It’s summer and everywhere you look there’s someone walking around with an adorable dog. We know that there’s a lot of dog envy going around right now and since the shelters and pet stores are also out in full force trying to secure adoptions, we know how tempting it can be to go home with the world’s cutest puppy!
Of course, we support pet adoptions 100 percent, but for those who are planning to do more research on what breed might be best, here’s a rundown of the dog breeds that are the most prone to medical issues.
- Bulldogs – congenital heart disease, heart attack, collapsed nostrils, heatstroke, respiratory difficulties, eyelid abnormalities, skin conditions
- German Shepherds – hip Dysplasia, bloat, gastric disorders, penosteitis, spinal paralysis, eye disease, and skin conditions
- Great Danes – hip Dysplasia, bloat, bone cancer, heart disease, tumors
- Golden Retriever – hip Dysplasia, PRA, VWD, serious heart problems, cataracts, skin conditions, eye abnormalities, epilepsy.
- Bull Terrier – deafness, eye disease
- Pinscher – demodectic Mange, Epilepsy, Patellar Luxation, Legg’s Perthes Disease
- Poodle – PRA, cataracts, glaucoma, eye and ear infections, digestive problems, skin conditions, heart disease, and epilepsy
- Schnauzer – cataracts, corneal disorders, kidney stones, bleeding disorders, liver disease, heart disease, diabetes, skin conditions, cysts
- Pug – eye lacerations, eyeball prolapse, eyelid abnormalities, respiratory difficulties, heatstroke, collapsed nostrils, and heart problems
Of course, if a dog has issues, it doesn’t mean that you can’t love it as much or won’t treat it as part of your family. And, dogs not included on this list can have costly accidents or injuries as well. The best thing to do when you’re looking to adopt a pet is plenty of research on the breed you’re looking for and to always purchase insurance that can help you save money on routine and catastrophic care.
Sources: Dogpack.com, SmallDogBreedsList.net, Mainstreet.com, Huffington Post, MedicineNet.com