Australian Cattle Dog Health Problems

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

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Australian Cattle Dog Health Problems

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Australian Cattle Dog

The most common orthopedic health issues in Queensland Heelers are hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, luxating patella, and osteochondritis.

The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 4200 Australian Cattle Dogs and found 16% dysplastic. That’s terrible for a medium-sized dog. Of 1600 elbow X-rays, 11% were dysplastic.

The most serious eye disease in the Australian Cattle Dog is progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), which can occur at 3-6 years old. Fortunately, a simple DNA test is available for PRA in Australian Cattle Dogs, so you can find out at any time whether your dog has the disease, carries the disease, or is completely clear of it.

Other eye diseases to be concerned about are luxation, glaucoma, cataracts, and occasionally retinal dysplasia.

Heart disease, epilepsy, liver shunt, and inherited deafness occur with some frequency in the Cattle Dog.

Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).

According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 13% of Australian Cattle Dogs have hypothyroidism.

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.

My best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to raise your Australian Cattle Dog in all the right ways that help prevent health problems. Become your dog’s health care champion!


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