AFTER making the decision to welcome a furry four-legged friend into your home, an even trickier decision awaits.
What breed should you go for?
From Beagles and Bulldogs to Poodles and Pugs, the options really are endless – and there are lots of different factors to consider.
And if it's the breed's health tendencies you're eager to know more about, then vet med Lindsey Whitlock, who posts under the acronym @dogtor_lindsey, may just be able to help.
Taking to TikTok, she posted a video revealing the dog breeds she sees "often in the hospital" – before going on to brand them a "walking vet bill."
On Lindsey's list includes: Bulldog, Pug, German Shepherd, French Bulldog, Labrador, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Dachshund.
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The clip has since garnered a whopping 379,000 views and been flooded with comments from pet owners – with many sharing their own experiences.
"I love my cavalier more than anything in the entire world but he’s so expensive. Always at the vet," admitted one.
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A second agreed: "My cavalier has such bad heart problems."
Lindsey replied: "They are prone to a disease called mitral valve syndrome unfortunately – great family dog, though!"
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A third penned: "My German Shepard that’s allergic to everything under the sun."
The vet med responded: "Yesss, they always have some thing going on!"
Expanding on a few of the issues they tend to suffer with, she continued: "Large dog things such as 1) GDV 2)hip dysplasia and they are also allergy prone and are the #1 breed for perianal fistulas."
Lindsey also replied to another social media user who asked why Dachsunds are on the list.
"Their long body supported by those little legs leads to them being very prone to spinal issues!" she warned.
However, others with some of the named breeds appear to have been rather lucky – and haven't experienced any problems.
"My Lab is the healthiest dog, so can’t relate," commented one.
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Another noted: "My Frenchie is 6. And hes never been to a vet. Apart from having his booster."
A third added: "It's crazy to me because I've owned GSDs and they've only had very minor issues!!"
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