Health of a Border Collie — extremely important question. If the manufacturer swears that all his dogs, their ancestors and descendants to the tenth knee are distinguished by faultless health, to you a beam to look for other nursery. If the manufacturer does not check dogs for existence/absence of genetic diseases and cannot confirm it with certificates — look for other nursery.
On a photo: Border Collie
of the Border Collie in general healthy dogs, however are not insured from a number of diseases.
One of the most dangerous hereditary illnesses of a Border Collie is a dysplasia of coxofemoral joints. Symptoms: pain, lameness. The most reliable way of diagnostics is X-ray and the subsequent consultation at the expert.
the Progressing atrophy of a retina is fraught with gradual deterioration in sight (night in the beginning, and after — and day).
By inheritance can be transferred epilepsy.
All species of a collie and close breeds can be subject to anomaly of eyes of a collie. This disease can lead to a blindness and is not treated. Prevention: inspection of two-month puppies.
At your pet can develop an allergy: food, contact (is caused by reaction to shampoos, antiparasitic collars, etc.) and inhalation (is caused by the airborne pollen, a fungus or dust).
the Wrong growth of cartilaginous tissue of a joint can pour out in the cutting osteochondrosis. As a result the dog does not bend an elbow. As a rule, the disease at the age of 4 — 9 months is shown. The illness can be provoked by excess of protein in a diet.
Gene violations can cause a neural wax-like lipofuscinosis. Symptoms are, as a rule, shown in 1.5 years and include baseless scare, bad coordination, violations of weight, mental disorders, rage attacks, hyperactivity.
Sometimes is found in a Border Collie congenital deafness.
not often meeting, but a serious disease — a malignant hyperthermia. Symptoms: after short physical activity (5 — 10 minutes) the dog is on the last legs. Body temperature promptly increases and slowly decreases. Any stress or loading can provoke an attack. Very high temperature is fraught with a faint and even death.
Because of the low content of fat in an organism representatives of breed can be sensitive to anesthetics which contain barbiturates. Before subjecting the pet to any surgical intervention, discuss this issue with the veterinarian.
For prevention of diseases should visit twice a year the veterinarian, without forgetting to visit the ophthalmologist at the same time.