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Pit Bull Common Health Issues

los lunas pit bullThe Pit Bull, though a controversial dog, is also one of the sweetest dogs when raised with love and good training. But with any breed, there are issues specific to the breed. Overall this is a pretty healthy breed with limited breed specific health issues.

Hip Dysplasia

The Pit Bull is a very muscular dog. But they are not immune to the hereditary defect of hip dysplasia. This is a condition that affects the joint between their hip and hind legs. Dogs with hip dysplasia may have issues with pain and discomfort. They may even develop a limp or uneven gait. If the dysplasia is really bad they may experience severe pain in their hip making it difficult for them to walk or get up. Glucosamine can help with joint lubrication. Watching their weight to make sure they do not get overweight can make a big difference in their pain levels.

Heart Issues

Pit Bulls are prone to various forms of heart disease and congenital heart defects. If your dog has any heart conditions you will want to check with your local Los Lunas veterinarian to find out if he will need any medication to treat the condition or require surgery.

Otherwise, Pit Bulls are fairly healthy dogs. They need regular exercise, which will not only keep them healthy but can help with behavioral issues towards humans or other dogs. Consult with your vet about their nutritional needs and the best feeding schedule for your dog.

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.