Health & Well-Being
The years ahead can be especially rewarding for both of you when attention is paid to your Pointer’s health and well-being. Pointers are generally healthy with a life expectancy between 10-14 years.
Although the incidence is small, as with any breed, there are a few known health concerns. These include epilepsy, hip dysplasia, and eye and autoimmune disorders (skin allergies, hypothyroidism, etc.). Even though parents have been x-rayed and cleared of genetic disorders, they can still carry the genes for them. It is always recommended that health tests be performed before you consider breeding your dog in order to decrease the odds of passing on harmful genes.
It is very important to find a veterinarian that you are comfortable with and have confidence in to care for your Pointer. All dogs should have an annual exam and be up-to-date on shots. Aim to feed a high-quality, nutritious, well-balanced commercial diet and always provide plenty of fresh, clean water. Brushing your Pointer’s teeth is also beneficial. Your vet can show you how and provide you with proper supplies.