Hereditary Diseases in Welsh Corgis (Part II)

29 July 2011 ~ 1 Comment

I continue the list of disorders that can be inherited by Corgis. While most of these diseases have no cure, they can be kept under control with the help of medication. Always remember that the vet will be your best ally when dealing with any illness.
May your dogs live long, healthy lives!

Von Willebrand disease (vWD) is a common inherited hemorrhagic dysfunction. It results when the von Willebrand factor is missing from the blood. Afflicted pets will likely be susceptible to nasal bleeds, gums bleeding, and blood transfusion will be considered before almost any type of surgical procedure. The majority of dogs affected by vWD may lead regular day-to-day lives, with rare blood-loss problems which could go unseen. Additional health issues, physical or even mental strain could aggravate the blood loss. With impacted pets, it is advisable to seek advice from the vet prior of administering any over-the-counter drugs. Medicines like aspirin and some antibiotics, for instance, modify the functionality of platelets, and really should be avoided in dogs with bleeding diseases. This disorder can’t be treated, however it is often kept under control. Your vet is going to explain all this with you as soon as the diagnosis is made. You will probably manage to deal with light hemorrhage by yourself by applying pressure.
The breeds of dogs affected by von Willebrand’s disease, besides the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, are the Doberman Pinscher, Shetland Sheepdog, Scottish Terrier and Poodle.

A Cataract is the lack of transparency (opacity) of the eye lens. Cataracts will cause the eye to get cloudy, as well as it will obstruct light from hitting the retina. The most common cause for cataracts is aging, and also diabetes. Cataracts in young dogs are nearly always genetic.
In acute circumstances, the vet may eliminate the lens in order to slightly enhance vision.

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Dog’s eye affected by Cataracts

Intervertebral disk disease (IVDD) develops if the jelly-like internal layer of the intervertebral disks herniates in the vertebral channel and weigh on the spinal cord. Pressure within the spine cord can be mild to intense. In the worst cases, IVDD can cause paralysis, lack of feeling, as well as loss of bladder and digestive tract control, and might end up being permanent.
Complications tend to be most often noticed in the lower area of the spinal cord (lower back), but the cervical area can also get affected.
Type 1 IVDD generally appears in chondrodystrophoid dogs, for example Dachshund, Bassett Hound and Corgi.
Hernia of the disk in canines shows up in fairly young dogs (3-6 years old), it is frequently seen in various areas of the back, and can lead to strong discomfort.
Surgical procedure is the sole solution to eliminate disc mass that is pressing on the spinal cord, however surgery isn’t always the preferred remedy. Other treatments can succeed if your pet suffers only from light to mild pain, he isn’t weak, nor paralyzed.

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