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Australian Cattle Dog Pet Insurance
Australian Cattles are also known as a blue healer. These dogs are bred to herd cattle. They are very obedient and very protective of their family. This dog breed will need training and socialization to make them a great fit for a family.
Common Health Issues In Australian Cattle Dogs
Most Australian Cattle dogs are very healthy. Some of the few genetic and health conditions that could be seen in Australian Cattle Dogs 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 Australian Cattle Dog can live a long and happy life.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy: Progressive Retinal Atrophy or (PRA) is when your Australian Cattle Dog 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 Australian Cattle Dog can easily find their way around their house and yard, even being completely blind.
- Skin Issues: Australian Cattle dogs 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 Australian Cattles's skin healthy.
All of these issues will need constant care and monitoring to help keep your Australian Cattle Dog healthy and happy. If you notice anything wrong with your Australian Cattle Dog, they should see a vet right away. Some issues can be life-threatening.
Pet Health Insurance for your Australian Cattle Dog
If you are looking for pet health insurance for your Australian Cattle Dog, you should ensure that many health issues that are commonly seen in Australian Cattle Dogs are covered. 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 Australian Cattle dog.
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 Australian Cattle Dogs!
Medically Reviewed by Sara Ochoa, DVM