Poodles of all sizes are generally fairly healthy with long lifespans. Most owners spend a lot more money at the groomer’s than at the vets. However, they do have a several serious health issues that can not only rack up large vet bills, but can also lead to an early death if not caught. A good owner should now the possible health issues in their breed, so they can watch for signs. The following are three of the top health concerns for your Poodle.
#1 – Eye Issues
Poodles are prone to several eye issues, including cataracts, corneal ulcers, retinal dysplasia, glaucoma, tear duct disorders, and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). PRA is inherited and purebred dogs that have it are registered with the Canine Eye Registration Foundation. It’s a good idea to ask any breeder you are speaking with about what eye diseases are present in their lines.
#2 – Idiopathic Epilepsy
Found in only thirty other breeds, this is the most common cause of epilepsy in all sizes of Poodle. It is can cause mild to severe seizures. Since this is an inherited disease, again it’s a good idea to ask your breeder if any of her breeding dogs (or their offspring) have been afflicted.
#3 – Addison’s Disease
Also called hypoadrenocorticism, Addison’s disease is when the adrenal gland does not produce enough adrenal hormone, which can lead to fatal complications. Lethargy is an early sign. It is a hard to diagnose disease and blood-work often looks like renal failure. An ACTH response test is the best way to tell if your Poodle has the disease.
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