cocker spaniel breed information

common health issues

Atopy refers to skin allergies caused by inhaled or contact allergens. Just like us, our dogs can be allergic to pollen, dander, grasses and trees. Their allergies result in itchiness that can be seasonal or year-round. Affected dogs are prone to ear and skin infections. The condition varies in severity but is usually lifelong and often requires constant medical management.
Cataracts describes the transparency of the lens in the eye.While cataracts are a common finding in older dogs, many breeds, including Cavaliers, have a genetic predisposition to juvenile cataracts, i.e., occurring in young animals. Hereditary cataracts can occur as early as six months of age and progress to complete loss of vision by two years old. The good news is that most affected lenses can be treated surgically. Cost of treatment: $1,500 to $3,000 per lens.
Seborrhea is an alteration of normal skin cell growth or turnover. It results in chronic, excessive scaling of the skin. Affected dogs also have excessive greasiness of the skin and hair. Seborrheic dogs are more prone to bacterial and fungal infections of the skin and generally require symptomatic treatment of chronic skin problems throughout their life.
The retina lines the back of the eye and is responsible for transmitting visual stimulus to the brain. Retinal dysplasia is a malformation of the retina which can range from mild retinal folds to severe dysplasia with detachment of the retina and blindness. Visually impaired dogs generally adapt to life well due to their keen sense of smell.
Entropion describes the inward rolling of the eyelid, often causing the eyelashes to come into contact with the eyeball and cause irritation and often ulceration. Many affected dogs will require surgical correction and severe cases may require multiple surgeries.

The Cocker Spaniel is the smallest of all the spaniels and sporting group. It dates back as far as the 14th century, when it was born in the same litters as English Springer Spaniels. While the larger Springer pups were used for flushing game, the smaller littermates were used for hunting Eurasian woodcocks, hence the name “Cocker”.

An active sporting breed, the Cocker Spaniel takes easily to the water and can be an excellent gun dog. In addition, their intelligence and gentle demeanor lend them to being wonderful family dogs. There are two breeds of modern Cocker Spaniel – the English Cocker, which is taller with a narrow head and chest, and the American Cocker, which is shorter with a domed head and short muzzle.

Despite their excellent swimming abilities and great demeanor, Cocker Spaniels are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Cocker Spaniels are prone to include skin conditions such as seborrhea and atopy; eye issues such as retinal dysplasia and entropion; and blood diseases such as immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA).

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Cocker Spaniel inherits his dad’s skin problems or his mom’s bad eyes, you’re covered.

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

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