Collies are, as a rule, a fairly healthy breed with a few breed specific health issues
that every Collie owner should take the time to educate themselves about. In general
though most Collies will only require annual wellness exams from your veterinarian
and appropriate senior dog care as they age. Things like a good quality food, proper
grooming and dental care, heartworm prevention and regional appropriate vaccinations
(or titer tests) will go a long, long way in ensuring your Collie is happy and healthy
and can add years to the life of your dog. Spaying and neutering at an appropriate
age has a varitey of health benefits including reducing the risk of testicular cancer
and pyometra in females.
Like all breeds, Collies have certain health issues that are more common in Collies
and Collie owners need to ensure they know about these issues and educate both themselves
and, in some cases, their veterinarians. With certain issues, like the Multi-drug
sensitivity (or MDR1) it can literally mean the difference between life and death
if your veterinarian doesn’t know your Collie may be at risk.