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Bouvier des flandres

Common Health Issues In Bouvier des flandres

Most Bouvier des Flandres are very healthy. Some of the few genetic and health conditions that could be seen in Bouvier des Flandres 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
  • 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 Belgian Tervuren can live a long and happy life. 
  • Glaucoma: Glaucoma is caused when the pressure in your dog's eye increase. This can cause your dog's eye to bulge and be very painful. Your vet can prescribe some eye drops to help decrease the pressure in their eyes and sometimes they may even need surgery to help. 

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

Pet Health Insurance for your Bouvier des flandres

If you are looking for pet health insurance for your Bouvier des Flandres, you should ensure that many health issues commonly seen in Bouvier des Flandres 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 Bouvier des Flandres. 

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 Bouvier des Flandres!

 Medically Reviewed by Sara Ochoa, DVM 

 

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