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Does your breed have 'special needs'?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Wyrd, Nov 22, 2012.


  1. Wyrd

    Wyrd PetForums VIP

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    Thought it might be interesting to see if any other breeds have any 'special needs'.

    Dalmatians are prone to urate stones so need a low purine diet. They are also more prone to deafness. (other Dally owners feel free to add more :D)
     
  2. missRV

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    My previous dog's breed is prone to canine hip dysplacia... average life span 10-14 years, she lived to a healthy 17/18 years.

    My current dog is a mixed breed (kc spaniel x bichon) so with the KC spaniel comes a number of health problems but the bichon tends to be healthy. Her being a mixed breed should hopefully let her see some health benefits. She has problems with her ears but we clean them out daily and her eyes get gunky but they get cleaned daily too
     
  3. Sheen and Eli

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    Sighthounds are very sensitive to pain, they're not just mardy.
    The vet used a cat needle for E's jabs :D
     
  4. CheddarS

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    My Weimie's special needs are me...or any human. He really doesn't like being left on his own (although he got an excellent report at the kennels).
     
  5. ballybee

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    Spinones are prone to bloat, they also can have a horrible condition called Cerebral Ataxia which affects movement and dogs with this condition will be PTS before they reach 12 months old as it's such a severe disease.

    Ridgebacks can get dermoid sinus(basically a hole in their back) which needs to be removed surgically, and i think rotties can have weak cruciates. Labs obviously can get eye issues and all 3 breeds can get HD and bloat.

    Thankfully both my boys are good and healthy :eek:
     
  6. BessieDog

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    Irish setter owners need a sense of humour! :rolleyes:
     
  7. Netpon

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    Rotties are prone to cruciate problems, entropian (ingrowing eyelids), hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and bone cancer. They are a robust, stoic breed so by the time they let you know something is wrong they've probably been suffering for a while
     
  8. catz4m8z

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    Chihuahuas are prone to luxating patellas and heart problems are becoming more common.
    Dachshunds can get PRA (causes blindness) and you need to be careful of their spines. I have puppy stairs to the bed and the sofas, try and restrict access to the stairs indoors and in the garden as much as possible and make sure I only ever pick Hannah up by supporting her properly....and she's only half a Dachshund!:rolleyes:
     
  9. dandogman

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    No.

    They are prone to HD, ED, eye defects, but they shouldn't really get any of these if they are from health tested lines, so no I wouldn't say my breed has any special needs. Obviously bloat too, but that is a general large breed thing.
     
  10. 5headh

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    Agreed! Alfred isnt a whippet X he is a wimpet :p
     
  11. Gemmaa

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    Danny was digging in his bed with his head upside down and resting on the bottom of the bed...I'm going to say yes. ;)
     
  12. Thorne

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    Labs are also prone certain cancers: melanoma, sarcoma and mast cell. The Animal Health Trust are researching these at the moment.

    I think they're fairly prone to epilepsy too?

    Healthy parents sadly doesn't necessarily mean healthy puppies so with all breeds health problems can pop up even from tested stock, although the chances are far slimmer.

    As for their mental adolescent stage - DEFINITELY special needs! :eek:
     
  13. dandogman

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    ha ha ha I would agree!!!
     
  14. Zaros

    Zaros Pet Forums, P/resident Evil

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    You mean me? :blush:


    Seriously, Sarplaninacs do have 'Special Needs'

    The most crucial requirements are space and the relative peace and quiet within that space.

    These two criteria alone are the main considerations for the welfare of these animals.

    If they are not working Dogs then it is the responsibility of the owner to provide adequate stimulation in order to prevent them from becoming bored.

    Sars just don't play with conventional dog toys.

    Long slow walks in areas where they can be free to wander and investigate their surroundings and the environment at their own leisure.

    Suburbia is not recommended for this Dog and it would be an inconsiderate and cruel act confining them to such.
     
  15. foxyrockmeister

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    My nickname for my two, other than the pickles, is 'special needs' :rolleyes:
     
  16. Jobeth

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    Yorkies are prone to trachea collapse and mine has a harness rather than a flat collar.
     
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