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Canaan dog

Common Health Issues In Canaan Dog

Most Canaan Dogs are very healthy. Some of the few genetic and health conditions that could be seen in Canaan Dogs  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 Canaan Dog 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 Canaan Dogs can easily find their way around their house and yard, even being completely blind. 
  • 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 Canaan Dogs can live a long and happy life. 

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

Pet Health Insurance for your Canaan Dogs

If you are looking for pet health insurance for your Canaan Dogs, you should ensure that many health issues commonly seen in Canaan Dogs 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 Canaan Dogs. 

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 Canaan Dogs!

 Medically Reviewed by Sara Ochoa, DVM 

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