The Alaskan Malamute
The following diseases are reported to occur more frequently in the Alaskan Malamute than in the general dog population. In some cases the disease either has, or is believed to have, a genetic, hereditary cause but many of the diseases listed here do not have a proven genetic basis. 

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Alimentary tract diseases
This section includes diseases that involve the mouth, oesophagus (gullet), stomach, small intestine (duodenum and ileum), large intestine (colon and rectum), liver and pancreas.

Diseases involving the mouth

Diseases affecting the gullet (oesophagus)

Diseases involving the pancreas

Diseases affecting the small intestine

Diseases affecting the large intestine

Blood diseases

Cardiovascular diseases

Heart valve disorders

Abnormal development of major blood vessels to the heart

Heart muscle disease


  • Anal sac adenocarcinoma
  • Sebaceous gland tumours

Endocrine (Hormonal) diseases

Eye diseases

  • Hemeralopia (day blindness) (Recessive)
Diseases of the eyeball

Diseases of the eyelids

Diseases of the third eyelid (nictitating membrane)

Diseases of the cornea

Diseases of the lens

Diseases of the retina

  • Generalised progressive retinal atrophy

Immune system diseases

Kidney Disease

  • Renal cortical hypoplasia

Liver diseases

Nervous system diseases

  • Narcolepsy-Catalepsy

Orthopaedic diseases

  • Cartilaginous exostosis
  • Chondrodysplasia (Dwarfism) (Recessive)

Respiratory diseases

Skin diseases

  • Castration-responsive dermatosis
  • Demodicosis (Demodex mite)
  • Follicular dysplasia
  • Post-clipping alopecia
  • Skin tumours
  • Uveodermatological syndrome
  • Vitiligo (nasal)
  • Zinc-responsive dermatosis

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