Vizslas are just like any other breed of dog; they can get sick. So, to help you avoid the most common causes of death in Vizslas. Here’s a compiled list below.
Dogs can inherit several different types of bleeding disorders, ranging in severity from very mild to very severe. Vizslas are prone to relatively rare blood diseases. These include hypofibrinogenemia and Von Willebrand’s disease. Sometimes, your vizslas can appear normal until a serious injury occurs and when surgery was conducted
Dental disease is the leading chronic problem in pets, affecting 80% of dogs by age two. Sadly, your Vizsla is more likely than other breeds to have problems with her teeth. This health concern can cut your Vizsla’s lifespan by one to three years.
Dental disease starts with tartar buildup on the teeth, which progresses to infection of the gums and roots of the teeth. If not properly treated, it could lead to kidney disease, liver failure, heart problems, and joint pain.
Many different conditions can affect your dog’s eyes, but for Vizslas, their more common types of eye problems are hereditary. Glaucoma, Cataracts, Distichiasis, Entropion are the most common types of eye problems this type of bread can inherit or develop.
Vizslas are also prone to seizures or uncontrollable jerking, usually falling to the side and making paddling motions with their legs that can last from less than a minute to several minutes. This problem is often an inherited condition that causes an abnormal, uncontrolled burst of electrical activity in the brain.
Like any other dog breed, vizslas are also not safe from cancer. At a young age, vizslas are prone to develop certain kinds of cancer. Lymphoma or lymphosarcoma and Hemangiosarcoma are what you should watch out for since it is the most common type of cancer they usually have.
Vizslas are subject to a variety of infectious agents, including parvo, rabies, and distemper. Luckily, with a series of vaccinations. Prevention is always better than cure.
Obesity is another common health problem with Vizslas. It can cause disorders in metabolism, heart diseases, and back pain and it needs to be taken seriously. It is always important to never overfeed your dog.
Fleas, ticks, and ear mites can infest your Vizsla’s skin and ears. They can get it from playing in contaminated mud, dirty waters, or from a mosquito bite. Get your dog tested regularly in addition to some preventive medications. Some of it can be transferred to you and your household and may cause serious problems.
Typically, during the Vizsla’s of 1-5 years, it may have dry and scaly skin and lose hair on the neck, back, and top of the head. Veterinary treatment for the skin condition is usually long-term, and your Vizsla will need to be given fatty acid supplements. You will also need to use a special shampoo that removes dead hair and skin.
Keeping Your Vizsla Healthy
Being aware and properly educated of all the potential health concerns of your Vizsla can save your dog’s life, your time, as well as resources in the long run. Always make sure to adopt from a reputable breeder, ensuring your dog gets proper vaccinations, high-quality nutrition, and adequate exercise. These health problems can be prevented or avoided as some occur later in life.