Siberian Huskies are a very healthy hardy breed and can live 11-13 years. Huskies are healthier than many other purebred dog breeds! Bred to survive Negative temps, withstand long hours of running below are a few issues anyone looking to be owned by a Siberian Husky should know about
* You must have a good flea/lice/mite/heartworm/deworm treatment/prevention program this is so important for the overall health of your dog. I highly recommend REVOLUTION this prevents Heartworm/fleas/some ticks/Lice/Mites and even helps with deworming. It is a topical treatment given once a month you need an RX from your Veterinarian. Please click the link below to learn more about it. It is my top and the only choice for my dogs, so many are so harmful these days and even cause liver/kidney failure as well as Seizures in some dogs.
*Hip Dysplasia: crucial note: diets high in calcium have been found to contribute to hip dysplasia. It is very hard to find a dog food that isn't crazy high in this mineral. My dog food is a perfect ratio as I can find, though Siberians only 2.2% of the breed is affected by dysplasia do know Hip Dysplasia is Poly-genetic meaning multiple genes are involved so literally two OFA Excellent dogs can produce a dog with Dysplasia. So be mindful of this. Thank goodness Siberians are not a breed at high risk.
*Seizures: This one goes hand and hand with Zinc deficiency and Malabsorption in the breed. Some Siberians are more prone to both of these issues. Always making sure your Siberians diet contains enough Zinc is crucial. Seizures are becoming more and more common and no genes have been found as per the cause. Diet is key to health I believe in many things. Siberian Huskies make the top of the list for being prone to Epilepsy. Most of the time easily treated but can mean life long medication to control them CBD oil has been used as a natural treatment with great promise and many dogs never need medication if CBD is being used. This trait can be polygenetic meaning multiple gene involvement and may show up in a pup and never show up again in future breedings. Also, new flea and tick control meds on the market have been a huge cause of epilepsy in dogs. Often even once dogs come off the flea meds they can have life long damage and still have issues. Not enough control or regulation on this BEWARE.
Hereditary or Juvenile Cataracts. This horrific eye disease can appear in Huskies when they are puppies.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) PRA is a disease that affects the retina in the dog's eyes. ...
Corneal Dystrophy. Make sure your breeder is getting dogs eyes Cerf Exams.
*Follicular Dysplasia and Alopecia X: is quite common for the breed and Siberian Huskies are at very high risk for this. Begins with hair loss in patches and can be widespread this and black skin disease both are autoimmune based, this is not life-threatening and is autoimmune based, but can be unsightly. This will not affect the longevity of your dog.
*Hypothyroidism: This has to do with your dogs’ thyroid gland. In this, the amount of secretion of their thyroid hormone is not normal and underactive most of the time. When your Siberian Huskies have this disease, you can observe a gain in weight without eating more or in fact eating less. Fur loss and bald spots is another sign. Often Siberians are tired and seek out warm places to lay for the body temp is regulated by the thyroid gland.
*Hot Spots: Siberians are more prone to this, a common cause is allergies to food or environment ( though I have never had a dog have one ever), and parasites. Be sure your dog is on a prescribed Flea/tick/mite/lice preventive. Our dogs are all on Revolution and we love it. I also recommend Bravecto for Older dogs and for people seeking another option.
*Yeast: Siberians have been known to often have an overproduction of yeast. Apple cider vinegar given orally is good as well as a good probiotic supplement. I also like to use a chlorhexidine 4% shampoo that you can purchase on Amazon I use this whenever I give the dogs a bath this cuts down on bacteria on the skin so the hair follicles get good nutrition and the skin says healthy.
*Siberian Huskies make one of the top breeds to have Spontaneous Pneumothorax please read this to know the symptoms in case your dog is one of them.https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/pneumothorax-in-dogs
* Siberians do make the top list as breeds prone to Diabetes especially once they are older. All of our dog's blood sugar we monitor very close with the same glucose monitor a vet office would use and do this randomly and never have had an issue with our dogs, but do know it is a common issue for our breed and many become diabetic as they age.
:) Overall our breed the Siberian Husky is considered a pretty healthy breed of dog, with longevity behind them due to metabolism that is much needed to survive 75 deg below 0 living 9-15 years, they are easy keepers being a Northern breed they utilize energy and fats well. They are not a large breed only 35-60 lbs tops. They are light-footed and do not smell I Love this breed dearly.
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