You may be surprised to learn about the laundry list of health issues that can haunt your pit bull. Believe it or not, the list of potential health problems is long enough to encourage you to take extra care of your furry friend.
Of course, the intention of this post isn’t to scare you off. Generally, pit bulls enjoy a long lifespan of anywhere between 13-15 years. The health issues they face are generally related to skin, bone, thyroid, etc.
Having said that, let’s get to know the common pit bull health problems.
1. Heart Issues:
Unfortunately, pit bulls are prone to heart diseases, which are initially diagnosed by a vet by checking abnormal heart rhythm. Of course, additional tests are done to examine the condition further. Procedures such as chest x-rays and echocardiograms are used to check the severity of the heart problem.
2. Hip Dysplasia:
For those who don’t know, this is a skeleton disease seen in many dogs, including pit bulls. Dogs suffering from this health issue can experience a great deal of pain and discomfort. As expected, this disease may limit the dog’s ability to do physical activities such as running, jumping, and even walking.
Just like humans, pit bulls can suffer from hypothyroidism. Dogs suffering from hypothyroidism may see weight gain without any increase in their appetite. They may also feel lazy and lethargic. That said, the symptoms of this condition can vary from one dog to another. Several blood tests are usually done to diagnose this condition in pit bulls.
4. Skin Allergy:
Pit bulls may have to deal with skin problems too during their lifetime. Skin issues can be anything from rashes, sunburns, ringworms, ticks, bumps to shedding, and more. The issue can be mild or severe. Keep in mind that pit bulls with sensitive skin may also get skin issues from excessive scratching. Depending on the skin issues faced by the pet, many skin treatments are available these days.
Pit bulls are prone to cataracts, which can obstruct their vision. This eye condition is mostly inherited by dogs from their parents. The size of the cataract can vary from a small dot to a complete lens size. If left untreated for long, cataracts can cause them to go blind because untreated cataracts can completely block the light from entering into their eyes.
Volvulus, also known as ‘dog bloat,’ is a fatal health condition. The exact cause of Volvulus is not yet known. However, it’s linked to overeating and obesity. Symptoms of this condition include swollen stomach, vomiting, weakness, restlessness, and anxiety. In certain cases, the dog’s stomach fills up with so much liquid or gas that it puts extreme pressure on the internal organs, causing a lot of discomfort in the process.
Pit bulls have a muscular structure. Plus, they are quite energetic by nature. Given all these qualities, it may be tempting for pet owners to overfeed their pets, which can cause obesity. Chronic obesity in pet dogs can lead to a host of health issues, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, difficulty in breathing, liver disease, and even cancer (in rare cases).
Pit bulls can also suffer from eyes, ear, teeth, and skin infections. Ear infections, in particular, are quite common due to some bacteria entering into the dog’s ear. The good thing is that a lot of infections can be avoided by proper grooming, which is, of course, a pet owner’s responsibility. Proper hygiene can not only avoid infections but can also save unnecessary expenditure on them.
It’s good to be aware of these potential health problems. After all, undetected conditions can make your pet’s life very difficult. In worst-case-scenarios, it can also lead to premature death. So, why take any risk when you know that your pit bull’s life can also be at stake?
If you are getting a pit bull, you should do everything possible to get a certificate from a breeder that proves that the puppy’s parents didn’t suffer from any major health issues. If the parents have been screened for health issues, you can consider getting the pit bull from a breeder.