Common health problems in Siberian Huskies

Compared to many other breeds, Huskies are outstandingly healthy. But like many other purebred dogs, Huskies can be at risk of certain problems and conditions relating to their breed.

Therefor it’s vital that the parents of your puppy have had the relevant health screening to reduce the chances of your puppy being affected these conditions.

We’d strongly recommend looking for a Kennel Club Assured Breeder as they meet extra requirements which will benefit your puppy’s health.

Some of the conditions Huskies may develop include:

  • Hip dysplasia – where hip joint that doesn’t fit together perfectly, which will eventually lead to arthritis.
    Before breeding, dogs should be screened and given a hip score.
  • Epilepsy.
  • Certain cancers.
  • Eye problems.
  • Cataracts – ‘clouding’ of the lens of the eye affecting vision. Breeding dogs should be screened every year.
  • Glaucoma – Increased pressure within the eye which can cause extreme pain and potentially eye loss.
  • Zinc Deficiency or Zinc Responsive Dermatosis
    Like you, your dogs also need sufficient supply of zinc in their body. If not, Siberian Huskies may suffer from hair loss on their elbows, feet, hocks, and most especially in their eyelids, chin and lips area. Consulting your vet for advice.
  • Poisoning caused by plants
    Your garden might be beautiful and refreshing to see but it can cause dangers on your Siberian Huskies. Check out some poisonous plants on your garden like Ferns, amaryllis, Chrysanthemum, Peace Lilies and many more. There are times that your dogs may choose to have grass diet. When this happens, there’s great possibility for poisoning. If you have observed that your dogs are having seizures, vomiting, convulsions and others, immediately seek the assistance of your vet.

  • Heatstroke
    Exposure to too much heat may result in heatstroke among your Siberian Huskies. To avoid this unfortunate occurrence on your dogs, let them drink ample water each day and give them cool area to stay in your garden.

If you want to minimise the risk of your dog getting such problems going to a reputable breeder is essential.