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Animal Scene - 2021-11-01

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HEALTH

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The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a generally healthy breed, with an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years. But because of their size, like any medium-tolarge dogs, there may still be minor issues, such as elbow dysplasia, canine hip dysplasia, and hypothyroidism. A common genetic problem is dermoid sinus, a tubular skin defect that can be recognized in young puppies as an opening in the middle of the back with protruding hair, often in a swirl. This condition is treatable but may require surgery, according to the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

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