Whether you own a Rottweiler or are thinking of adding one to your home, it’s good to know about the common medical problems that occur in the breed. Being aware of how much you may have to spend at the veterinarian can help you decide if this really is the breed for you. And if it is, knowing what to look for can help with early detection of any problems in your beloved friend. The following are the top three health concerns for your Rottweiler.
#1 – Hip Dysplasia
Rottweilers are one of the breeds most at risk for hip dysplasia – a deformity where the femur head does not fit properly into the hip socket. It is a genetic trait, so definitely ask breeders if dogs in their lines often develop it. In Rotties especially, it often requires surgery to correct and even then the dog will develop arthritis as he ages.
#2 – Eye Issues
They also have their fair share of eye issues, including cataracts, eyelid deformities and progressive retinal atrophy, to name a few. PRA is inherited and purebred dogs that have it are registered with the Canine Eye Registration Foundation. It’s a good idea to ask any Rottweiler breeder you are speaking with about what eye diseases are present in their lines.
#3 – Sub-Aortic Stenosis
A genetic deformity where the stenosis is narrowed underneath the aortic valve, causing a blockage of blood flow. Usually detected as a heart murmur, it can be mild, moderate, or severe, and cause sudden death. Again, since it’s genetic, it is good to ask a breeder if any Rottweilers in their lines have ever had it prior to buying a puppy from them. If you are rescuing a Rottie, be sure your vet listens to their heart at the check-up. X-rays can also show signs, including fluid accumulation in the lung tissue (in severe cases).
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