Miniature Australian Shepherd Question

We have a beautiful miniature aussie puppy. We just found out that she may have a congenital...


We have a beautiful miniature aussie puppy. We just found out that she may have a congenital kidney defect. Is this a health issue that is common with mini aussies? We are just devastated. We are seeing a specialist tomorrow and hope that they are mistaken.

    In Miniature Australian Shepherd - Asked by Anonymous - 8/10/2011 7:48:05 PM
It's pretty uncommon for a puppy to have a malformed or undeveloped kidney. I have never seen it personally but I'm sure it happens from time to time, just as it does with human babies. It's definitely not a health issue common with Mini Aussies (or any breed that I know of). What symptoms did you see that had you concerned?
    Answered by 4seasonskennel - 9/12/2011 1:34:51 AM


We lost our 7 year old Jack Russel to kidney failure which was likely a problem from birth as he was very docile for a JR. Our vet said it is simply a disease that occurs for various reasons, just like in humans. We have a new mini aussie pup now.
    Answered by Anonymous - 12/26/2011 8:44:26 PM


Our mini just turned two and she suddenly became ill -she started vomiting and was not able to keep her food down. We took her into the vet and after a long day of tests the diagnosis is leading to a cogenital kidney problem - we likely have to take her to Purdue U Vet hospital Monday to complete her diagnosis. We are in shock and really want her to get better.
    Answered by Anonymous - 11/3/2012 11:40:05 AM