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HEALTH & GENETICS RESOURCES

This health resource page is a collection of links and articles that could be of help to you and your veterinarian throughout the life of your Ridgeback. It is not intended to be inclusive, but rather focuses on Ridgeback-specific issues, such as dermoid sinus, or it makes available hard-to-find information on uncommon conditions.

Ridgebacks are fortunate in that ours is a relatively healthy breed, and most breeders are extremely diligent in trying to breed vibrant and long-lived dogs. However, genetic disease is a reality of life. In humans, disorders such as hypothyroidism, nearsightedness and farsightedness, diabetes and hemophilia are examples of genetic disease—in other words, people inherit the disorder or a predisposition to it from their parents. Animal—and purebred dogs—are no different.

Genetic Defects in Rhodesian Ridgebacks   Genetic Testing

You may scroll through the alphabetized list of health-related topics and references below, or click the select menu to jump directly to your topic of choice.

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Addison's Disease (Hypoadrenocorticism)

Allergic Dermatitis

Anesthesia

Bloat

Breed Health

Cancer - General

Cancer - Mast Cell Tumors (MCT)

Cancer - Osteosarcoma

Canine Health Registries

Canine Influenza

Cardiac

Deafness/Hearing Impairment

Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

Dental Care

Dermoid Sinus

Epilepsy, see Seizures

Eye Disorders - General

Eye Disorders - Entropion

Hip Dysplasia

Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (HOD)

Hypothyroidism

Megaesophagus

Myasthenia Gravis

Nutrition

Obesity/Overweight

Papilloma virus (canine warts)

Seizures/Epilepsy

Spleen

Tickborne Disease

Toxicity/Poisoning

Urinary

Vaccinations

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