and Terrier ownership is ** always think ahead.**
An ounce of prevention
is worth a pound of cure !
Although relatively problem-free,
Staffordshire Bull Terriers sometimes exhibit hereditary problems and
susceptibilies that can range in degree of seriousness from mild to
Any brachycephalic *short - or
broad-headed breed such as the bulldog * may be prone to breathing
problems because of foreshortening of the nasal passage. Cleft palate is
sometimes found in puppies and such puppies are usually humanely
destroyed; they cannot draw milk properly and if not abandoned by their
dam,may starve. Some dogs are born with an elongated soft palate. If not
extreme, it may not be noticeable ore bothersome to the dog. However,
extreme cases indentifiable by respiratory distress and infection,stentorian
breathing and difficulty in eating can be corrected surgically.This
surgical procedure renders a dog ineligible to be shown in AKC -
sanctioned conformatuion classes
Congenital epilepsy occurs at 3 to
5 a 6 years, and can result from trauma.Although littr understood, once
diagnosed, it can be controlled with medication.
Although cataracts are considered an
affiction of older dogs, some Stafford pupsdevelop them. The condition
should be diagnosed by an eye specialist.
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