While certain siberian huskies are able to live as long as 16 years old, their average lifespan is between 10 and 13 years. For all breeds, including Huskies, females tend to live more than males.

The Siberian Husky named Kody lived in Philadelphia and was the age of 16. Kody was profiled in local papers prior to his death in the year 2011. On all over the Internet There are stories of Siberian Huskies the age of 19 or 18 years old, however it's hard to confirm the years of age of dogs. Presently we know that it appears that the Guinness Book of World Recordsand other reliable sources do not have any record of the oldest Husky.

However, it's apparent that Huskies are able tolive to old age when taken care of. Let's look at the stages of life for the husky, and how you can ensure that your pet healthy and happy!


Health Problems


As your Siberian husky ages and he develops ailments that could cut down his lifespan, or make his later years less enjoyable. Since huskies are work dogs they are able to be physically active, so limiting their opportunities for exercise or overfeeding him could contribute to obesity that could cause premature death. Maintaining your dog's healthy and fit can to ensure a long and healthy and happy life. Genetic conditions, such as hip dysplasia or progressive retinal atrophy can result in an increase in your Husky's overall health.

Life Stages


Siberian Huskies typically reach adult size between 12 and 13 months old. They are considered to be adult dogs that are between 1 to seven years of age. If your dog is at 7 years old the dog is thought to be an adult dog. You might need to modify the diet of your dog as he grows older and you'll notice you're not so active as he was. Since aging is different for different breeds You will need be aware of the specific needs of your dog and determine when it is the right time to begin adjusting his routine.



Accidents are among the most common causes of death in all breeds of dogs. Siberian Huskies could be at risk because of their inclination to running. If you have one of these dogs, don't let it run loose in an area that is not enclosed. Be sure to keep your pet in a leash or in a harness while walking or running outdoors and provide many opportunities for free running in enclosed areas, for example, a large yard or dog-friendly park.




Genetic Predispositions of Siberian Huskies



Eye Problems


Few things can affect as profoundly on the quality of your dog's existence as the working of the eyes. Unfortunately, the Siberian Huskies may be born with or develop a variety of eye disorders that could cause blindness if they are not treated immediately, and many of them are extremely painful! We'll examine his eyes during every exam to check for any warning signs.

Cataracts are the most common cause of blindness among older Huskies. We'll look at the lens of his eyes change more opaque, meaning they appear blurred instead of clear when we look at the eyes of him. Some dogs are able to adjust to losing vision and are able to live with it. Surgery to eliminate cataracts and restore vision could be a possibility.




Glaucoma is an eye disease that affects Siberian Huskies as well as other people is a very painful illness that quickly leads to blindness if not treated. Signs of the disease include watery eyes and cornea bluing (the transparent front that is the front of our eyes) and redness of the eye's whites. The pain is not often noticed by pet owners, even though it's often present and very severe. Patients with certain kinds of glaucoma typically report it's like being struck in the eye by an Ice pick! Yikes! In more severe cases eye appearance may appear large or appear to be swelling like it's expanding. The doctor will conduct a yearly Glaucoma exam to determine the cause and begin treatment as soon as is possible. Glaucoma is an emergency medical situation. If you notice any signs do not hesitate to contact us. Instead, visit the nearest emergency center!

Cornea is the exterior layer located in face of the eye. Corneal dystrophy is an inheritable condition in Siberian Huskies which creates small white crystal deposits to form within one of the cornea's layers. There isn't a known efficient treatment for medically removing the deposits. The condition usually develops gradually, isn't painful or cause any vision impairment, however total or partial blindness can occur. In extreme cases, surgery might be considered, however crystals can come back.

Bleeding Disorders


There are many types of bleeding disorders that can be inherited. They can be found in dogs. They vary in severity, ranging from moderate to extremely extreme. A pet's behavior can appear normal until an injury is sustained or surgery is done and then extreme bleeding may occur. Von Willebrand's Disease is a blood-clotting disorder that is often seen among Siberian Huskies. We'll run diagnostic tests to determine the time it takes for blood clotting or a particular Blood test for DNA that is specific to Von Willebrand's Disease or similar diseases to identify this issue before performing surgery.



