PBGV Health & Nutrition: Common Questions

Q: Is the PBGV a healthy breed?
A: In general, this is a very healthy breed. They are subject to the usual 'doggy' healthy problems - most of which can be prevented by vaccination or prompt attention.

Q: Are there any health problems that I should be concerned about?
A: Some of the conditions that have been reported are steroid responsive meningitis (neck pain syndrome), hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, epilepsy, heart murmurs, and some eye conditions. The occurrence of these diseases is under investigation by the PBGVCA Health Committee. Primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) is a severe, blinding eye disease that occurs in a small percentage of PBGVs. Fortunately, a genetic test is available that distinguishes between dogs who are unaffected by POAG, those who are likely to develop the disease, and those who carry the genetic mutation. To learn more about POAG in the PBGV click here. Be sure to talk to your dog's breeder about the dog's POAG status as well as all possible health risks. Your PBGV’s sire and dam should have received eye exams as well as evaluations of thyroid and heart function, hips, elbows and patellas. It is important to obtain a PBGV from a reputable breeder and to have your dog examined by your veterinarian for any heart, eye, ear or other abnormalities. Anyone interested in purchasing a dog should discuss the prevalence of these problems in that kennel with the breeder.

Q: How long will they live?
A: You should expect an average life span of 12-14 years. 

Q: What does a PBGV eat?
A: Like other dogs s/he will eat most anything put in front of him.  Feeding a complete and balanced dog food (one that meets the minimum amounts established by the AAFCO for the appropriate life stage) will normally satisfy his/her nutritional needs.

The content provided is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinary advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

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