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Borzoi

Common Health Issues In Borzoi

Most Borzoi are very healthy. Some of the few genetic and health conditions that could be seen in Borzoi are:

  • 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 slowly become blind. 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 being completely blind. 
  • Heart Disease: This breed is prone to developing heart disease. Common heart issues seen in this breed are dilated cardiomyopathy. This occurs when your dog's heart overworks and becomes enlarged. This causes your dog's heart to then have to even work harder to pump blood in their body. 

All of these issues will need constant care and monitoring to help keep your Borzoi healthy and happy. If you notice anything wrong with your Borzoi, they should see a vet right away. Some issues can be life-threatening.

Pet Health Insurance for your Borzoi

If you are looking for pet health insurance for your Borzoi, you should ensure that many health issues commonly seen in Borzoi are covered. You will also want to find insurance with 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 Borzoi. 

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 Borzoi!

 Medically Reviewed by Sara Ochoa, DVM 

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