Ask The Dog Guide: Detection Of Future Problems In A Puppy?

September 14th, 2010 by Dan

Question:
During the first visit with a vet for a puppy that is being sold, what do they check for? Do they take blood, saliva or stool samples to see over all health of the pup? I have a 2 year old dog that is experiencing seizures and our vet said he has epilepsy. Would this not have been detected by the initial vet check by the breeder when he was 6 weeks old?

Answer:
I’m sorry to hear that your dog has been diagnosed with a seizure disorder. I could write a lengthy post on the subject of canine epilepsy, as it’s a very in-depth topic. However, to answer your question, epilepsy is can occur in any breed or mix at any age, but it is most commonly diagnosed between 2 to 3 years of age. While epilepsy can be inherited from a dog’s parents, it can also be seemingly random. What this means is unless your breeder knew that your puppy’s parents were epileptic and knowingly bred them, there is nothing that would be done in a routine puppy visits that would be able to predict your dog would develop this condition down the line.

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Some breeds are more prone to epilepsy than others. These include German Shepherds, Belgian Tervurens, Keeshonds, Beagles, Irish Setters, Saint Bernards, Poodles, Cocker Spaniels, Wirehaired Fox Terriers, Labs and Golden Retrievers.

For more information on Canine Epilepsy, here’s an informative list of Canine Epilepsy Resources.





One Response to “Ask The Dog Guide: Detection Of Future Problems In A Puppy?”

  1. Barbara Says:

    Lesson learned: DON’T BUY FROM BREEDERS!

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