Health Concerns

Like many highly developed dogs, Lhasa Apsos as a dog breed suffer numerous health issues. The more common Lhasa Apso health issues include Allergies, Atopy, Caruncle Trichiasis, Cataracts, Cherry Eye, Corneal Dystrophy, Corneal Ulcer, Distichiasis, Ectropion, Endocardiosis, Entropion, Familial Renal Disease, Hydrocephalus, Injection Sensitivity (Glucocorticoids), Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD), Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca, Lissencephaly, Malassezia Dermatitis, Perianal Gland Adenoma, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Sebaceous Adenitis, Sebaceous Gland Tumours, Urolithiasis and Tracheal Collapse.

(The fact that this breed may be susceptible to these conditions does not mean that all dogs of this breed will be affected by them. They are listed here purely as a guide).

Some of the known Lhasa Apso health issues are further explained below.

A congenital medical condition, Entropion can be found in many dog breeds, including Lhasa Apsos. It results in the eyelids folding inwards and causing discomfort when the eyelashes constantly rub against the cornea. Providing it is noticed early enough before the cornea is damaged, this condition can be treated by a relatively simple operation in which the excess skin of the outer eyelid is removed.

Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD)
Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD) occurs when the disks that separate (sit between) the vertebrae of the spine degenerate which creates pressure on the spine and can result in loss of balance, difficulty in walking and even paralysis in the most extreme of cases. Intervertebral Disk Disease is a potentially painful condition resulting in back and/or neck pain. Thought to be an inherited disease, IVDD can also be caused by injury. It is a disease which can generally be treated successfully by the use of anti-inflammatory drugs and pain killers. More severe cases may necessitate surgery in order to remove any degenerated disks.

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