All Corgis have achondroplasia, is a form of dwarfism, causing them to have shorter legs. This genetic mutation has been selectively encouraged in corgis and gives them their diminutive stature. Although the dwarfism isn’t an issue for corgis, it can be a potential health problem later in life. The Corgi is a sturdy breed, but are still prone to some potentially serious medical conditions. Below are the common health conditions found in Corgi.
Hip dysplasia is a most common issue in corgi, affecting the development of the hip joint and causes loss of joint function over time. It takes time for the condition to develop, but dogs as young as four months can begin to develop symptoms like a decreased range of motion, difficulty standing up or jumping, a swaying gait, pain, or stiffness.
Obesity and wrong amount of exercise, both too less or too much, can worsen hip dysplasia. Schedule a visit with your vet to make sure your pet is on the right diet and getting the right amount of exercise, if your dog show any of the symptoms.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy
The photoreceptors in their eyes deteriorate progressively with Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), degrading your dog’s vision over time, and leading to blindness. This can affect a dog’s quality of life even though it’s not painful. Some early symptoms of PRA include night blindness, eyes that appear very reflective when light shines on them, or pupils that look exceptionally dilated.
It’s time for a visit to your vet when your Corgi exhibits any symptoms of decreased vision. There’s currently no known treatment for this problem but they can diagnose PRA and discuss how you can help your pet stay safe.
Corgis are also prone of developing a serious nerve and spine condition known as degenerative myelopathy. This affects the dog’s central nervous system, spinal cord, and brain stem. Muscle atrophy and posture issues, partial or full limb paralysis, and decreased muscle mass are the common symptoms for this condition.
There’s no known cause and treatment for degenerative myelopathy, but there are certain methods that can help make an affected dog more comfortable.
Von Willebrand’s Disease
Von Willebrand’s disease is a genetic disorder that decreases blood clotting. This may lead to dangerous blood loss and anemia as your Corgi might bleed excessively when injured. Common symptoms include spontaneous bleeding from mucosal surfaces like the nose, genitals, or gums; blood in the urine or feces; bruising; and prolonged bleeding after an injury or a surgical procedure.
Do not worry if your Corgi is diagnosed with this symptom, as it sounds intimidating, they only require minimal treatment for mild cases. Severely affected dogs may need blood transfusions and constant monitoring.
Owners can take precautions to help prevent and treat them effectively so their dogs live happy lives. Keep your Corgi’s weight in check and make sure they have enough exercise to stay healthy and strong. Limit them to activities that may injure their backs and always look out for any signs of discomfort on your pet.