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Learn about English Springer Spaniel diseases

Learn about English Springer Spaniel diseases

Health Concerns

In general, the English springer spaniel is a healthy dog with few medical concerns. However, the following diseases or disorders have been reported:

  • Glaucoma is a disease of increased pressure within the eye that leads to blindness.

  • Hypothyroidism results when the thyroid organ does function normally.

  • Epilepsy is a disorder characterized by seizures.

  • Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the hip joint that leads to arthritis.

  • Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) is a serious blood disorder that results in profound and life-threatening anemia.

  • Food Allergy affected pets develop skin allergies due to a variety of food ingredients.

  • Cutaneous histiocytoma is a benign tumor of the skin that can affect young dogs.

    In addition, the English springer spaniel is prone to ear infections and a condition called "rage" syndrome which manifests itself with signs of uncontrollable aggression.

    In addition, although these occur infrequently, the following disorders have also been reported:

  • Patent ductus arteriosis (PDA) is a congenital birth defect caused by a blood vessel that normally closes after birth, but remains open resulting in the passage of extra volumes of blood into the lungs.

  • Ventricular septal defect (VSD) is a congenital defect of the ventricular septum of the heart.

  • Malassezia dermatitis is a yeast infection of the skin caused by Malassezia pachydermatitis.

  • Primary seborrhea causes scaly skin. Some dogs are born with a defect of the normal keratinization of the skin.

  • Entropion is a problem with the eyelid that causes inward rolling. Lashes on the edge of the eyelid irritate the surface of the eyeball and may lead to more serious problems.

  • Distichiasis is a condition in which there is growth of extra eyelashes from the glands of the upper or lower eyelid.

  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) is a disorder of the eye that results when tear production is decreased.

  • Pannus is a disease of the eye resulting in inflammation.

  • Progressive retinal degeneration (PRA) is a disease that causes nerve cells at the back of the eye to degenerate. The condition can lead to blindness.

  • Cutaneous asthenia is an inherited disorder of the collagen synthesis the skin resulting in fragility and hyperextensibility of the skin.

  • Megaesophagus is a dilatation of the esophagus caused by decreased contraction of the muscles, causing food regurgitation.

  • Melanoma is a tumor arising from melanocytes, which are the cells that produce pigment.

    Life Span

    The average lifespan of the English springer spaniel is approximately 12 to 14 years.


    We realize that each dog is unique and may display other characteristics. This profile provides generally accepted breed information only.








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