Border Collie diseases / hereditary diseases
Border Collie Diseases – What are typical diseases in the Border Collie??
When should you take your Border Collie to the doctor??
To routine examinations and routine appointments:
a. Vaccination appointments you have with your dog about once a year. With a puppy you have to go to the vet for vaccinations several times in the first weeks of life. b. worming! Depending on the risk of infection your Border Collie has 2-4 deworming appointments per year (possibly more). Minimum is one worming treatment a year, and just before vaccination.
If your Border Collie changes his eating or drinking behavior:
a. If the
Eating or – worse – eating and Drinkingrefuses Will. This is often the first alarm sign of illness b. When extreme drank a lot becomes. This could indicate an inflammation. c. If extremely eaten a lot the Border Collie is nevertheless emaciating. There could be intestinal parasites behind it. If your Border Collie behaves conspicuously. Go to the vet …:
a. In case of unexplained
Tiredness and faintness, even more so in case of apathy. b. With unexplained Nervousness. c. In the case of seemingly causeless Aggression (often a sign of pain!). d. With increased scratching or nibbling in the fur. This could be a sign of pain in the corresponding part of the body, parasites (mites, fleas, …), allergies or skin irritations. e. When "sledding. The dog slides his rear end across the floor because his anus is itchy. This happens, for example, in the case of infestation with tapeworms and inflamed anal glands. If your Border Collie "looks unhealthy":
Mind you: You bring your dog to the vet as soon as ONE of the above mentioned points applies to the Border Collie. Do not wait until there are several ..
Which diseases can reduce the life expectancy of the Border Collie??
The average life expectancy of the Border Collie is about 12-15 years. Like dogs of other breeds, Border Collies can suffer from
Heart disease Suffering that is reducing life expectancy.
Epilepsy is said to have been observed more frequently in Border Collies in recent years. How all dogs can Border Collies also allergies develop, which can at least affect life.
hip joint dysplasia also occur in Border Collies. A number of infectious diseases are often fatal in dogs – but hopefully your dog is vaccinated against rabies, distemper, parvovirosis, hepatitis and leptospirosis?
My Border Collie has diarrhea – what to do??
Diarrhea in dogs is in most cases nothing bad. The possible harmless causes include:
The following procedure has proven itself with diarrhea:
Feed Nothing or very little for a day. 1. Make sure that the Water bowl is quickly refilled. The Border Collie must be able to compensate for the loss of fluids. If your dog drinks little or not at all, there is a risk of dangerous dehydration – in this case, see the vet. In puppies and small dogs the Dehydration especially problematic. 2. When you start feeding again, first offer small portions at. Try a dog food that you know your dog tolerates well. Alternatively prepare gentle diet to: boiled rice, boiled chicken meat (without bones!), cooked carrots and some low-fat curd cheese or cottage cheese. Be sure to remember to remove the bones from the meat.
Your dog needs veterinary attention if:
– … which Feces of the Border Collie with blood is mixed. You may see reddish streaks, but sometimes you only see an unusual, dark coloration of the stool. There could be an internal injury or other condition. Some infectious diseases have (bloody) diarrhea as an accompanying symptom. – … others Symptoms of the disease occur. Watch your dog closely. At the first signs of fever or other signs of illness (for example vomiting) see a vet. – … the Diarrhea not within one or two days gives.
My Border Collie vomits – what to do?
When dogs are nauseous, they often eat grass to induce vomiting. The vomit then consists mainly of yellow bile. Puppies, on the other hand, occasionally vomit up their food only to eat it again.
This is nothing to get upset about, allow the puppy to do this. Vomiting is – like the above described diarrhea – in many cases quite harmless. Maybe the Border Collie did not tolerate his food? Maybe he ate too much or too fast? Perhaps your dog is currently experiencing psychological stress or is sensitive to changes in his daily routine? In all these relatively harmless cases, the vomiting should disappear within two days.
However, do not hesitate to visit the vet if:
– You Blood in the vomit notice: there is an internal injury or more severe disease that needs to be treated. – You notice that the Border Collie Breath sounds or breathing difficulties has a spasmodic cough: There may be a foreign body stuck in the esophagus and/or trachea. This can trigger vomiting and lead to injuries or even suffocation if not removed. There is a Emergency in front of! – You notice that additional symptoms of the disease occur (fever, diarrhea, great languor, …). Vomiting can be an accompanying symptom in many serious infectious diseases that require treatment by a veterinarian. In addition, poisoning is a possible cause of vomiting.
