Rough Collie Health Issues

There are many health issues faced by Rough Collies. Several of these issues can lead to premature death or illness. Cancer is a major cause of death for older dogs, but the good news is that some cancers are curable. Early detection is critical for a successful treatment. Your veterinarian will look for lumps and bumps during annual exams.


While the lifespan of a Rough Collie is approximately 10 to 14 years, there are a number of health problems that can affect your pet. These include drug sensitivities, bloat, epilepsy, and progressive retinal atrophy. These health issues can also be caused by genetic mutations in your dog, so it is important to have your dog checked regularly by a vet.

A Rough Collie’s pancreas produces digestive enzymes and regulates blood sugar levels. If the pancreas doesn’t function properly, Rough Collies can develop a serious health problem known as bloat. Signs of this disease include drooling, pale gums, dry heaving, and general signs of discomfort. To help your pet overcome this condition, you should regularly exercise your Roughie, and make sure she gets plenty of fresh air and exercise.

In addition to eye problems, Rough Collies can also suffer from several genetic health problems. Hip dysplasia, for example, affects the hip joints, while elbow dysplasia affects the elbows. In severe cases, the condition can even lead to blindness. There is no cure for either of these problems, so it is crucial to get your Roughie tested before breeding.


A genetic disorder affecting the eyes of Collies is known as collie eye anomaly (CEA). The disease causes a thinning or loss of pigment in the optic disc. It also causes the choroid layer of the eye to thin. Symptoms can vary from one dog to another. Some dogs have normal vision, while others exhibit varying degrees of degeneration.

Genetic testing of the collie breed has allowed researchers to determine if any individual dog carries the disease. This genetic test can identify clinically healthy carriers and genetically affected recessive homozygotes. In the current study, 496 dogs were genotyped for the presence of a 7.8 kb deletion in intron 4 of the NHEJ1 gene. The breeds genotyped included the Border collie, the Shetland sheepdog, and the Australian Shepherd. There were also 11 females and one male in the rough collie breed.

The cause of CEA is not fully understood, but researchers believe that it is closely associated with collie breeds. In severe cases, it can lead to blindness. However, genetic screening tests and responsible breeding can help reduce the incidence.


One of the most common health problems in Collies is cancer. This is one of the main reasons for dog deaths in their golden years, but it is treatable with the right treatment. Early detection is the key to treating cancer. Your veterinarian will check for any lumps or bumps during each exam.

A good way to keep your Rough Collie healthy is to brush the coat regularly. The Rough Collie can be sensitive to medications, so it’s vital to keep him clean and brushed. Rough Collies are also very sensitive to certain drugs, such as ivermectin in heartworm preventives.

While there is no reliable historical tumor registries for dogs, an increase in cancer diagnosis may be due to the improved health and welfare of pets. A rise in cancer may also be attributed to higher expectations from owners. Regardless of cause, cancer generally occurs at a later age, so if you have a Collie that’s getting older, cancer is more likely to strike.

If a tumor is located on the stomach or on the chest, it may be treated with surgery or chemotherapy. For localized tumors, chemotherapy may be administered by a veterinary oncologist. This procedure is relatively painless and is generally performed on an outpatient basis. The patient may experience skin problems, fatigue, or pain in the affected area. The treatment schedule may include four or five treatments. However, the prognosis for a dog with a malignant stomach tumor is not good. The cancer is usually in an advanced stage.


While there are many different types of health problems that affect Collies, bloat is the most serious and potentially life-threatening. Bloat, also known as gastric torsion, is caused by a stomach that twists out of shape, cutting off blood flow to the stomach. If left untreated, bloated dogs may die within hours. Symptoms of bloat include restlessness, drooling, and pain. An immediate visit to the vet is required. A veterinarian will perform a procedure called stomach tacking to stop the stomach from twisting.

Fortunately, most Rough Collie health issues are preventable. Regular checkups by a veterinarian will help ensure your dog has the best possible life. A veterinarian can check your dog for any bumps or lumps that may be present. Even if your dog doesn’t exhibit any symptoms, you should take him to a veterinarian as soon as possible to be sure.

Another common health problem in collies is obesity. This condition can lead to many health problems, including joint problems, metabolic disorders, and digestive disorders. Obesity can also lead to heart disease and back pain. If you want to help your dog maintain a healthy weight, you should avoid feeding them too often. Feeding them a big meal will cause bloat. It’s best to feed them in smaller portions throughout the day.

Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency

Exocrine pancreatic insuficiency (EPI) is an irreversible disease in which the pancreas fails to produce adequate quantities of digestive enzymes. The disease results from the destruction of pancreatic acinar cells. The pancreatic acinar cells are responsible for the absorption and metabolism of most of the diet’s macronutrients. If the pancreatic acinar cells are destroyed, this can lead to chronic pancreatitis and concurrent diabetes.

The most common cause of exocrine pancreatic insufficency in dogs is pancreatic acinar atrophy. Chronic pancreatitis is also a contributing factor. The most reliable way to diagnose and treat this disease is through blood tests that measure the serum Trypsin-Like immunoreactivity, or TLI.

Earlier studies of exocrine pancreatic insufficency (EPI) in dogs have relied on morphological findings during the clinical phase of the disease. However, it has been shown that low serum TLI can help diagnose the disease prior to the onset of clinical signs. This disease affects both male and female animals equally.

In addition to serum TLI, EPI can result in a reduced level of amylase and lipase. However, these enzymes are not tissue-specific, so a normal serum value cannot rule out the diagnosis.

CEA causes progressive wasting of photoreceptor cells in the dog’s eyes

Early-onset forms of CEA occur between two and six weeks of age and are characterized by abnormal development of cone and rod photoreceptor cells. Four forms of the disorder have been described and are genetically distinct. Type 1 affects puppies and occurs at an early age in young dogs, while type 2 affects older dogs.

CEA causes progressive wasting of photoresponse cells in the dog’s eyes. Infected dogs lose the ability to adapt to dim light and eventually develop night blindness. Over a period of 2 years, affected dogs will lose day vision and eventually become blind. A single bp insertion in CCDC66, a gene evolutionarily conserved in different vertebrates, causes the disease. Differential splicing of the gene produces various retinal isoforms.

CEA is an inherited eye disease that affects the dog’s retina. It affects many breeds of dogs, although the symptoms are usually not apparent until the dog is four months old. This disease results in multifocal elevations of the retina and accumulation of subretinal serous fluid. In older dogs, multifocal outer retinal atrophy (MOR) may result.


Rough Collies are susceptible to several health problems. These include several autoimmune diseases and skin conditions. These diseases can cause skin inflammation and even hair loss. One of these diseases is dermatomyositis, which affects the skin and muscles of Collies and Shelties. This disease can cause permanent scarring. Treatment focuses on preventing the onset of symptoms and controlling the inflammation.

Another common problem is multidrug sensitivity, wherein the Collie can have a toxic reaction to drugs. If your dog has this sensitivity, your vet will need to test for it and suggest alternative medications. In addition, some collies develop gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV), which can twist the stomach, causing death. To prevent this condition, you should limit the size of your dog’s meals and avoid exercising immediately after eating.

Rough Collie health issues may also be preventable, and it is always good to visit your vet regularly. While some problems are hereditary, such as PRA, most can be prevented with proper care. A good diet, a regular vet visit, and regular examinations are essential for keeping your Collie healthy.

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