The Shetland Sheepdog is not exempted from developing health issues. Like most dogs, they have the potential to inherit diseases from their parents, especially coming from those that are bred through malpractice. This is the reason why dog owners that want to adopt Shelties into their family must go to the most reputable breeders.
There are certain problems found commonly among the Sheltie breed.
One of them is the eyes of the Sheltie puppy. Most Shelties usually suffer from a huge number of eye problems, including the CEA or Collie Eye Anomaly, optic nerve hypoplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, and corneal dystrophy. The breeder of your choosing must show proof that the parent’s eyes of the puppy got through the CERF or Canine Eye Registration Foundation done in the previous year. You should also talk to your vet about the times the eyes of your Sheltie must be evaluated for a series of problems.
Other health issues and concerns with a Sheltie are hip dysplasia, congenital deafness, hypothyroidism, congenital elbow luxation and the patent ductus arteriosus. The von Willibrand’s disease is also common among Shelties, which is a blood clotting issue that can leave them bleeding to death when they acquire a small injury or when they go through surgery. They can also acquire genetic mutation, which makes this breed sensitive to common drugs used in the veterinary field.
While most of the problems above can be checked through screening tests, there are other health issues that the Shelties can’t be done with it. These include epilepsy, skin allergies, and the Dermatomyositis, which is a skin disease that specifically affects a particular breed. It is also known as the Sheltie Skin Syndrome. This particular disease strikes at dogs around 4 and six months. The symptoms are dominated by hair loss on the face, head, tail and front legs.
This disease can be diagnosed using the tissue biopsy. In most severe cases, usually affecting the muscles, can be very difficult to treat. This disease’s genetics comes in a very complicated design that it can be very challenging to the screen. However, research is already underway at the Texas A&M University so as to develop a DNA test for this.
Take note that not all of the conditions above can be identified or detected in growing Sheltie puppies can it can also be very difficult to predict such maladies. Which is the reason why you must go to the most reputable breeder that practices the best breeding techniques?