Common Pit Bull Health Problems

Common Pit Bull Health Problems

Many dogs of bully breeds like American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bully, or Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and sometimes American Bulldog Terriers have lots of similar health issues. The most common problems seen in pits are hip dysplasia, knee problems, parvo, allergies, and mange.  These health problems can present themselves early, while still puppies or later in adult dogs.

Hip dysplasia and knee problems are common in larger breeds; pit bulls are susceptible to these problems because of their genetics, weight and athletic abilities. These can be treated effectively with vitamins and medication, but also giving your dog the proper nutrient, and taking them to the vet as recommended can prevent these issues from getting worse. Ultimately, through the old age of any dog, the bones and joints become weaker.

Parvo is a dangerous, viral disease that is transmitted through a canine’s infected feces by another dog, person or animal. This disease can cause vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite. The parvovirus can be treated after, which takes longer and has lasting effects, while the easiest way to prevent this disease is having your puppy vaccinated as soon as possible.

Pit Bulls are known to have sensitive skin and persistent allergies, what causes this breed to be more susceptible to these problems, are unknown. Just like your allergies, different seasons and pollens can irritate your pup and have them sneezing coughing or full of thick mucus. Mange is passed from canine-to-canine, and if your puppy has it, the chance is it was passed to them by the mother. Mange is caused by parasites in the hair follicles, while all dogs may have individual mites; these multiply, and begin to attack your dog’s skin, leaving the unsightly patches, and irritated skin and paws. Although, many of the skin and airborne allergies can be managed with over-the-counter medications and supplements, or just switching out your dog’s food or watching what you fertilize the grass with.


These typical Pit Bull health problems are nothing to be alarmed about, and occur in total to about 30% of all pit bull breeds, do your research on your pup’s breed line, and parents for more medical health history.

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