Health Concerns

Like many highly developed dogs, Cocker Spaniels as a dog breed suffer numerous health issues. The more common Cocker Spaniel health issues include:

Alopecia, Anal Sac Adenocarcinoma, Atopy, Autoimmune Hemolytic Anaemia, Basal Cell Tumours, Black Hair Follicular Dysplasia, Blocked Tear Ducts, Cataracts, Cutaneous Histiocytomas, Coccidiomycosis, Colobomas, Congenital Deafness, Copper Storage Disease, Corneal Dystrophy, Corneal Ulcers, Cranial Cruciate Ligament Ruptures, Cryptorchidism, Cutaneous Papillomas, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Distichiasis, Ear Infections, Ectropion, Endocardiosis, Entropion, Epilepsy, Familial Renal Disease, Fibrosarcoma, Glaucoma, Haemophilia B, Hernias, Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Intervertebral Disk Disease, Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca, Krabbe Disease, Lens Luxation, Lipomas, Lymphosarcomas, Lysosomal Storage Diseases, Malassezia Dermatitis, Melanomas, Panosteitis, Patella Luxation, Patent Ductus Arteriosus, Perianal Gland Adenomas, Persisitent Pupillary Membranes, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Pulmonic Stenosis, Retinal Dysplasia, Sebaceous Gland Tumours, Seborrhea, Thrombocytopenia, Trichoepithelioma, Urolithiasis, von Willebrand’s Disease.

Some of these are further explained below.

(The fact that this breed may be susceptible to these conditions does not mean that all dogs of this breed will be affected by them. They are listed here purely as a guide).

Hip Dysplasia
Hip dysplasia is the most common inherited orthopaedic disease in dogs. While this progressive disease affects mainly the larger breeds of dog, it also occurs in many of the smaller breeds including the Cocker Spaniel. This problem can be made worse, particularly for Cocker Spaniels, by carrying excess weight as a result of overfeeding by well-meaning but over indulgent Cocker Spaniel owners.

Entropion
A congenital medical condition, Entropion can be found in many dog breeds, including Cocker Spaniels. It results in the eyelids folding inwards and causing discomfort when the eyelashes constantly rub against the cornea. Providing it is noticed early enough before the cornea is damaged, this condition can be treated by a relatively simple operation in which the excess skin of the outer eyelid is removed.

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