The Siberian husky has become popular in the US for its agility, attractive appearance and loyalty. As the name suggests, these huskies originated in Siberia, where they were bred by Eskimo peoples as a sled dog. Though they are extremely active, these dogs can with proper training become excellent family pets, provided that they receive constant attention and are made to feel that they belong to a pack.
Should you Purchase Insurance for your Siberian Husky?
Siberian huskies are fairly robust dogs, usually living at least 12 years. Selective breeding has, however, left them susceptible to a number of congenital health problems:
- Bronchitis: the airways of dogs, like those of people, can become obstructed by fluid or inhaled objects, resulting in a cough. If the cough persists more than a day or two, owners are advised to consult their veterinarians, who can if necessary administer drugs to treat infections and to relax the bronchial tubes.
- Eye problems: the eyes of these dogs scratch easily, particularly in juveniles, and cataracts may form, requiring surgery to restore a dog’s sight. They are also prone to progressive retinal atrophy (PRA); as the name suggests, this disease occurs when the cells of a dog’s retinas degenerate. A single gene mutation is responsible for the problem, so it is imperative to know the breeding history before acquiring a puppy in order to ensure that none of its ancestors has gone blind.
- Gastrointestinal disorders: many huskies have sensitive stomachs, and they may pick up bacterial and parasitic infections while outdoors. These conditions are rarely life-threatening, but they are uncomfortable (and messy) for the dog. Drugs may be required to treat infections, and a special diet may be necessary. Stomach ulcers are also reported for this breed.
Huskies are so popular and expensive that thieves have been known to steal them for resale. And just as you would take measures to prevent your dog from being stolen, it also makes sense to be prepared in advance to protect your dog’s health, and one way to do so is to choose the pet health insurance plan that is right for you.