6 Popular Dog Breeds and their Related Health Issues

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Things like family-friendliness, size, and activity levels are all things that should be looked at when
searching for a dog breed. Another thing you have to pay special attention to is the type of health
issues different breeds are more likely to suffer from. This will prepare you in case they manifest
themselves and will affect factors like how much you're going to have to pay for insurance and
healthcare. Let's take a look at some of the most popular dog breeds in the US and some of the
health issues commonly related to them.

Shih Tzu - Digestive Issues
Most dogs will experience digestive issues during their lifetime, but Shih Tzus tend to have more
sensitive stomachs than the average dog. They are also known for having lots of constipation issues.
If you absolutely want a Shih Tzu, we suggest you start looking at different ways to treat constipation
in dogs right now. You can always use medication to relieve it, but if you want a natural way to treat
your dog’s constipation, this can be done by giving them certain kinds of food. What can I give my dog for constipation, you ask? Well, what works for humans tends to work for dogs, and fiber will be your best friend here. This is why things like pumpkin work so well to get Shih Tzus' bowel movements going. Probiotics could also work here, and you should make sure that your dog is always properly hydrated. If you want more tips on how to treat constipation in pets naturally, this I advice from Native Pet should help.

Siberian Husky - Auto-Immune Diseases
Siberian Huskies are majestic dogs, and they are perfect if you have plenty of space, but they are
also known for having a lot of recurrent autoimmune disorders. Most of them affect the skin and can
lead to things like hair loss in various parts of the body. Some of them can affect the eyes too and
lead to cataracts and glaucoma. So, you’ll need to constantly be on the lookout for these issues and may have to administer your dog corticosteroids from time to time to inhibit their immune systems. They may also need to be prescribed immunosuppressants. 

Rottweiler - Joint Issues
Rottweilers are known for having joint issues as is often the case with large dog breeds. Things like
arthritis, hip dysplasia, and elbow dysplasia are all common with them, so you will have to be careful
with how you treat and feed them, especially as they get older. 

Bulldog - Respiratory Problems
The Bulldog has always been on the list of top dog breeds in America, and while they’re very low
maintenance and great for small spaces, they are often afflicted with all sorts of respiratory
problems. Their morphology is the main reason for this since they have a narrow trachea, a long, soft
palate, and small nostrils. This is why you need to be very careful not to overwork a bulldog, especially when it’s hot outside. They also tend to have snoring issues as well, so don’t be surprised if they get noisy during the night.

Labrador Retriever - Obesity
You might be surprised to see obesity listed as a health issue for a dog breed as active as the
Labrador retriever, but they are more prone to being overweight as they get older and their activity
levels diminish. This is why they must have sufficient physical activity no matter their age, and why
you should feed them properly when they're younger. While Labrador retrievers' activity levels will taper down with old age, they still keep their voracious appetite, however, so you may have to make some changes to their diet once they get to their twilight years. If your dog is hungry all the time, then you might want to switch some of its regular snacks with things like carrots, apples, and green beans, for instance. You should also start working on a diet plan with your vet as soon as you notice that your dog is getting heavier or is becoming less active.

Doberman Pinscher - Heart Conditions
Heart conditions are very common among dogs, and one of the breeds that are the most affected by
them is the Doberman Pinscher. They are known for getting dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM for
short, which is a condition when the heart's chamber begins to stretch out and cannot pump blood
properly. The worst thing with DCM is that the dog can look perfectly healthy until they collapse. This is why you will need to take your dog to the vet for annual checkups and be ready in case they deal with an episode. If you want to get any of the dogs on this list, make sure that you know as much as you can about them before you do. And if the dog you want wasn’t listed, speak with a vet beforehand and try
getting in contact with owners of the same breed as well.

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