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Italian Greyhounds are alert, playful, and highly affectionate small breed dogs. These dogs tend to love warmer climates or a nice cozy blanket to snuggle in. Even though they are small in size, they are great at agility and love running and playing, making them great family dogs.
Common Health Issues In Italian Greyhounds
Most Italian Greyhounds are very healthy. Some of the few genetic and health conditions that could be seen in Italian Greyhounds are:
- Patella Luxation: Many small breed dogs have luxating patellas. This occurs when their knee caps pop in and out of place. It can cause your dog to need surgery to help keep their knee caps in place and prevent arthritis.
- Broken Legs: They are small in size and you will need to keep an eye on them to help keep them out of danger. These dogs can easily break a leg or injury themselves running and playing.
- Epilepsy: Italian Greyhounds 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.
All of these issues will need constant care and monitoring to help keep your Italian Greyhoundshealthy and happy. If you notice anything wrong with your Italian Greyhounds, they should see a vet right away. Some issues can be life-threatening.
Pet Health Insurance for your Italian Greyhounds
If you are looking for pet health insurance for your Italian Greyhounds, you should ensure that seizures issues 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 permeant health issues.
Many times, seizures are considered a Pre-existing condition and may not be covered for this breed.
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 Italian Greyhounds!
Medically Reviewed by Sara Ochoa, DVM