english cocker spaniel breed information

common health issues

Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is a cardiac condition that Boxers are prone to develop. In this adult onset disease, cardiac muscle responsible for pumping the heart is replaced with fatty tissue, leading to dysfunction of the heart, arrhythmias, and congestive heart failure. Medical treatment centers on normalizing the heart rate and rhythm.

In addition to producing more oil than your average cat, the Sphynx breed also produces more ceruminous debris (or earwax). Care should be taken to clean the ears regularly to prevent ear infections, otherwise known as otitis externa. Ear infections are usually controlled with topical medication, though if the infection goes into the middle ear, oral medications will be indicated.

Chronic Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. If it severe enough to cause decreased liver function, affected dogs will have decreased protein production, a decreased ability to clear toxins from the blood and may have problems with bleeding due to low amounts of coagulation factors. Lifelong medical therapy is needed in severe cases.

In this life-threatening condition, the body's immune system attacks it's own red blood cells, leading to anemia (low levels of red blood cells). IMHA can be secondary to other diseases, but the majority of the cases occur with no known cause. Diagnosis and treatment are costly, and treatment usually requires a lengthy hospital stay.

The English Cocker Spaniel is descended from the first spaniels to be brought from Spain to England centuries ago. Like her close cousin, the American Cocker Spaniel, she was used to hunt woodcock (hence her name), and she still possesses great speed and swimming abilities.

The English Cocker is taller and slightly larger than her American cousin – averaging between 25 and 35 lbs. – with a longer, more Springer Spaniel-like muzzle. Her soft, silky coat can be a variety of solid colors, or multi-colored, and just needs regular brushing to avoid mats. To avoid confusion between the two breeds, the English Cocker was recognized as separate from the American Cocker Spaniel by the American Kennel Club in 1946.

The English Cocker is known as an able hunting partner and friendly family member, enjoying the company of children and other pets. An intelligent, sociable dog, she prefers not to be left alone, and thrives best with plenty of daily exercise.

Despite her sporting skills, the English Cocker Spaniel is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect her health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses English Cockers are prone to include skin conditions such as atopy; ear conditions such as otitis externa; heart conditions such as cardiomyopathy; liver conditions such as chronic hepatitis; 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 English Cocker Spaniel inherits her dad’s skin problems or her 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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