Vomiting, like diarrhea, leads to a dehydration of the body, which is Life-threatening can become. Puppies and dogs with small body size dry out faster. Seek veterinary help if the vomiting lasts for a longer time.
My Border Collie has an ear infection – what do I do now??
A Ear infection notice the dog only when the dog has long been in pain. Then the dog holds his head crooked, shakes his head and/or scratches his ears frequently. Such inflammations can be extremely painful. At worst "wandering". Then not only the outer ear, but also the middle ear or even the inner ear is affected.
Take your Border Collie to the vet as soon as possible if you notice symptoms of ear infections. If there is a purulent/foul odor coming from the ears, utmost urgency is required.
The veterinarian will clean, disinfect and treat the ear depending on the cause of inflammation. Common causes are for example:
– One initially harmless injury, it has become inflamed. . The so-called ear mites occur mainly in dog puppies. Basically, however, all dog mites can occur in the ear area. The veterinarian must then treat with mite-killing ointments or drops. Foreign body such as awns, grass seeds and other small parts. The foreign body must be completely removed to allow the inflammation to heal. allergies. They are quite difficult to diagnose. Remedy is often a change of food. Infections with viruses, bacteria or fungi. Such infections can occur independently or as a result of a mite infection. Whenever the protective function of the skin is disturbed (due to injuries), these pathogens have it especially easy. The veterinarian treats with antibiotics or. antimycotics in ointment or drop form. In addition to wound cleansing and disinfection, the veterinarian may apply a wound ointment to aid in healing.
How to prevent ear infections?
You can't do much against an existing ear infection as described – this has to be done by the vet. But you can use Tips use to keep your Border Collie's ears healthy:
– Remember Ears of the dog regularly to check. – Thrive in warm, humid, dirty environments Pathogens. Therefore, keep the dog's ears clean and dry: – Foreign bodies are removed immediately. – The auricles you can wipe out with cloths. The cloths should be soft and lint-free, like dish towels or kitchen towels. Never use the same cloth for both ears, because you could transfer pathogens in the process. – Maybe you have to moisten the cloth to be able to remove the dirt completely. Then wipe with a dry cloth. – Please do NOT do the following: Cloths, cotton swabs or other objects insert deep into the ear canal. The risk of injury is very high.
What are typical Border Collie hereditary diseases?
– Hip joint dysplasia (HD – differentiated into severity grades A – E) – CEA (Collie eye anomaly) – PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) – Glaucoma – Juvenile CataractPLL (Primary Lens Luxation) – Grey- Collie SyndromeEpilepsy – DeafnessDouble Merle – Diabetes – Osteochondritis – Imerslund-Grasbeck Syndrome – Zeroid Lipofuscinosis – Hypothyroidism – MDR1 (Multi Drug Resistance) – TNS (Trapped Neutrophil Syndrome)
ImportantThese are diseases, which the Border Collie can get, but not necessarily.
Free food check and food samples for Border Collies
The wrong food can also lead to diseases, bad coat and itching. Are you dissatisfied with your current dog food or do not know which dog food you take should? Would you like to just try some foods, adapted to your Border Collie , try?
Border Collie Hereditary Diseases: Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA)
The Collie Eye Anomaly occurs in Collies and related breeds. Choroid. Retina of the eye.
In Border Collies, this disease usually leads only to reduced vision, but complete blindness is possible.
Border collie hereditary diseases: MDR1 defect
A defective MDR1 gene affects the blood-brain barrier and causes hypersensitivity to some drugs.
The defect occurs mainly in longhaired collie, shorthaired collie and the related breeds. Border Collies are also frequently affected.
Anti-parasitics (certain worming and anti-flea drugs), antibiotics, diarrhea drugs and cytostatics can cause severe side effects in affected dogs – in the worst case with fatal consequences.
The abbreviation MDR stands for Multy Drug Resistance.
Veterinarians learned about this defect in Collies the hard way. The antiparasitic drug Ivermectin, which has been successfully used to control parasites in many dogs, has caused severe complications in many Border Collies. Partly even with fatal consequences.
Later the gene for this hypersensitivity was finally found and now there are laboratory tests to test affected dogs for this condition.
