Pitbull Health Issues And Proper Pit Bull Care
Common Pitbull Diseases And Ailments You Should Be Prepared For.
The American Pit Bull Terrier is typically a very hardy breed with immense strength and durability. They have a remarkable pain tolerance and tenacity that make rough and tumble play a favorite for them. However just like any other species, breed, or race there are a few health concerns that are more common with Pitbulls that you should take into consideration. Please take note that while Pit Bulls tend to be more vulnerable to these particular ailments most Pit Bulls live long healthy lives.
1. Pitbull Terriers are prone to a few certain environmental allergies. The most common environmental allergen is a flea saliva allergy. Pit Bulls can also develop allergies to certain foods, pollen, and tobacco smoke, even common human allergies such as wool or grass. Allergies are usually mild and can be detected easily at your veterinarian.
2. Pitbulls are also sometimes prone to congenital heart disease. When you are having your new Pit Bull pup examined by a veterinary professional make sure to have him checked for heart defects and diseases such as valvular disease, PDA (palent ductus arteriosis) and pericardial disease.
3. Hip Dysphasia can be a concern for a pit bull owner as well. Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the hip joint. It is almost always seen by the age 18 months and the vet should easily identify it. The result of Hip Dysplasia is a femur bone that periodically slips out of the pelvis causing extreme pain, but is not a death sentence for the dog.
4. A much more serious disease that can sometimes occur in Pit bull Terriers; but is not particularly common, is Von Willenbrands Disease Type 1. This is a bleeding disorder that can be life threatening.
5. Finally gastric disorders also have a slightly higher than average chance to plague Pitbulls health. Bloat is a serious problem that is relatively common to most large breed very active dogs including American Pitbull Terriers. Bloat can happen if a dog becomes to active after eating. The stomach can swell and twist during post dinner over activity the twisted stomach cuts off the dog's ability to expel gas by belching or vomiting. Bloat can be fatal.
A gastric disorder called Giardia; the infestation of a protozoa in the digestive tract, is My Pitbull Kalypso's primary health problem. This causes a lack of appetite and severe diarrhea. Lucky for her it is easily remedied with antibiotics.
Proper American Pitbull Care And Practices For Good Pitbull Health
Your vet is you and your dog's friend. Many people shun or even ignore the medical requirements of their dogs. Ignoring the vet can often shorten the life span of your Pitbull or drastically reduce their quality of life.
Upon acquiring any new dog taking them to a vet should be one of your first priorities, many people buying from breeders even take their new pet to a vet before they purchase to ensure good health.
Your veterinarian will help you set up a schedule for future visits to ensure timely pet health checkups and vaccination schedules. Above all, if your dog seems to be acting strange or ill, a vet fee is small in comparison to the well being of your dog, and catching things early can often be considerably cheaper in the long run.
Vaccinating your pet will not only keep vet costs low, it can extend the average life span of your dog. Heart worm preventative vaccines, de worming, and flea and tick medications are all very important to your Pitbulls health. Heart worms are easy to avoid and can potentially kill your dog. Fleas and ticks can spread disease. These precautions may seem costly and time consuming but can save you money and grief in the long haul.
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In addition to medication and vaccinations your veterinarian will also be able to properly neuter your puppy. If you don't intend to breed your dog Pitbull Friends highly recommends getting your dog spayed or neutered. If you choose not to spay or neuter your dog make sure you know what you need to about your Dogs Heat Cycle. The heat cycle still affects you if your dog is male, your male dog will do everything he can to get at an unspayed female and must be guarded.