Christopher's SIBERIAN HUSKY RANCH
AKC SIBERIAN HUSKY BREEDER
Common Health issues of a Siberian Husky are, eye problems and hip dysplasia .
Breeders often have their breeding stock OFA eye certified so they can avoid passing along genetic eye diseases. Make sure you ask your breeder if they do this important testing!
A OFA eye exam is a comprehensive eye exam performed by a certified veterinary ophthamoligist. OFA eye exams can uncover a wide range of inherited eye problems, including conditions affecting the eyelids, cornea (surface of eye), iris ( colored portion of the eye), lens, retina and oplic disc ( in the back of the eye). Juvenile cataracts, corneal dstrophy and progressive retinal atrophy in young dogs are specific conditions evaluated on a OFA eye exam.
Hip Dysplasia is NOT often found in this breed, however, as with many medium or larger-size canines, it can occur.
So What is Hip Dysplasia? The term dysplasia means abnormal growth thus hip dysplasia means abnormal growth or development of the hips. Hip dysplasia occurs during a puppy' growing phase.
DM (Degenerative myelopathy) - a progressive disease of the spinal cord in older dogs. The disease has an insidious onset typically between 8 and 14 years of age. Degenerative myelopathy is a devastating disease causing progressive paralysis in a large number of dog breeds.
(Copies of our OFA eye exams are available we do not have them listed on the registry.)