The Common Health Problems in Pitbull Terriers

Article written by Buddah Lounge

Summary: Pitbulls are plagued with numerous health issues – with many of them being genetic. This guide will discuss what you need to know if you’re planning on adopting a pitbull for your household.

An American pitbull terrier is known to have numerous heath problems. While many breeders look past it, one of the most common issues is hip hysplasis. The Orthopedic Foundation of America conducted a study that involved x-raying 480 pit bulls. The result? 22% of the pit bulls were found dysplastic. That’s quite a large number. This guide will discuss some of the most common health problems that pit bulls suffer from today.

Orthopedic Diseases

Aside from hip dysplasia, blue pitbull puppies also suffer from elbow dysplasia – which is another serious issue. You could also find pit bulls suffering from luxating patella and osteochondritis. More commonly, you might have heard of the cardiac problems that many pitbulls face such as subaortic stenosis and cardiomyopathy ( which occurs more frequently in American pitbull terriers).

Skin Problems

Skin problems, including allergies that cause rashy and itchy skin, can lead to bacterial skin infections that can cause major discomfort and may require a surgical prodcedure. Demodectic mange in pit bull terriers are very common when they are at a young age. Although it’s not as common, pit bulls can develop mast cell tumors, which is a serious concern and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

The Role of Genetics and the Environment

Some health problems in pitbulls are genetic, while others are caused by how you raise your dog. The current environmental health problems can help protect your dog from developing serious health issues. Genetic health problems are another story. Most of these cases are due to improper breeding practices – essentially breeding a pit bull in an inhumane environment and at rapid paces. Prior to picking out one of the many pitbull puppies for sale, be sure to check their medical history so you understand which one is genetically healthy.