Husky health is a very important consideration for any owner. Huskies are a very sturdy breed that manages to avoid many common dog health problems. The husky is a very resilient breed of and is in fact known for having very few health issues. Your husky’s health should not be taken for granted and will proper health care your husky will only need a yearly visit for vaccinations and a general examination check up. There are two primary health concerns that Huskies owners do need to be aware of and look out for. It is a good idea to ask the breeder that you are purchasing if there is a history of these two medical conditions. When your dog is in your care, keep an eye out for the symptoms of these conditions.
Hip Dysplasia is a condition that is normally passed on from one generation to the next. It is not possible to diagnose the condition in your husky at birth but you will notice symptoms at around the 1 – 2 years of age. Hip Dysplasia does not affect male or female huskies in any disproportionate numbers. Hip Dysplasia can be relatively minor in some cases and also majorly debilitating in other cases. Not only is the problem very uncomfortable for your husky it can also stop your husky from being a show dog. If you have plans to purchase a husky puppy as a future show dog you need to be very aware of hip dysplasia.
On a positive note, hip dysplasia is only a very rare husky health problem with huskies. With improvements in testing and detection, hip dysplasia is being ‘bred out’ of husky lines and there are not less cases of hip dysplasia in huskies. It is still a good idea to get some assurance from the breeder you are purchasing from that your husky puppy does not have hip dysplasia in either line.
Husky health problems are more likely to be related to the eyes. Cataracts are the most common eye condition that affects huskies. Even though this is quite a common condition with huskies the good news is that cataracts in most cases will not cause your husky to go blind. It is a good idea to get your veterinarian to check your huskies eyes annually just in case they have a more severe form of cataracts that can cause blindness.
Another health problem is corneal dystrophy of the eye. This husky health condition will normally not show up until your husky is at least 3 years of age. Once again get your veterinarian to pay particular attention to your huskies eyes during each annual check-up.
Even though husky health issues are relatively uncommon, you still need to be vigilant with your huskies health. Being aware of potential health problems is the first step and you are now more informed than you were. Doing thorough investigation into the lines of your husky before purchasing is also necessary. Once you have purchase your husky puppy, you should find a veterinarian that has experience in diagnosing and treating husky health problems.