Unlike many highly developed dogs, Lurchers suffer from very few health issues. The more common Lurcher health issues are Anaesthesia & Drug Sensitivity and Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (also known as GDV or Bloat) which is further explained below.
The fact that the Lurcher may be susceptible to these illnesses does not necessarily mean that your Lurcher puppy will develop any of them. We list them here purely as a guide only.
Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV – Bloat)
Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (also known as GDV or Bloat), is a potentially fatal condition in which food (or gas) causes a dog’s stomach to stretch many times its normal size, resulting in abdominal pain and which can result in the stomach twisting on itself, trapping the food or gas within it and cutting off the blood supply to the stomach. If your dog appears to have a distended and painful abdomen, or tries unsuccessfully to vomit and appears to be restless or distressed, you should contact your vet immediately.
Gastric Dilatation Volvulus is a condition which affects mainly the deep-chested dog breeds, and is thought to come about if such dogs eat their meal very quickly, and then exercise vigorously. With such dogs it is advisable to feed them the same quantity of food as usual, but to spread it over several sittings. It is also advisable to ensure that they rest for at least an hour before undertaking vigorous exercise.
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