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American Water Spaniel Pet Insurance
American Water Spaniels are very athletic and love the outdoors. They love to hunt and swim. These dogs are perfect for hunters and outdoorsy people who want their dog to join in on all the fun.
Common Health Issues In American Water Spaniels
Most American Water Spaniels are very healthy. Some of the few genetic and health conditions that could be seen in American Water Spaniel are:
- Elbow Dysplasia and Hip Dysplasia: Hip and elbow dysplasia are extremely common in this breed. It occurs when the joint sockets do not properly form, which can cause their elbow or hip to pop out. If your dog has dysplasia, their limbs may be in pain or cause them to limp. Your vet can discuss what can be done to help manage the signs of pain and help decrease arthritis formation so that your American Water Spaniel can live a long and happy life.
- Hypothyroidism: This occurs when your dog has low thyroid levels. These dogs tend to sleep more and usually have an enlarged abdomen. Most dogs with hypothyroidism can easily be treated with daily medication.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy: Progressive Retinal Atrophy or (PRA) is when your American Water Spaniel retina in their eye degenerates, causing them to become blind slowly. While there is no known treatment for this disease and these dogs will eventually go blind. Many American Water Spaniel can easily find their way around their house and yard, even completely blind.
All of these issues will need constant care and monitoring to help keep your American Water Spaniel healthy and happy. If you notice anything wrong with your American Water Spaniel, they should see a vet right away. Some issues can be life-threatening.
Pet Health Insurance for your American Water Spaniel
If you are looking for pet health insurance for your American Water Spaniel, you should cover the health issues commonly seen in American Water Spaniel. You will also want to find insurance that has short waiting times on treatment and surgery. If you prolong these procedures, your dog could have permeant health issues.
Certain health conditions are often considered genetic or are pre-existing conditions and may not be covered for your American Water Spaniel.
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 Water Spaniel!
Medically Reviewed by Sara Ochoa, DVM