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Common Health Issues In Briard
Most Briard are very healthy. Some of the few genetic and health conditions that could be seen in Briard 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 Briard can live a long and happy life.
- Bloat:Bloat is a life-threatening condition that will need to see a veterinarian right away. This occurs when your dog's stomach flips over and becomes enlarged. Many dogs with bloat are gagging and have a very bloated abdomen. This condition usually requires surgery to correct this disease. Without pet insurance, this can be a very costly procedure.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy: Progressive Retinal Atrophy or (PRA) is when your Briard 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 Briard 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 Briard healthy and happy. If you notice anything wrong with your Briard, they should see a vet right away. Some issues can be life-threatening.
Pet Health Insurance for your Briard
If you are looking for pet health insurance for your Briard, you should ensure that many health issues commonly seen in Briard 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 Briard.
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 Briard!
Medically Reviewed by Sara Ochoa, DVM