Common health problems and illnesses
Eye problems can affect the Cocker in a number of ways, including progressive retinal atrophy, a degenerative disease of the retinal cells that progresses to blindness. Cataracts, a cloudy film that forms over the eye, can also be a problem, as well as glaucoma, a condition in which pressure builds up inside of the eyeball. If you notice any redness in your Cocker's eyes, or if he starts rubbing his face a lot, take him to the vet for a check-up.
Most dogs are susceptible to various common ear diseases – but particularly Cocker Spaniels with their oversized ears. These diseases can affect the external ear flap (such as haematoma), the middle/inner ear (vestibular disease, for example) or the ear canal (otitis). A haematoma is a blood-filled swelling that occurs in the ear flap, while the ear canal can become irritated by grass seeds, parasites, allergies or infections. Irritation can lead to a condition called otitis, which simply means 'inflammation of the ear canal’. It causes an intense itch, leading the dog to shake its head, flap its ears and scratch them using its back paws. If the otitis is due to an allergy, treatment is required for the dog's lifetime.
Like several other breeds, Cocker Spaniels are susceptible to slipped discs, also known as ‘intervertebral disc disease’. This occurs when the discs between the vertebrae (backbones) become damaged and brittle with age or general wear and tear. This makes the discs prone to rupturing, moving (‘slipping’) and pressing against the spinal cord itself. Treatment depends on the cause and location of the problem but may include medication, rest and possibly even surgery to help the dog live a comfortable life.
Our pet policies explained
- Our Time Limited policies cover an illness or condition (and their related conditions) for a maximum of 12 months from the date of the first treatment up to the limit you choose
- No more claims will be paid once the 12 month limit has been reached
- This cover is most suited for short-term illnesses and injuries
- Our Lifetime policies provide cover for all illnesses or conditions that occur in the policy year, up to the policy limit you choose
- The policy limit is then refreshed and applied again at renewal, so you know your furry family member is always covered
- This covers illness and injuries needing cover for longer than 12 months
Don't forget: if your pet has any pre-existing medical conditions when you take out your policy, we won't cover these or any condition linked to them.