Toy poodles are known to be great companions amongst dog owners. They have particular traits that make them ideal pets, such as being incredible watchdogs, easy to train, intelligent, hypoallergenic, playful, etc. Toy poodles live for a long time as well. However, they are not perfect and they are vulnerable to developing and/or acquiring diseases.
Here are the top health issue amongst toy poodles:
1. Bladder Stones
Dogs can also suffer from bladder stones just like humans do, and this can make your toy poodle incredibly uncomfortable. These bladder stones take place when high concentrations of minerals are present in the urine. Infections in the bladder are also contributors to the emergence of bladder stones. Bladder stones always start out small but it can grow in size or number over time. The following are signs that your toy poodle might be experiencing bladder stones:
- Having difficulties urinating, like frequently attempting to urinate but not producing lots of urine.
- Urinating more than he or she normally would.
- Straining to urinate.
- Urine has blood or is discoloured.
- Accidents when urinating.
These symptoms can also be displayed by dogs experiencing other health problems concerning the urinary tract. If your toy poodle is showing any of the ones mentioned, it is best to contact your veterinarian right away for proper diagnosis.
2. Skin Tumours
Abnormal cell growth on the skin of a dog results in a skin tumour. These are lumps that can only be surgically removed. These tumours can be benign or malignant, which means it could spread throughout other areas of the dog’s body. To determine the kind of tumour, a biopsy will be performed. If the tumour is benign, it should not be much of a concern; however, if it is malignant, the vet will likely advise you to get it treated immediately. Having the lumps on your dog’s skin checked by the expert is recommended.
3. Cushing’s Disease
Hyperadrenocorticism or Cushing’s disease is a serious medical condition that occurs when there is a malfunction of the adrenal glands, which causes it to produce too much cortisol aka steroid hormone. Although this is a common problem in dogs, poodles, including toy poodles, are more likely to get affected compared to other dogs. The following are signs that your dog might be suffering from this health issue:
- High appetite but low activeness
- Drinks and urinates more than he usually does
- Hair loss
- Skin becomes thinner
- Swollen abdomen
These signs should not be overlooked as it can be early signs of Cushing’s disease. Possible treatment for this would be oral medications that require proper and accurate monitoring to ensure the right dosage.
Generally, dogs also have a tendency to experience this health issue, and toy poodles are not an exemption. This is actually just one of their common eye concerns. Some of the other eye problems can be painful and may lead to blindness if not treated immediately. Eye problems include the following:
When a toy poodle experiences cataracts, the lens of their eyes start to become cloudy or opaque rather than clear. Your dog might also show signs of difficulties in seeing, such as bumping into furniture, doors, and walls.
5. Tracheal Collapse
The trachea, also known as ‘windpipe,’ is composed of cartilage rings which are where the air is transported through. The weakness of the windpipe results in tracheal collapse. Once your toy poodle displays the following signs, it is time for another visit to the vet.
- Breathing problems/having difficulty breathing
- Frequent/constant coughing
- The gums have a bluish tinge
- Unwillingness to exercise
The best defence for these health issues in toy poodles is by observing occurrences of the symptoms. You can also consult your veterinarian regarding preventive measures that may minimise the mentioned health issues as well as other possible diseases that your favourite canine companion might suffer from.
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