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Alaskan Malamute Health Guide

When it comes to strong, healthy dogs, the Alaskan Malamute ranks high. This particular breed originated in Alaska where it was used for hunting, hauling, and sledding. Although some people still use the Alaskan Malamute for these purposes, others have discovered the gentle, loving nature of the dog, preferring to make it a family pet. With the Malamute being gentle with children, you have a great protector, as well as trusted companion.


Health Problems in the Alaskan Malamute

Typically, the Alaskan Malamute will live between 10 and 12 years of age. If kept on high quality dog food, groomed properly, and exercised daily, this breed will live a relatively healthy life. As with other large breed dogs, the Alaskan Malamute is prone to hip dysplasia. With this condition, the hip ball and socket become loose, making walking and climbing both painful and awkward. The good news is the many medications and supplements are available for this problem. In fact, surgery to include hip replacement is another possible solution although strict criteria must be met.

The Alaskan Malamute can suffer from other illnesses as well to include Chrondodysplasia, Inherited Polyneuropathy, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, and cataracts. With Chrondodysplasia, the problem relates to a genetic deformation disorder in which crippling problems ensue. Interestingly, this disease is often confused with a type of dwarfism when it fact, it involves short and deformed limbs. Typically, a dog with this condition will have other health issues such as deafness. Ultimately, an Alaskan Malamute with Chrondodysplasia would expect to have a much shorter life.

Alaskan Malamute Health Guide

Inherited Polyneuropathy is a condition that affects cats and dogs. In this case, the peripheral nerves are involved, which usually causes motor nerve dysfunction. Symptoms of this disease include low muscle tone, no to little reflexes, paralysis, and weakness. Although Inherited Polyneuropathy can affect the front legs, it is primarily a rear leg disease, which causes problems bilaterally. In addition, this condition can come on quickly but most often, it is a slow progressing disease.

One of the important things specific to the Alaskan Malamute is that if you live in a warmer climate, do not shave the hair as a means of keeping the dog cool. Interestingly, the double coat helps them handle the heat better. Therefore, if you were to have your Malamute shaved, you would actually be making it more miserable and possible prone to sickness. By keeping your dog indoors or providing adequate shade, along with cool, fresh water, it will tolerate outside fine.


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