If it’s your first time to own a pitbull, you might end up asking a million questions, especially about their health. Are they prone to specific health issues? What are the things I should look for to know if they’re sick? What should I do? Every dog breed has some kind of heath problem that they’re prone to. As a responsible dog owner, it’s best that you know about these. This will help you prevent any health issues from happening or getting worse. Of course, it’s important that the dog is in top health when transferred to your care, and that you know of any genetic conditions that I might have.
Below are a few common health issues that new pitbull owners need to know about.
Pitbulls are known to be prone to skin issues, especially with the lighter colored ones. They usually need special attention on what they eat because they end up breaking out because of allergies. Some are even allergic to everyday things that you see out during walks like grass. When it comes to food, pitbulls are a bit sensitive to food like soy, beef, pork, wheat, and corn. Common symptoms to skin problems are hot sports, red irritations in certain areas on their skin, mite outbreak which leads to mange, and even open sores.
Like humans, dogs can also develop tumors which can lead to cancer and other heath issues. Master cell tumors are common amongst bully breeds, which cover pitbulls. These often look like swollen lumps, large pimples, or warts on the dog’s skin. Not all of these are malignant or cancerous, but some can be. Sometimes they can also irritate the dog and they end up scratching the spot where the growth is which leads to some hair lost, but this doesn’t happen all the time.
Other than problems with their heart due to birth defects, pitbulls generally have very healthy hearts. Take care of it by giving them a well-balanced diet and give them a good amount of exercise daily. You can also give them food supplements and vitamins to really amp up their health.
This is a metabolic disorder which is inheritable. If the dog’s dame or sire had this illness, there’s a big chance that the dog will also develop it. The good thing is that you can have your dog tested for this illness to help control and minimize the symptoms. It affects the dog’s brain which often results in dementia and epilepsy-like symptoms.
Unfortunately, pitbulls are prone to certain leg problems like paterlla problems and hip dysplasia. It’s good to have the pup’s parents tested for these issues, just to be sure if it might have a possibility of developing it as it grows.
Pits are also known to have a number of eye problems. They risk hereditarycataracts and are prone to Distichiasis which is an extra row of lashes that can disrupt and annoy their sight. PHPV or Persistent Hyperplastic Primary Vitreous is also a common condition with pits. However, when detected at an early stage, it can be managed easily.