Health Concernes in Australian Cattle
The Australian Cattle Dogs are prone
to the following health conditions:
Canine Hip Dysplasia - Hip dysplasia
is an abnormal formation of the hip socket
that, in its more severe form, can eventually
cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis
of the joints. It is a polygenic trait,
that is affected by environmental factors
in the production of the final phenotype.
It can be found in many animals and occasionally
in humans, but is most commonly associated
with dogs, and is common in many dog breeds,
particularly the larger breeds.
Osteochondritis Dissecans - Osteochondritis
Dissecans is a joint disorder in which
cracks form in the articular cartilage
and the underlying subchondral bone. Osteochondritis
Dissecans usually causes pain and swelling
of the affected joint which catches and
locks during movement.
Deafness - Deafness is the inability
to hear in either one or both ears.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy - Progressive
Retinal Atrophy is a group of genetic
diseases seen in certain breeds of dogs
and, more rarely, cats. It is characterized
by the bilateral degeneration of the retina,
causing progressive vision loss culminating
in blindness. The condition in nearly
all breeds is inherited as an autosomal
recessive trait, with the exception of
the Siberian Husky and the Bullmastiff.
There is no treatment.
Elbow Dysplasia - Elbow dysplasia is
a condition involving multiple developmental
abnormalities of the elbow-joint in the
dog, specifically the growth of cartilage
or the structures surrounding it. These
abnormalities, known as 'primary lesions',
give rise to osteoarthritic processes.
The Australian Cattle Dogs occasionally
have problems with the following health
Cataracts - Cataractsare opacities in
the lens of the eye, which can cause blindness.
Persistent Pupillary Membrane - Persistent
Pupillary Membrane is a condition of the
eye involving remnants of a fetal membrane
that persist as strands of tissue crossing
the pupil. The pupillary membrane in mammals
exists in the fetus as a source of blood
supply for the lens. It normally atrophies
from the time of birth to the age of four
to eight weeks.
von Willebrand's Disease - von Willebrand's
Disease is a condition where you have
defective blood platelet function resulting
in excessive bleeding, caused a by a deficiency
in clotting factor.
About the Author:
Logan Winters is a long time dog owner
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