in the upper or lower eyelid of a Weimaraner. It can affect only one eye or both eyes depending on how severe it is. This disease can be hereditary some signs of entropion include
-Yellow, White or green ocular discharge.
-Pawing at the eye
Once you notice your Weimaraner Dog is persistently rubbing his eyes contact your vet immediately for entropion diagnoses.