Illness and disease are something you never wish or expect for
your dog. Some breeds are more affectet then others. The Spinone
is not known to be very affected by diseases, but still we have
to have in mind that it can occur. Here is some of the diseases
that can occur:
Cerebellar Ataxia (CA): Cerebellar
Ataxia, more commonly referred to as CA, is a new neurological
disease which has been reported in Italian Spinone over recent
years. The neurological signs have only been seen in young dogs,
all less than one year old, and indications are that the cerebellum
is diseased. This is the part of the brain which provides the
fine tuning to movement and controls gait. Affected dogs show
exaggerated movements such as a high stepping gait, or goose stepping,
also an unsteady or wobbly gait, generally referred to as ataxia.
The neurological findings are quite characteristic of cerebellar
disease but definitive diagnosis requires an autopsy to enable
the brain tissue to be examined. There is no treatment for this
disease and the puppies are put to sleep when they are no longer
able to cope with the symptoms, usually at around 11 or 12 months
of age. Apparently there are many diseases which affect the cerebellum
but relatively few occur in young dogs.
is seen in particullary big-siced dogs, and it can also occur
to the Spinone. HD is a fouwlt in the development in the hip-joints
and can affect one or both hips. In a hip suffering from dysplasia,
two things are commonly abnormal. First, the caput is not deeply
and tightly held by the acetabulum. Instead of being a snug fit,
it is a loose fit, or a partial fit. Secondly, the caput or acetabulum
are not smooth and round, but are misshapen, causing abnormal
wear and tear or friction within the joint as it moves.
The symptomes are signs
of stiffness or soreness after rising from rest, reluctance to
exercise, bunny-hopping or other abnormal gait (legs move more
together when running rather than swinging alternately), lameness,
pain, reluctance to stand on rear legs, jump up, or climb stairs,
subluxation or dislocation of the hip joint, or wasting away of
the muscle mass in the hip area.
A dog with HD should not be bred from.The science shows that the
best time to x-ray dogs is from 18 months because of the growing-phase.
In Norway we have this scale: Free (A, B), weak (C), moderate
(D) and severe (E).
eyelids can occur in the Spinone. This can lead to that dust,
pollen and so on can irritate the eye, and in some cases, give
an infection. Not very good for a hunting dog that has to be in
all terrain and wether. If the puppy has henging eyelids, this
can improve as it grows up, but not always. Surgery is possible,
but should only be done when the dog is fully grown up. This is
because the skin around the eyes is changing as the dog grows.
So if you operate the dog for ectropion in early age, the dog
can be troubled with entropion (tight eyelids)as a grown up dog.
Then the infection will be caused by the eyelashes rubbing into
problems are quite common in the Spinone among other breeds with
henging ears. To prevent an earinfection, you have to clean the
ears for dirt and hair on a regular basis. Some dogs are more
affected by others, and this can be a question about hereditary
and enviroment. Symptomes on earinfection are scratching, headshaking,
bad smell and the skin in the ears can be read and wobbly. The
veterinarion must be contacted on a early time as the infection
can cause serious complications. The treatment consists most of
the cases of antibiotics. If your Spinone has serial earinfections
you might consider that it can be a skindesease. Dogs that have
very many earinfections would be considered not to be used in
the Spinone is not well known to have skindeseases. Still it occurs
in some specimen. One of the diseases that affects the skin is
allergy. The dog usually reacts to allergy by scratching itself.
It scratch particullary in head-area, betwen elbows and between
the toes. Some dogs reacts to the food, and other reacts allergic
to the enviroment around. And some dogs have a combination of
more. If the dogs doesn`t get treated by this either with changing
the food or gets medicated, it will scratch to it bleed, and loos
hair. Some dogs are so affected that it is difficult to get the
allergy under control. In my and many others opinion allergy-dogs
should never be bred from. My first Spinone suffered from severe
allergy, and had at the end be put too sleep because of her troubles.
Medications can help many dogs, and so can right feeding. Feeding
of dogs has a lot to say.
If you suspect your dog to have allergy, you should contact a
veterinarian specialist for skin. The veterinarian will go through
the story of the itching dog, when it started and how often it
itches and she/he will sort out if there are other reason causing
the itching like parasites and so. Then there will be done some
bloodtesting to sort out what the dog is allergic to; mights,
mould, dust and so on. When the test is ready you will have a
better idea what you can do to help your dog. There is also a
immunotheraphy against some allergies.
is a medical condition in which the stomach becomes overstretched
by excessive gas content. It is also commonly referred to as torsion,
gastric torsion, and gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) when the
stomach is also twisted. The condition occurs most commonly in
domesticated animals, especially ruminants and certain dog breeds.
In dogs gas accumulation in the stomach may cause or be caused
by a volvulus, or twisting, of the stomach which prevents gas
from escaping. Deep-chested breeds are especially at risk.
Some of the more widely acknowledged factors for developing bloat
include increased age, breed, having a deep and narrow chest,
stress, eating foods such as kibble that expand in the stomach,
overfeeding, and other causes of gastrointestinal disease and