Miniature Poodles Common Health Issues
are no different the every breed of dog and is susceptible to its own list of breed-prevalent health concerns.
Some of these Dog Diseases and conditions are passed down through their genes, and some of them are simply more common because of their small stature.
Genetic issues are the main concern, of this list, but most other ailments can be treated with a thorough understanding of Dog First Aid and the appropriate medical techniques.
- Dog Hip
Dysplasia – This is not necessarily specific to the Poodle, although many poodles are predisposed to coming down with it. It's one of the most common dog diseases, and occurs when the hip socket doesn't fit well with the top of the femur. Most of the time this will be seen in larger dogs, but the Poodle Dog Breed has been known to come down with it, so medical screening is always a good idea if you get a new Poodle Puppy.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy – Progressive Retinal Atrophy, or PRA, is an eye condition that is inherited genetically. It usually first shows symptoms when the dog is a little older – around 5 or 6 years old – and slowly gets worse and worse until the dog is completely blind. Taking your miniature poodles to a veterinary ophthalmologist when he is about 4 years old can help you catch it early in its progression. Once the presence of PRA has been determined, it's best to take your Poodle back to the vet every year.
- Hypothyroidism – This is another common dog disease that shows up in Poodle Dogs quite a bit. It's when the thyroid doesn't produce enough hormones, resulting in obesity, lethargy, early fatigue, and a larger appetite. It can be fixed with medication, but never try to give a dog human thyroid meds (or any human medications for that matter) because often the binders and inactive ingredients can cause problems for the dog.
- Patellar Luxation – This is when the patella, or kneecap, slips out of place. The Poodle Dog Breed get this quite a bit because they are so active, and you will notice it when your dog starts limping or has trouble straightening his leg.
- Epilepsy – Epilepsy is a very poodle-specific dog disorder and is seen a lot in all three versions of poodle, but especially the Small Miniature Poodle. This is a fully genetic condition and is known as idiopathic epilepsy, a disease that can cause violent seizures triggered by external stimuli. Even though it's inherited 90% of the time and there is not much you can do about it, there can also be other causes of epilepsy, so Visit Your Veterinarian and have your dog looked at immediately when you start to notice it.
Understanding all of these basic Poodle diseases can help you stay calm when your dog starts acting a little funny.
It's always a good idea to have your miniature poodle looked at by a professional if anything appears top be wrong.
With the proper care you'll have your pooch around for many years to come.
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