Common dog health problems seen by many dog owners are not a big concern for most Weimaraner owners. However, there are some health issues that do affect Weimaraners and other large breed dogs.
For the most part, Weinheimers are very healthy dogs. But, there are a few serious canine health problems that sometimes affect Weimaraners, and they require veterinary intervention.
And the chances are even better that he’ll continue to be healthy, if you are alert to the symptoms of the most common dog health problems faced by Weimaraners.
How Long Do Weimaraners Live?
Large dog breeds tend to have shorter life spans than small dog breeds. A typical Bichon Frise, for example, often lives to be 16 years or older.
In the other hand, the average life span of a Weimaraner is from 10 to 12 years. If you choose a healthy Weimaraner puppy from a good breeder, your puppy will probably grow to be a healthy adult.
New studies have indicated that large animals age faster than small animals. Because large dog breeds age faster than small dog breeds, they also tend to get old age conditions like cancer.
Giant breeds like Great Danes only live to be about seven years old.
Weimaraner Health Problems
The Weimaraner is a deep-chested dog, making the Weimaraner a breed which is often affected by dog bloat or gastric torsion. It is probably the most common dog health condition seen in Weimaraners.
Dog bloat is a very serious condition, and, if left untreated, canine bloat will lead to a painful death. The good news is that most dogs who have surgery for this condition, do survive.
Here are some of the most common dog health problems for Weimaraner dogs:
Large dog breeds grow and age faster than small dog breeds. They almost seem to age in fast motion. Since cancer is a disease of abnormal cell growth, large dogs like Weimaraners are more prone to cancers than smaller dogs.
Weimaraners, like other large dog breeds are also prone to arthritis and joint issues. They tend to be energetic and fearless, without regard to joint injuries.
Hunting Weimaraners have additional risks. They often suffer injuries like scratches, bruises and wounds when racing after game. Hunting dogs pick up ticks and can acquire diseases like lyme disease.
Weimaraners who hunt can also get North American blastomycosis, a fungal disease that can be transmitted to people.
On the other hand, if your Weimaraner is inactive, he can become obese, leading to another whole set of other health problems.
Most of the following conditions are less common, but you might see one in your dog:
- Distichiasis Entropion or diamond eyeFactor
- Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
- Nictitating Membrane
- Eversion Persistent Right Aortic Arch
- Pituitary Dwarfism
- Retinal Atrophy
- Thymic Atrophy
- Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
- Umbilical Hernia
- Ununited Anconeal Process (Elbow Dysplasia)
Reactions to Dog Vaccinations
Did you know that dogs, like people, are starting to have adverse reactions to vaccinations? The Weimaraner Club of America issued a warning in 2005 to Weim owners.
Weimaraner puppies could have a reaction (which resembles an immune response) to a vaccine. If your puppy has a reaction, he might develop a fever, elevated white blood count and inflammation in tissues in joints. If he has a reaction once, he is more likely to have a reaction with the next shot, and each reaction becomes more severe. .
In addition, there is a chance that your dog could suffer permanent damage from a vaccination–just as people can get autism or guillan barre syndrome.
Fortunately, most Weimaraners are strong and healthy dogs.
If you have a healthy puppy, take a few precautions to make sure she does not develop problems, and use common sense, your Weimaraner puppy will probably never develop one of these common dog health problems!