memory of Tally & Mayzie
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.
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.
More information may added to this section.
|| Hips &
|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
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:
- 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
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
Canine Allergies and Symptoms
|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
To learn more about this killer, go to:
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:
|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
|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.
|| First Aid
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