Breed Specific Healthcare
One of the many ways we can customize care for your pet, is to become experts on their breed. Having knowledge about medical issues associated with specific breeds assist us in providing individualized healthcare.
Purebred dogs and cats, even mixed breeds, often suffer from illnesses specific to their breeds. As a prospective pet owner, you may want to obtain a written guarantee of health from a breeder before purchasing a puppy; reputable breeders do their best to ensure that their dogs don’t succumb to breed-specific illnesses. Here are some common illnesses specific to purebred dogs.
Hip dysplasia occurs when your dog suffers a subluxation in the hip joint. This causes abnormal wear of the joint, which leads to osteoarthritis. Dogs of all ages can develop hip dysplasia and concurrent arthritis symptoms; in some severe cases puppies as young as five months have displayed symptoms including limping and pain with exercise. For the most part, however, dogs develop hip dysplasia later in life.
Any large, deep chested dog may be vulnerable to bloat. You can avoid bloat by feeding several small meals a day instead of one or two large meals, and by encouraging your dog to rest for an hour after eating. We offer stomach tacking, which significantly reduces the chance of illness. Ask a medical staff member for more details.