Pit bulls are a generally healthy breed. Some health problems do occur unfortunately. The results can be both emotionally overwhelming, and costly if they are not dealt with quickly.
Be aware of the potential health problems that may affect your pit bull. Early diagnosis and avoiding pitfalls is the best course of action to keep your pit bull healthy and happy.
Potential Pit Bull Health Problems
Pit bulls, like other breeds as well as humans, can suffer from any number of health issues. The difference is they cannot communicate and tell us what is bothering them. They will often suffer in silence until the pain becomes overwhelming.
In the case of pit bulls, they have an extreme tolerance for pain. Suffering silently and longer than a weaker breed can cause his health problems to become far more serious. It is important to recognize your pit bull’s symptoms early to avoid these issues from escalating.
Infections – Pit bulls can suffer from many potential infections – on their skin, in their teeth or eyes, in their ears etc. Ear infections are very common and are often due to a foreign body or bacteria making its way inside. Check your pit bulls ears often for swelling, excess moisture, or dirt or discoloration. Ear cropping may be necessary.
Infections can be prevented with routine hygiene and maintenance. Wash your pit bull regularly as well as brushing their teeth and hair. This helps to avoid any potential bacteria growth, minimizing health issues arising.
Allergies – There are dozens of allergies your pit bull can get. Allergies from fleas are extremely common especially from heavy exposure to wooded areas. Regular checkups at the vet will help immensely as well as taking any flea medication they may recommend.
Always look your pit bull over especially after outdoor exposure. Brushing your pit’s hair is a great preventative measure as well as checking its eyes, nose, ears skin etc.
Only Natural Pet Store has a great selection of products to help your pit bull’s allergies. You won’t normally find these in the big box stores. Best part is they are all natural at quite reasonable prices. Depending on the type of allergy, you can order supplements, ointments, drops, anti-inflammatory etc. Allergy treatments and remedies are available for infections of the skin, eyes, ears, nose, and throat, rashes etc.
I suffer from allergies so I can relate. It’s sad to see them suffer. It seems more products have become available than ever before. Thank goodness for that because mine can be severe!
Diabetes – Unfortunately, your pit bull’s health problems can be severe where they can develop diabetes. Rich foods that are in excess of fat and sugar can lead to problems with your pit bull’s pancreas which may then bring on the onset of diabetes.
A pit bull’s diet should consist of healthy dog foods that are appropriate for your pit bull’s size, age and weight. Although tempting, pit bulls should not eat table food, they should eat pit bull food. If you must, keep the table food down to a minimum. It can be difficult saying no while they sit there whining and begging but just try to keep in mind that it is the best thing for them.
So what kind of dog food should you feed your pit bull? Check out our post on Orijen. Many people feel weird buying dog food online or just don’t plan ahead and buy it when they need it. By us, the only choices are really Target, supermarket or Petco. Mostly commercial brands. Pathetic organic choices. They do have”natural” dog food. Be wary of the natural tag. It’s not regulated. Read the ingredients!
Hip Dysplasia – This occurs in pit bulls as well as other breeds when the leg bone and the hip bone don’t fit together as well as they should. This leads to joint pain and arthritis. Several factors can contribute to your pit bull developing hip dysplasia.
Making sure you get your pit bull puppy from a certified breeder who submits x-rays to the appropriate agencies, will vastly reduce the occurrence of hip dysplasia. Hip Dysplasia can not only be blamed on genetics. It’s our responsibility to minimize the actions leading to dog health problems. We must be sure that our dog food is of a healthy nature in order to maintain a healthy weight.
Obesity – Pit bulls are strong, active and muscular and when they are hungry, they are hungry! Making the right to choice to not over feed or table feed your pit bull will be the greatest step in avoiding one of the largest pit bull health problems – obesity.
Obesity among dogs is a common health problem because it is very easy to achieve. Inappropriate feeding and lack of exercise will easily do the trick. Obesity can lead to higher rates of heart disease, liver disease, tumors and eventually death. Give your Pit the appropriate pit bull food along with minimal table food and exercise and obesity can easily be avoided.
Use our dog calorie calculator below to help guide you in feeding the proper amount of calories per day for your pit bull.
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One way to ease your mind about your pit bulls health conditions is to obtain dog insurance. Many people don’t even realize they can take out medical insurance on their dog. Pets Best dog insurance can cost as little as less than $1 per day. Let’s just call it $30 a month or $360 per year. You can spend that much money in 1 or 2 visits to the vet easily.
There are actually cheaper plans. Their cheapest plan is $16/mo. We recommend this level 2 plan because it covers up to $10,000 in annual coverage.
Benefits of the plan are:
- Reimbursement up to 100% of vet bill
- Deductibles as low as $0
- No vet exam required to sign up
- Keep your vet, or visit any licensed vet in the world
- Fast reimbursement
This is a great low-cost, piece-of-mind option for you. This way if you decide to own a breed like a pit bull, you will have the proper channels set up to keep it healthy.
Here is an example from the Pets Best website to give you a better understanding of your coverage.
To get a quote you will have to enter your name, email etc. You can choose to be contacted via email if you would prefer not to be contacted by phone.
You’ll want to keep your pit bull’s coat clean and free of ticks. Because pit bulls seem to be more susceptible to skin conditions as opposed to other dog breeds, it’s important to keep him clean and moisturized. You’ll also have to test a small area to ensure the moisturizer is not irritating his skin. Only Natural Pet has a good selection of moisturizers and oils that are inexpensive and safer than the commercial brands.
Daily exercise and healthy dog food will minimize these potential health issues and lead to a happy healthy life!
Additional Pit Bull Health Problem information…
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Pit Bull Scratching – If your pit bull scratching is becoming excessive you are not alone. There are tons of people complaining they need assistance to stop dog scratching for good. Pit bulls are prone to skin infections which…
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