In loving memory of Tally & Mayzie
 
Both of these brown girls belonged to the same family. Tally died possibly from complications with anesthesia when she was 2 yrs old. Mayzie died from an undiagnosed health issue.

 

  Heart
Although heart issues do not seem to be one of the most prevalent issues with the Spinone, heart issues do exist. One of them is Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM).  DCM is a disease of the heart muscle which causes the heart to enlarge and not function properly. The occurrence of dilated cardiomyopathy increases with age and typically has an age of onset between 4 and 10 years. The cause of DCM in dogs is still unknown; however, many factors suggest a genetic cause.

Dilated Cardiomyopathy

More information may added to this section.

 

  Hips & Elbows
Hip and elbow dysplasia is a disease that effects larger breed dogs, so our Spinoni are at risk. While there is differing viewpoints on breeding dogs that have dysplasia, testing before breeding is considered a best practice in order to know what might exist in the lines being bred.  To learn more about HD & ED, go to:

 Hips & Elbows

 

  Eyes
Dog eye problems can occur at any time. You should pay close attention to your dog's eyes just as you would their teeth, so that you can catch any possible infections or injuries immediately and have them treated.

To learn more about eye issues, go to:  Eyes

 

  Vaccinations - Contributor: Sue Moen

Proper immunization can be preventing most canine viral diseases.  Bacterial diseases can be treated but not prevented by immunizations.

The following Canine diseases are those that can be avoided with preventive medicine. 

  Allergies
Canine allergies are a lot like human allergies - dogs can react to things in the air, in their food or on their skin. Learn to recognize canine allergy symptoms, then provide your dog with needed relief.  Here are some links to sites that can aid us in determining potential issues with our dogs:

Canine Allergies and Symptoms

Canine Allergies

   
  
  Bloat
Bloat is a very serious health risk for many dogs, yet many dog owners know very little about it.  According to some, it is the second leading killer of dogs, after cancer.  It is frequently reported that deep-chested dogs, such as German Shepherds, Great Danes, and Dobermans are particularly at risk. 

To learn more about this killer, go to:  Bloat

   
 
  Thyroid
Canine thyroid disease can be tough to diagnose. The symptoms can be legion and sometimes contradictory: lethargy, mental lassitude, weight gain, dull coat, skin infections, constipation, diarrhea, cold intolerance, skin odor, hair loss, greasy skin, dry skin, reproductive problems, aggression, and more.

To learn more about thyroid disease, go to:  Thyroid

 

  Nutrition
Many of today's pet ailments and issues can be caused by incorrect feeding or poor nutrition.  Visit this site which has a comprehensive list of links for all matters pertaining to our dogs and nutrition. Canine Diet & Nutrition

 

  Cerebellar Ataxia  (CA)
To my knowledge, there has never been a case of CA in the US, with one exception where the breeder did a test breeding knowing the results might produce a CA litter.  There are lines that trace to Trusco in the US that are being bred, and none have produced a CA pup. Those with dogs they breed which trace to Trusco, follow the approved breeding plan that was implemented in the UK when this disease was identified.

I really feel the best source of information on CA would be the Italian Spinone Club of Great Britain (ISCGB).  Visit them at ISCGB - Health and select the 'Health' button at the top of the site.

 

  Epilepsy
Seizures are the result of muscle responses to an abnormal nerve-signal burst from the brain. They are a symptom of an underlying neurological dysfunction. Toxic substances, metabolic or electrolyte abnormalities and/or imbalances cause an uncoordinated firing of neurons in the cerebrum of the brain, creating seizures from mild "petit mal " to severe "grand mal".

www.canine-epilepsy.com

www.canine-epilepsy.net

www.mirage-samoyeds.com/epilepsy.htm

 

What is it like to live with a dog that has seizures? 

Read Shelley Haggerwoods story of her life with Ollie.

http://www.thedogscene.co.uk/details/living-with-canine-epilepsy-1839.html

 

  Anesthesia
 

 

  First Aid
Want information on what to do with a cut pad?  Stings & bites? Cuts? Handling an injured dog?  For answers to these questions and hundreds more, visit this site with a collection of links to sites all over the internet to answer probably any First Aid question you might have.  First Aid for Pets

 

  Misc Health Topics - Contributor: Sue Moen
Signs of Illness - Learn the signs of a healthy dog

 

Hemangiosarcoma

Hemangiosarcoma is a malignant tumor of blood vessel cells. With the exception of the skin form (which can often be eliminated by surgery), a diagnosis of hemangiosarcoma is bad news. This tumor is associated with serious internal bleeding and rapid internal spread. Fortunately, it is not a completely without therapy options and, as long as expectations are realistic, temporary remissions are possible

For more information, go to:  Hemangiosarcoma

 

Intussusception

In the same week in August of 2007, two Spinoni, one in the UK and the other in North Carolina, were diagnosed with Intussusception.  The girl in NC recovered, but the pup in the UK did not.  This information on Intussusception is dedicated in loving memory to Cashmere.

http://www.hhdane.org/medical/intussusception.htm

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?articleid=306

http://dvmnewsmagazine.com/dvm/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=73077

 

 

 
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