Rottweiler Health Concerns
Health concerns commonly found in Rotweilers
The Rottweiler is prone to the following major health
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.
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
Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis - Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis
is the abnormal narrowing between the connection between
the left ventricle and the aorta, eventually leading
to heart failure.
Osteosarcoma - Osteosarcoma is a malignant bone cancer.
Osteosarcoma is common in large breed dogs.
The Rottweiler is prone to the following minor health
Gastric Torsion - Gastric Torsion is a medical condition
in which the stomach becomes overstretched by excessive
gas content. It is also commonly referred to as bloat,
gastric torsion, and gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV)
when the stomach is also twisted.
Hypothyroidisim - Hypothyroidism is a condition in
which the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid
hormone. Early symptoms: Being more sensitive to cold;
Constipation; Depression; Fatigue or feeling slowed
Allergies - Allergies are the hypersensitivity reaction
to a particular allergen; symptoms can vary greatly
The Rottweiler occasionally has problems with the
following health conditions:
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.
Cataracts - Cataracts are opacities in the lens of
the eye, which can cause blindness.
Seizures - Seizures manifest as an alteration in mental
state, tonic or clonic movements, and convulsions.
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.
Panosteitis - Panosteitis is a common bone disease
in dogs. It manifests with sudden, otherwise unexplained
pain and lameness sometimes shifting from leg to leg,
usually between 5 and 14 months of age.
Entropion - Entropion is the inversion of the eyelids,
so that they roll inward, often irritating the eye.
Ectropion - Ectropion is eversion of the eyelids, so
that they roll out from the eye, leaving a gap between
the lid and the eye.
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