Patella luxation is a congenital condition affecting small-sized dogs like the Italian Greyhounds. This condition results in misalignment of your furry friend’s hip bone and tibia when they attach to the patella.
Abnormal gaits, lameness, bowed legs, and gradual onset of arthritis are some of the indications of patella luxation in canines. The disease also ranges from mild to severe known as Grade I to Grade IV patella luxation. Grade I causes lameness, while Grade IV causes bowed legs and needs surgical repair.
Hypothyroidism is the production of a low level of thyroid hormone. Canines affected by this disorder experience obesity, sluggishness, and lethargy. They have coarse and weak fur that falls out easily and their eyes get droopy.
In females, irregular heat cycles and infertility also occur. If you suspect that your canines suffer from hypothyroidism, you should visit your veterinarian. There are medications available for managing hypothyroidism and it requires lifelong treatment.
Von Willebrand’s Disease
Von Willebrand’s disease is the absence of a blood clotting factor in the blood of your dead buddy. When this occurs, your furry partner will have one of the following signs, such as nose bleeds, prolonged bleeding during heat cycles or injuries, bleeding after surgical procedures, and bleeding gums.
It is recommended that you visit your vet if you suspect that your Iggy has prolonged bleeding from injuries and get your furry friend tested for von Willebrand’s disease. The disease has no cure till date, but suturing and cauterization are some ways to manage it.
During old age, Italian Greyhounds may suffer from cataracts. When this occurs, they will have problems seeing things because their lens becomes cloudy.
You should check the eyes of your furry partner for any signs of a clouded lens. If it does occur, you should visit your vet. A cataract is treated by surgically replacing the affected lens with a clear artificial one.