Health Problems for The American Staffordshire Terrior.
As with all breeds, Amstaffs have health risks typical of the breed.
is a neurlogical disorder.The desease is also called Cerebellar Cortical Degenerationor Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscineosis (NCL)The first signs of the disease usually appear between 3 and 5 years of age in affected dogs. More rarely,early or late-onset symptoms can appear between 1.5-3 years or after 5 years. Symptoms are loss ofbalance, difficulty cornering, and falling when shaking their head. When they became unable to walkwithout falling repeatedly, owners usually make the difficult choice to euthanize. The clinical diagnosis isrealized by excluding others diseases and confirmed by a MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging).The Cerebellar Ataxia is inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern.
A common disorder in canines, this degenerative disease causes the hip joint to become damaged, causing pain and problems with mobility. Symptoms occur over a long period of time and can manifest in symptoms such as slower movement and problems getting up and down. Treatment options will vary, but include exercises, pain medications, and even surgery.Hip Dysplasia in amstaffs is polygenetic,meaning that even if both sire and dam have good hips,They can still produce a litter of hip dysplastic pups.Minimizing the occurrence of hip dysplasia comes from a long history of testing.
Hip Dysplasia can be avoided in young dogs by keeping your puppy at a healthy weight and avoid over feeding your dog.
is where the kneecap is displaced out of its normal position in the knee joint. It may luxate (come out of the "joint") to the inside (medial) or outside (lateral) of the leg.The normal position of the patella (kneecap) is in the centre of the front of the knee. It glides up and down in a groove in the femur (the top leg bone) as the knee bends and extends, and is held in place by the patella ligament. The patella ligament attaches to the top of the tibia (the bottom leg bone).
Luxating means dislocating, so that a luxating patella moves out of the groove in the femur, usually towards the inside of the knee (medially luxating). If the patella dislocates towards the outside of the knee it is called a laterally luxating patella.It is usually the result of a congenital problem whereby the point where the patella ligament attaches to the tibia is not on the midline, but more towards the inside of the knee. This means that the patella is pulled towards the inside of the knee each time the knee bends and the patella can be dislocated out of the groove. This can happen intermittently or the patella can be permanently dislocated.Some dogs also have a shallow groove in their femur that lets the patella move out of its central position more easily. Also, over time the inner side of the groove wears down due to constant movement of the patella over it, and the problem worsens.
CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE
Some American Staffordshire Terrier dogs are born with this condition and symptoms and treatments vary. Many dogs have no problems at all, while others will require monitoring and medications to make sure the heart is working properly.Several forms of genetic heart disease have been seen in the american staffordshire terrier breed,These include:Mitral Valve Prolapse,Pulmonic Valvular Stenosis,Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis and others.It is strongly recommended that breeding stock be tested by a cardiologist rather than by a regular vet who may miss the heart murmur.The mode of inheritance of heart disease is not yet known and any dog affected with heart disease should not be used in breeding stock.
Caused by genetic factors, these cataracts can cause blindness and vision disturbances. Treatments are available for severe cases and require surgery to remove the cataracts.