There are three kinds of seizures that dogs experience which are reactive, secondary and primary. Reactive seizures result from the brain's response to a metabolic issue like low blood sugar levels, organ dysfunction, or toxin. Secondary seizures result of stroke, brain tumor or trauma. If there is no cause that can be identified, the condition is referred to as primary or epilepsy idiopathic. It is usually an acquired disorder, and Siberian Huskies are frequently being affected. If you know someone who is susceptible to seizures, they'll typically begin between the ages of six and three old. age. A diagnostic test can help identify the source of the problem. A lifelong dose of medication is typically required to to keep seizures under control as well as periodic blood tests needed to check for adverse effects and efficacy. If your dog is suffering from seizures: Take care to prevent the dog from injuring himself however, don't attempt to control your dog's tongue or mouth. It will not help him and he might even bite you in a haphazard way! Take note of the duration of the seizures, and then call us or visit an emergency hospital.

Laryngeal Paralysis


The older Huskies could develop this condition that causes vocal cords become disabled and hang down the airway. Be aware of loud breathing, particularly during exercise or during hot, humid conditions. In extreme cases, a pet might collapse and have trouble breathing. In mild cases, the problem can be addressed through changes in the home environment and, if necessary, medications. Make sure to see him immediately when you spot signs of trouble as you don't want the problem to develop into an emergency surgery!

High Blood Pressure


They are more susceptible than all breeds of dog to develop hypertension (also known as hypertension) that can occur as a result of itself or as a result of another illness. Hypertension can lead to strokes and blindness in dogs, as it could happen to humans. We'll measure his blood pressure frequently and will prescribe blood pressure medicine when needed.

Heart Disease


Certain breeds such as your Husky are born with various heart problems. The majority of them impact structures of the heart's wall that divides it or the vessels. They may also cause issues in the electric signals which regulate the heartbeat, or affect the function of the heart valve. Due to the high risk of developing heart disease, we'll pay close attention to the heart during every exam. A special test is recommended when we hear an unusual heart murmur or observe unusual symptoms such as fatiguedness or coughing, swelling of the stomach, or fainting.



Cancer is a major cause of death in old dogs. The Husky is likely to live longer than other breeds, making him more susceptible to developing cancer during his senior years. A lot of cancers can be treated by surgically eliminating them while some can be treated with chemotherapy. The earlier detection is crucial! We'll run periodic diagnostic tests and search for bumps and lumps as we inspect your pet.

Hip Dysplasia


There's a good chance you've heard of hip dysplasia, a genetic condition that causes hip joints to grow incorrectly, which leads to arthritis. It's prevalent in Siberian Huskies. It is possible the lameness of the hind legs, or has difficulties getting up after lying down. It is possible to treat arthritis, the sooner is better to prevent discomfort and discomfort. We'll conduct X-rays of your dog's joints in order to detect the problem as soon as is feasible. Surgery is often thought of in the most severe and life-threatening instances that involve hip dysplasia. Remember that dogs who are overweight might develop arthritis before those of normal weight, leading to unnecessary pain and suffering.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease


It is an inflammation Bowel Disease or IBD is an immune system disorder that is common in Huskies where the lining of the intestinal tract is overrun with immune system cells known as lymphocytes as well as plasmacytes. The intestinal lining and stomach is weakened, which affects his capacity to absorb nutrients in a proper manner. Constant vomiting or diarrhea is not uncommon, but it can appear suddenly, and then get better for a while. Stress, changes in diet or intestinal parasites can cause it to get more severe. If someone you know has stomach upsets or diarrhea which are not caused by more typical causes diagnostic tests, such as an intestinal biopsy, are necessary. Special diets and medications for life are often required to keep this stomachache under control.

Degenerative Myelopathy


Degenerative Myelopathy is a neurologic disorder, like ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease in people. It causes weakness and impairment of neuromuscular function of hind legs. It is a problem that affects Huskies more often as compared to other breeds. If your dog suffers from this illness, he'll be more weak and disabled in hind legs. He will eventually experience the hindquarters becoming paralyzed, and incontinence. Rehab, exercise, acupuncture as well as dietary supplements may be beneficial however, there isn't a cure. A genetic test can be performed to determine if your pet is susceptible to this hereditary illness.

Autoimmune Skin Disease


Pemphigus foliaceus is a mild skin disease that is frequent on Siberian Huskies. It usually begins about four years old and can cause hair loss and crusts generally on top of the nose, and in the ears flap. There are dogs who have it on their feetpads and toenails. The bacteria usually infiltrate the damaged region, and the secondary infections of skin are quite common. Skin crusts usually wax and fade; there's no cure for it, however, there are several efficient treatments. The sun's UV rays cause more damage by causing more damage, so apply zinc-free sunscreen on areas that are sensitive prior to going out in the sun.

