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Siberian Husky: Health

As a rule, the husky’s health does not cause concern among the owners. However, the breed was bred in a region with a harsh climate and in order to adapt to it, huskies acquired some physiological features that are considered a pathology in other breeds: increased blood clotting and increased size of the heart.

Study the pedigrees of your pet’s parents, check that there are no genetic diseases in the family. Husky genetic diseases are endocrine ailments (in particular, diabetes mellitus and thyroid diseases), musculoskeletal system, diseases of the nervous system, cardiovascular system, immune system, eyes, skin diseases.

Eye diseases include glaucoma, corneal dystrophy, progressive retinal atrophy, eyelid volvulus, superficial keratitis, and cataracts. If diseases are started, they are fraught with blindness.

Occurs in husky hip dysplasia. Dogs 1.5 years old are screened for dysplasia by x-ray.

Extreme shedding shouldn’t be considered a medical condition, since it is easily treated by using the right shampoos.

Epilepsy can be classified as a neurological disease. It is incurable, but treatment can reduce the number of attacks.

Degenerative myelopathy is common in older dogs. Symptom: Difficulty moving, the dog has difficulty standing up and pulls on its hind legs. Paralysis is possible.

Cardiovascular disease is hypertension, the main symptom is hemorrhage in the eyes.

Skin diseases are most often associated with a decrease in pigmentation and allergic reactions. These are depigmentation of the nose, zinc-dependent dermatosis, atopic dermatitis.

Specific diseases of the Siberian Husky: juvenile paralysis of the throat, eosinophil granuloma of the mouth, spastic colitis, hepatic shunts.

Examine your ears regularly – so that sulfur formations and mites do not accumulate, check your eyes, teeth, and inspect wool. Watch your gait – if your dog is limping, it could be a sign of muscle or pad damage.

Monitor your body weight, feel your ribs – this way you can identify exhaustion or obesity at an early stage.

Huskies often suffer from coprophagia (eating feces), which is fraught with infection with worms. This habit must be discouraged.

Do not forget about anthelmintic measures and the prevention of tick and flea bites, vaccinate your husky on time.

In summer, in order to avoid heatstroke, you should choose the coolest time for walks.

If your husky gets sick, see your veterinarian as soon as possible. Remember that your husky’s health also depends on how you groom your dog properly.

Keep a close eye on the health of your pregnant husky.

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