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Common Health Issues In American Cocker Spaniel

The most common issues seen with American Cocker Spaniels relate to their skin and ears. Otherwise, these dogs are very healthy. Some of the few health conditions that could be seen in American Cocker Spaniels are:

  • Skin Issues:  American Cocker Spaniels commonly have allergies and skin issues. This breed can need chronic allergy medications and antibiotics for their skin infection. They also may need to eat a special diet to help prevent any skin issues. All of these conditions will need to have constant care and attention to help keep your American Cocker Spaniel’s skin healthy.
  • Ear Infections: American Cocker Spaniels are known for having ear infections. Their floppy ears will trap moisture causing your dog to easily develop an infection. This can require frequent vet visit and treatment to help keep their ears free of infection.
  • Eye discharge: American Cocker Spaniel tend to have eyelids that droop. This can cause your dog to have eye infections and watery discharge that you will have to clean each day.

All of these issues will need constant care and monitoring to help keep your American Cocker Spaniel healthy and happy. If you notice anything wrong with your American Cocker Spaniel skin or ear, they should see a vet right away. Some issues can be very painful.

Pet Health Insurance for your American Cocker Spaniel

If you are looking for pet health insurance for your American Cocker Spaniel, you should ensure that skin and ear infections issues are covered. You will also want to find insurance that has short waiting times on any treatment or surgery. If you prolong these treatments, your dog may have lifelong issues as the result. 

Many times, skin and ear issues are considered a pre-existing condition and may not be covered for this breed.

You could also consider enrolling in Pet Assure, a veterinary discount plan that is a low-cost pet insurance alternative. This plan has no exclusions due to age, breed, or hereditary conditions. Even pre-existing conditions are covered! Get a quote today. It's perfect for American Cocker Spaniel!

 Medically Reviewed by Sara Ochoa, DVM

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