A CHALLENGE TO BREEDERS EVERYWHERE
(Editorial Note: It takes breeders with a true love of their breed and the determination to see it become stronger and better to disclose problems within their lines. Unfortunately the majority of ‘breeders’ lack this fortitude and prefer to breed with a heads-in-the-sand view, ultimately causing the breed (any breed) incalculable damage. It is only with such forthrightness as the Stewarts have displayed that we will begin to slow and possibly eradicate the disorders effecting those animals entrusted to us and who trust us to do the best possible for them.)
Listed below you will find the problems that have cropped up in the Klompen Keeshonden line, beginning with the ones which have occurred most frequently. This page will continue to be updated. For more information about how the problems have affected our line of dogs please click on the names below.
Commonly known as Beagle Syndrome. If properly diagnosed and treated this autoimmune problem is a minor condition. If not, it can be life threatening. Problems occur between the ages of 6 months and 2 years. Symptoms include: soreness and stiffness of the neck, and lethargy. If left untreated high temperatures can be experienced. Treatment includes antibiotics, and for more severe cases - steriods. This problem has been misdiagnosed as neck injury, or Meningitis.
Editor’s Note: It is with great appreciation that we recognize the contribution that the Stewarts have made to this site. Without the sharing of information and experience, the dog world would be a much poorer and barren place. Please visit their Klompen Keeshonden website.
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