The disease is complex and occurs with a higher frequency within Siberian Huskies , is also known as uveodermatologic disorder "uveo" which refers to the inner part of the eye as well as "derm" which refers to skin. It is an autoimmune condition that occurs when your immune system targets cells that produce pigmentation on the skin and within the eyes. It may cause blindness or pain inside the eye as well as the pigmented areas of the lips, nose, and skin , to shift from light to dark. The effect of sunlight is worsened.

Skin Infections


Your Husky is susceptible to an infection of the skin known as zinc-responsive skin dermatosis, which the dog isn't getting enough zinc from the diet or doesn't absorb the zinc in a suitable way. It can be seen as hairless, red or scaling, crusting or bleeding skin around the eyelids, chin, mouth and ears, or spots on the feet pads and the nose. If your dog is diagnosed with this condition, we'll recommend an appropriately controlled dosage of zinc into the diet of your dog.

Thyroid Problems


Huskies can be affected by an ailment known as hypothyroidism, in which the body does not produce sufficient thyroid hormone. The signs include dry coat and skin hair loss, vulnerability to other skin disorders as well as fears, weight gain and aggression, as well as other changes in behavior. The doctor will conduct a blood test each year to check for the condition. Treatment is usually straightforward and includes replacement hormones as pills.

Bladder Disease


The ureters are tiny tubes that allow the urine produced within each kidney to pass into the bladder. In rare cases during the breeding of Siberian Huskies, one of the tubes is connected in the wrong spot and the urine flows out of the bladder, instead of flowing into the bladder inside the bladder. The bladder is a natural storage place for urine and emptying on demand however, urine that does not spill into the bladder will run out of itself. This is known as Ectopic Ureter and it causes leakage of urine. After the problem is discovered through x-rays, or ultrasound scans of your bladder, the urinary tract may be surgically restored to the place it is.

Liver Enzyme


Hyperphosphatemia refers to an increased level of an enzyme known as alkalinephosphatase, also known as ALP in bloodstream. Siberian Huskies with hyperphosphatemia usually show no indications of illness but a microscopic inspection of their livers could uncover abnormalities within their liver cells. Other illnesses are more serious and may trigger this enzyme become raised. So long as these other conditions are studied and eliminated, the need for treatment is not necessary.

Take Care of the Health of Your Siberian Husky at Your Home




A lot of what you can do in order to keep your dog content and healthy is common sense as it is for us. Be aware of her diet, make sure she's getting plenty of exercise, frequently clean her coat and teeth and then call us or visit a pet emergency vet if there is something that seems odd (see "What to Watch For" below). Make sure you follow the routine of exams and vaccinations we suggest for her. We'll offer her the required "check-ups" and will test her for illnesses and conditions that are prevalent among Huskies. Another important aspect of taking care of your pet is to sign up for health insurance for your pet. There will be certain medical tests and procedures that she will require throughout her life as well as pet insurance can assist you in covering those expenses.

Regular Care, Diet and Exercise


Integrate routine care for your dog into your daily routine to assist your Husky live longer, be more healthy and happier throughout her life. We can't stress enough the importance of a good diet and routine of exercise.

  • Be sure to supervise your pet just as you would supervise a child. Keep doors shut, clean up your mess, and block off rooms when necessary. This will keep her out danger and away from things that she shouldn't be putting in her mouth.
  • She requires an extensive brushing at minimum once a week for the majority of the time. Twice per year, she blows out her coat and sheds massive amounts of hair. it is suggested to brush daily during this period.
  • Siberian Huskies usually have excellent teeth. You can maintain them by cleaning them at least twice every week!
  • Make sure to clean her ears regularly Even as an infant. We'll guide you through the process!
  • The dog is smart, with loads of energy. So make sure to keep her body and mind busy, or she'll be bored. This is when the fun begins.
  • She has a strong prey drive, therefore she must be leashed and walked, and a strong fence is essential.
  • The condition can be influenced by snow nose that is a loss of color from the nose, which makes her more susceptible to sunburn. She'll require safe for dogs (zinc-free) sunblock.
  • Maintain a consistent diet for your dog and avoid giving her food.
  • Eat a nutritious, high-quality diet suitable to her age.
  • Do your dog's exercise regularly However, don't do too much initially.


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