The results may be as follows:
The dog has the genetic defect from both parents. Strong hypersensitivity must be absolutely expected. Anesthesia should be carefully planned. The use of some medications is absolutely taboo. The Border Collie inherits the defective gene to his offspring.
One parent has inherited the defect. The dog may be sensitive to some medications. A further inheritance is possible.
No special caution required when administering medications. The dog is not affected by MDR1.
Fortunately, the Border Collie is not affected as often as many other Collie breeds. About 1-2% of the breed representatives can suffer from the MDR1 defect. Suffer the risks associated with it. Even if the number does not seem so high, it is important to know about this disease pattern and to have the dog tested.
Especially if you take your four-legged friend to the riding stable or you are in areas where riders like to go for rides. Because many dogs like to eat horse apples, however, dangerous drugs can also get into the Border Collie this way. With sometimes fatal consequences!
If you have a Border Collie puppy, you should have it tested for MDR1 at an early stage. Young dogs often don't need medication for a long time, but at some point it will happen. You need a spot-on or your dog needs anesthesia for neutering or or or. Who then does not know whether his four-legged friend belongs to the endangered group, plays with the life of his dog. So even a 1 percent risk should not be taken lightly.
Medications to be cautious about include:
– anaesthetic – diarrhoea medicine – antiparasitic – cancer therapy medicine – various antibiotics – antifungal – painkiller
Border Collie hereditary diseases: Merle x Merle
The Merle factor responsible for a specific Coat pattern, which is very common in Collie breeding.
The coat of merle dogs with red, brown, blue or black coloring is lightened in places.
This results in small patches of the "base color" on a lighter background. Some dogs carry the merle factor without you can see it on them. This can be the case with solid brown animals.
As long as a dog carries only one Merle allele, this usually has no negative effects on his health. However, if two merles are mated, "double merles" may appear among the puppies.
These are often deaf, often have malformations of the eyes, do not develop as quickly as their littermates and die earlier. The mating of merle x merle is considered as torture breeding.
Tips/checklist for a healthy Border Collie dog life!
– Always for fresh Drinking water care. – species-appropriate feed. Overweight as well as avoid malnutrition. – Dog bowls clean keep. Sleeping place keep clean, wash dog blankets regularly. Coat care: Remove ticks, fight parasites at an early stage. Tooth control: Are still all there? Broken off? Tartar? Excessive bad breath? How do the gums look? eyes– and Ear check. Paw control. – Appointments for Vaccinations comply. Worming do not forget (at least once a year, z.B. before vaccination). Happy Dogs live longer (and better)! – Daily for sufficient Movement care. Border Collies want long walks – and lots of playing! – For mental workout care. The Border Collie is often called the most intelligent dog breed. He wants to learn. He wants to work.
Do not underestimate the importance of the last points. Especially Border Collies tend to develop pathological behavior (neuroses) when they are underchallenged.
Do I need a medicine cabinet for the Border Collie??
Yes, every dog owner should have a medicine chest to be ready for the four-legged friend. The reasons are very simple: Your Border Collie could hurt himself in such a way that you have to give him first aid before you can go to the vet.
If you live in the country, it can also happen that no vet is open and the veterinary emergency service is difficult to reach or far away. Accidents and injuries seem to occur preferentially at inconvenient times.
The most important components first aid kit are therefore bandages.
A few tips for the equipment of the medicine chest follow here:
What belongs in the dog owner's medicine cabinet? Something for wound disinfection. Popular. Well tolerated is for example Octenisept spray. For example, Octenisept spray is popular and well tolerated. Blue spray or iodine can also be suitable – if in doubt, seek advice from a vet. – Dressing material. This includes z. B. Wound dressings, plasters and bandages. Dressing material for dogs must be particularly robust, plasters are hopefully water resistant. – Something to support wound healing. Bepanthen ointment is recommended more often. Cracked paw pads should be kept supple with a grease cream. – Clinical thermometer. For hygienic reasons your dogs should have their own thermometer. – Tick forceps, tweezers or other tools to remove parasites and foreign bodies from the skin. – Gloves – Rescue blanket – Pill crusher to give your Border Collie his pills z.B. to cheat under food. You should also have the phone number of your veterinarian. Of the veterinary emergency service always have ready.
Either write it down on a piece of paper and put it in a visible place (next to the phone, on the refrigerator, etc.) or put it on a card.), or save them in your phone right away.