HEALTH ISSUES in the Thai Ridgeback
"Mother Nature" has bred The Thai Ridgeback Dog for centuries therefore only the strongest survived and the strong and healthy dogs reproduced. For these reasons, the Thai Ridgeback Dog is a very healthy animal overall. The number of Thai Ridgeback Dogs in this country is very limited at this time, we do know there are currently less than 100 living in Czech Republic. Our information is based on the dogs I have here and the knowledge that other breeders and owners in Czech rep. have shared with us.
DERMOID SINUS CYST
More common than the other two is the Dermoid Sinus Cyst. A dermoid Sinus (DS) is categorized as a "neural tube fusion defect". During the embryo stages, the neural groove deepens and joins to form the new spinal cord and spinal column, the skin also fuses in the midline and the spinal column and the skin become separate. When this process partially fails, a DS forms. In these cases, a tube or sinus forms from the spinal column to the skin. They can be either open to the skin or closed. These tubes are lined with hair and when the natural shedding of the coat takes place, the hair inside of these tubes often is not expelled. The result is an infection due to a build up of hair and oils leading to abcesses. At this point it is a painful and potentially dangerous situation for the dog.
Dermoid Sinuses are often found on the midline of the neck, back and tail along the spinal column and is usually detected at birth. This is a congenital problem, meaning the puppies are born with this condition. Once removed from a dog it no longer poses a threat or causes any discomfort.
Studies have shown that we could possibly decrease the number of dogs afflicted with Dermoid Sinus by providing supplements of Folic Acid to mothers before they are bred and during the pregnancy.
For more information click below to the Rhodesian Ridgeback Dermoid Sinus sites.
CANINE HIP DYSPLASIA
Second is Canine Hip Dysplasia(CHD). There are only a few dogs in Europe diagnosed with this condition and those have been imports, there have also been a few cases in other parts of the world. This disease is a rare occurence in the Thai Ridgeback.
Hip dysplasia is a congenital disease that affects mostly large breed dogs. This disease causes weakness and lameness to the rear quarters, and eventually leads to painful arthritis. This arthritis has several names; degenerative joint disease, arthrosis, osteoarthritis.
Several factors work together to cause this disease. A combination of a dog genetically inclined to get this disease interacting with environmental factors that bring about the symptoms. Many variables affect the degree of lameness. They include caloric intake, degree of exercise, and weather. Ensuring that the parents of a puppy have been X-rayed and given passing score will also decrease the chance of hip dysplasia developing in a dog.
excess calcium in the diet of puppy food for large breed dogs,
along with obesity,
high calorie diets,
lack of or too much exercise.
For anyone not familiar with Canine Hip Dysplasia, you can find more information on the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals(OFA)site.
OFA- Hip Dysplasia info.