Like any breed of dog, American Bullies are prone to certain health issues. Here are some of the health problems that are commonly seen in American Bullies:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Skin Allergies
- Brachycephalic Syndrome
This is a condition where the hip joint doesn't develop properly, leading to arthritis and pain. Due to American Bullies’ build being broad and muscular, this makes them prone to this issue.
American Bullies may be prone to skin allergies that can cause itching, redness, and hair loss. Some skin allergies are eczema and seborrhea. Eczema is characterized by itchy, dry patches of flaky or red skin. Seborrhea (a dysfunction that causes inability to provide moisturizing oil to the skin) can result in either excessively dry or excessively oily skin.
This is a condition that affects dogs with short snouts, such as the American Bully. It can cause breathing difficulties, snoring, and other respiratory problems.
Some American Bullies may develop cataracts, a clouding of the eye's lens that can lead to blindness. Cataracts in dogs may be hereditary and if your Bully carries this gene mutation, the chances of them getting cataracts may increase.
Obesity is a common problem in American Bullies, which can lead to other health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and joint problems. Be sure to include healthy ingredients in your Bully's every day diet with consistent and moderated meals.
This is a condition where the thyroid gland doesn't produce enough thyroid hormone, leading to weight gain, lethargy, and other symptoms. Bully breeds are prone to developing hypothyroidism caused by an autoimmune disease or a genetic disorder.
It's important to note that not all American Bullies will develop these health problems, and that responsible breeding practices can help reduce the risk of these and other health issues. Regular veterinary check-ups and a healthy diet and exercise routine can also help keep American Bullies healthy and happy.