Australian Shepherd Health (Aussie)
In general, Australian Shepherds (Aussies) are notable for good health, however there are genetic diseases to which they are predisposed.
- Cataract. This disease is not necessarily hereditary, but if the Australian Shepherd has a bilateral, steadily developing cataract, this is most likely a genetic disease.
- Progressive retinal atrophy.
- Wrong bite (undershot, undershot, cross bite, edentulous). This defect can be eliminated by preventing Australian Shepherds with a similar blemish from breeding.
- Autoimmune diseases in Australian Shepherds can be dangerous. These are lupus, demodectic scabies and thyroiditis. However, only a predisposition is inherited, and whether a disease occurs or not depends on the living conditions of the dog.
- Diseases of the cardiovascular system (heart failure).
- Kidney disease.
- Australian red shepherd dogs sometimes feel unwell under direct sunlight.
- Hip dysplasia. For Australian Shepherds, an x-ray is required to detect the disease, but dysplasia in this breed is still quite common. But early diagnosis can slow down the development of the disease and help the Aussie live a full life.
- Epilepsy. This disease most often manifests itself at the age of 8 months - 6 years.
If you notice any warning symptoms in the Australian Shepherd (lameness, lethargy, loss of appetite, etc.), contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.