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Australian Shepherd Pet Insurance
Australian Shepherds are medium-sized herding dogs. These dogs are very popular with people who have large farms or love dog sporting events. They love to be active and are great pets for people who are also very active.
Common Health Issues In Australian Shepherds
Most Australian Shepherds are very healthy. Some of the few genetic and health conditions that could be seen in Australian Shepherds 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.
- Epilepsy: Anatolian Shepherds can be epileptic. This is a disease that can cause your dog to have seizures. Epilepsy can easily be treated and managed with daily medication but cannot be cured. Many dogs with epilepsy can live a long and healthy 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.
All of these issues will need constant care and monitoring to help keep your Australian Shepherd healthy and happy. If you notice anything wrong with your Australian Shepherd, they should see a vet right away. Some issues can be life-threatening.
Pet Health Insurance for your Australian Shepherd
If you are looking for pet health insurance for your Australian Shepherd, you should ensure that many health issues commonly seen in Australian Shepherds 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 permanent health issues. Certain health conditions are often considered genetic or are pre-existing conditions and may not be covered for your Australian Shepherd.
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 Shepherds!
Medically Reviewed by Sara Ochoa, DVM