Widely known for their determination and endurance, Siberian Huskies are often used as sled dogs. Huskies possess a thick, waterproof coat which helps to keep them warm during the winter and translates to a need for weekly brushing by their owners. This breed is highly energetic and inquisitive – without regular daily exercise, Huskies can become unmanageable and mischievous. The predatory instincts of this breed helps Huskies adapt well to life outdoors but also makes supervision necessary in homes where other small pets are present. Though they can be a handful at times, Siberian Huskies are a charming, outgoing breed perfect for experienced dog owners.
Siberian Huskies are a very fortunate breed of dog in that they are not prone to many health problems. Among the concerns most commonly affecting Huskies are congenital conditions like hip dysplasia and eye defects such as cataracts and retinal atrophy. Pet insurance may help you cover treatment and medications for these conditions.
While many breeds are prone to hip dysplasia, it is one of the most common diseases affecting Siberian Huskies. This condition usually develops within the first two years of life and is characterized by an abnormality of the hip joint in which the femur does not fit correctly into the socket. This condition can cause inflammation, pain and arthritis or lameness. Total hip replacement surgery, which costs between $1,500 and $3,000 per hip, is often necessary to correct this condition though alternative surgeries to repair the joint can be done for around $2,500 on both hips.
The second most common affliction Siberian Huskies are likely to inherit are eye defects such as juvenile cataracts, corneal dystrophy and retinal atrophy. Cataracts can manifest as early as three months and they can cause slight loss of vision or complete blindness. Cataract surgery generally costs between $1,000 and $1,500 per eye. Corneal dystrophy is a condition in which lipids collect in the cornea of the eye, causing a hazy appearance. There are currently no treatments for this condition and it rarely affects the dog’s vision. Retinal atrophy often results in the loss of night vision and may eventually lead to a total loss of vision. Surgical remedies for this condition are similar in cost to cataract surgeries.
Disclaimer: Symptoms, conditions, and costs may vary. Consult a licensed veterinarian to inquire about treatment options and cost of care for your particular situation. Check actual coverage and benefits for your dog to determine whether you will be covered by pet insurance.