Common health issues.
The most common health issues with Rottweiler dogs include joint problems such as Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, and Panosteitis. Hip Dysplasia is a condition that affects the hip joint of big dogs such as the Rottweiler leading to limping. It’s believed to be genetic and can be treated with surgery or medical therapy. Elbow dysplasia, on the other hand, is characterized by the malformation of elbow joints leading to front limb lameness. In extreme conditions, elbow dysplasia can develop osteoarthritis. The condition is treatable through surgery.
Rottweiler dogs are also prone to eye problems such as cataracts and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA). Cataracts mostly appear older dogs and are treatable through surgery. The PRA, on the other hand, is common in younger Rottweiler dogs between 2 and five years of age and usually, results in night blindness which can progress to total blindness within a year from the onset. Unfortunately, this condition has no known treatment, but the dog can survive without vision.