Samoyed health and disease prevention
Samoyeds have not changed much since they helped the northern peoples do hard work, therefore Samoyed health still strong enough. However, there are diseases to which the breed is more susceptible than others.
It is advisable to clarify whether the puppy's parents have test results for hereditary diseases characteristic of Samoyeds.
- Dog degenerative myelopathy is a severe, progressive neurodegenerative disease that causes hind limb paralysis. It is associated with impaired functioning of spinal cord motor neurons due to the simplification (degeneration) of their nerve endings. The disease begins with an almost imperceptible weakness of one or both hind legs. Then it becomes difficult to get up from a lying or sitting position. The dog periodically loses balance, coordination is disturbed, after which paralysis develops. Most often, the duration of the disease does not exceed 3 years.
- Drug sensitivity.
- Progressive retinal atrophy is the general name for a group of retinal diseases that cause damage to photoreceptor cells (cones and rods) until their death. Twilight vision is the first to suffer, then the dog also loses daytime vision. As a rule, the first symptoms appear at the age of 3-5 years. A characteristic feature: constantly dilated pupils for maximum trapping of light, as well as the so-called “tunnel vision”.
- Hyperuricosuria is a hereditary disease associated with the accumulation of uric acid salts and the formation of stones.
Samoyeds can experience hip dysplasia, bloating, cataracts, diabetes, aortic stenosis, glaucoma, congenital deafness, urinary tract infections and arthritis.
If you have noticed lethargy, lameness, poor appetite, fever, digestive upset, or other frightening symptoms in Samoyed, it is better not to take the risk and see a veterinarian.