aidi breed information

common health issues

The retina is responsible for transmitting light to the brain where it is interpreted as an image. PRA causes deterioration of retinal cells and causes blindness. It can affect puppies as young as a few weeks old, or may appear later in life. There is no treatment or cure, but blind dogs usually can lead quite happy lives.

GDV (or bloat) describes a condition whereby a dog's stomach becomes dilated with air and then, while dilated, twists over on itself, effectively sealing the stomach. The most common sign of bloat is a firm, distended stomach, especially if it seems to occur rapidly. GDV is one of the true life-threatening emergencies in dogs and many cases require emergency surgery.

Elbow dysplasia is actually a collective term which refers to the effects of one or more diseases of the elbow joint which result in pain and arthritis. Many of these problems can affect both elbows and result in forelimb lameness and elbow pain, often requiring surgical correction.

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

A luxating patella is a knee cap that moves out of its groove � sometimes referred to as a "trick knee". It is usually caused by several inherited factors including a shallow patella groove. In individuals with moderate or severe disease, surgical correction in often recommended to prevent a progression that includes severe lameness, chronic pain and thickening of the knee.

The Aidi, also known as the Atlas Mountain Dog, originated in Morocco, and was used in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, Libya and Algeria to protect his master’s sheep and goats from predators and strangers.

The Aidi is a medium to large-sized dog, standing about 25 inches at the shoulders and weighing about 55 pounds. He is a powerful, lean dog who comes in a variety of colors, including white, black, red and tawny. Though a working dog at heart, the Aidi is becoming more popular in Morocco as a house dog. The breed as a whole is wary of strangers (given his history as a protector), but he does warm up quickly once a perceived threat is resolved.

The Aidi is an active dog and needs quite a bit of daily exercise. This is one breed that is not well suited to apartment living due to his activity level and exercise need. His coat is lower-maintenance, though – occasional brushing will likely be all the grooming he needs.

Exotic origins aside, Aidis are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Aidis are prone to include eye conditions such as progressive retinal atrophy; hip and joint problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia; internal issues such as gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV or bloat); and knee problems like medial patellar luxation.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Aidi inherits more than just a protective personality, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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