Pet owners must also know that cocker spaniels have high risks for developing two forms of autoimmune diseases. The good news is that both illnesses have successful treatments that will save the life of the dog once these are administered as soon as possible.
• Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA) is the medical condition where the immune system attacks its own blood cells. The causes include systemic lupus erythematosus, bacterial infections and medications especially vaccines while symptoms include pale complexion, fatigue and jaundice.
Treatments with steroids and, in severe cases, chemotherapy drugs have been proven effective.
• Yet another of the autoimmune cocker spaniel health problems is autoimmune thyroiditis for which the breed has high prevalence.
Primary keratinization disorder is the most known skin disease in cocker spaniels. It is caused by the excessive production of skin cells so much so that the skin starts to become slippery, dry ,flaking and ugly.
Some uncommon health issues
that can also have an effect on English Cocker Spaniels include canine hip dysplasia, patellar lunation, canine dilated cardiomyopathy, and heart murmurs.