By Michele Welton, Dog Trainer, Breed Selection Consultant, Author of 15 Dog Books
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Australian Kelpie Health Problems
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3 Best Ways To Feed Your Dog Healthy Food
You can dramatically increase your dog’s chances of living a long, healthy life by feeding the right food. Cutting right to the chase, the best foods for your Australian Kelpie are… [read more]
Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Australian Kelpie puppy really need? Does your adult dog need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed! Find out what some vets aren’t telling you… [read more]
Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Should your female Australian Kelpie be spayed? Current research says, “The AGE at which you spay can be vitally important to your dog’s future health.” So what’s the best age? [read more]
Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Have you been told that you must neuter your male Australian Kelpie? Current research shows that the issue is not so simple. Pet owners are not being told about some risks associated with neutering male dogs, especially neutering too early… [read more]
Assisi Loop Review
Does your Kelpie suffer from arthritis, hip dysplasia, disk disease, colitis? My honest review of a veterinary device you can use at home to reduce inflammation and pain. [read more]
There isn’t much information on health problems in this breed. Most Kelpies are kept as working dogs on stock farms. As such, many of them are unregistered, and their owners don’t belong to any official organizations where statistics are compiled.
But hip dysplasia definitely occurs in the Kelpie. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 140 Australian Kelpies and found 8% dysplastic. That’s surprisingly high for a working dog, where sound structure should be of the highest importance.
Eye diseases in Australian Kelpies include PRA (which always leads to blindness), cataracts (developing at 4-6 years old), collie eye anomaly, and coloboma.
A severe neurological disease called cerebellar ataxia can occur in Australian Kelpies, though fortunately it’s rare.
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.
My best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to raise your Australian Kelpie in all the right ways that help prevent health problems. Become your dog’s health care champion!