Top 7 Common Health Issues in Rhodesian Ridgeback

Written By: Anushka

Rhodesian Ridgebacks can inherit genetic conditions such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and dermoid sinus. Regular vet check-ups are essential.


GDV, or bloat, is a life-threatening condition common in large breeds like Ridgebacks. Monitor feeding habits and seek immediate veterinary care for symptoms.

Gastric Dilatation Volvulus

Ridgebacks may develop hypothyroidism, leading to weight gain, lethargy, and skin issues. Regular thyroid function tests can help diagnose and manage this condition.


Skin conditions like dermatitis can affect Ridgebacks due to their sensitive skin. Proper grooming, diet, and flea prevention can help prevent and manage skin issues.


Cancer, including mast cell tumors and lymphoma, is a concern in Ridgebacks. Early detection through regular check-ups and screenings is crucial for treatment.


Ridgebacks are prone to eye issues like progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and cataracts. Routine eye exams can help detect and manage these conditions.

Eye Problems

Rhodesian Ridgebacks may develop heart conditions such as cardiomyopathy. Regular veterinary exams and screenings can help monitor heart health.

Heart Disease

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