The Australian Shepherd dog is roundly regarded as one of the healthiest dog breeds. The high activity level of this energetic breed keeps these dogs in great shape by getting plenty of exercise and protects them from the normal health symptoms that many other breeds fall victim to. While Australian Shepherd herding dogs are generally very healthy, there are a small number of health issues that they can experience. Below you will find everything you need to know about the most common problems that the Australian Shepherd breed experiences.
Of all the health issues that Australian Shepherds are prone to developing eye problems are at the top of the list. This breed, although relatively healthy, struggles with sight and vision, falling victim to a multitude of eye issues. Below is a list of the most common Australian Shepherd dog eye ailments along with their respective limitations and treatments:
Colobomas: This structural deficiency occurs during infancy while the eye is still developing. Characterized by an underdeveloped iris, a coloboma is a problem that affects the perception and regulation of light.
A coloboma prevents light from being filtered as it enters the eye and will cause a dog with this condition to constantly be squinting or shutting one eye. Unfortunately, this condition is irreversible, but to make your dog more comfortable, you can administer a doggie eye patch.
Cataracts: A cataract is a condition where the lens of the eye becomes slowly blurry over time. For an Australian Shepherd dog, cataracts are a relatively common issue as their light-sensitive eyes can become damaged over time.
A cataract will usually form within the first few years of life, but they can develop with age as well. Additionally, cataracts that are left untreated often develop into full-blown blindness. Early signs of symptoms of cataracts include lack of depth perception, sudden clumsiness, and hes