Shetland Sheepdog diseases - Part 2

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Shetland Sheepdog diseases - Part 2

Shetland Sheepdog diseases - Part 2

  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a disease that causes nerve cells at the back of the eye to degenerate. The condition usually begins in older pets and can lead to blindness.

  • Deafness congenital deafness occurs in double merle colored dogs.

  • Renal dysplasia - is the abnormal development of the kidneys. Problems usually begin when the pet is less than one year of age and include lack of appetite, stunted growth or weight loss, lethargy, drinking and urinating an unusually large amount and vomiting.

  • Corneal dystrophy - causes the appearance of spots on the surface (cornea) of the eye. This condition usually occurs in both eyes and does not affect vision.

  • 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.

  • von Willebrand's Disease is a disorder that results in the inability to clot blood. Affected animals will bleed extensively following trauma or surgery.

  • Nasal tumors - may occur in some dogs.

  • Testicular tumors are tumors that involve the testicles in intact male dogs.

  • Congenital elbow luxation - is a dislocation of the elbow joint.

    Although uncommon, the following disorders may also be seen in this breed:

  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Pemphigus foliaceous,
  • Polyarthritis
  • Dwarfism
  • Cleft lip/palate
  • Hemophilia
  • Lupus.

    Life Span

    The average life span of the Sheltie is 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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