Tibetan Spaniels Health Issues
The most common health problems in Tibetan Spaniels:
Eye diseases are the major concern in Tibetan Spaniels, especially progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), eyelash abnormalities, cherry eye, tear duct disorders, and lens luxation.
Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).
Orthopedic diseases are a continuing concern, especially luxating patella (very common), hip dysplasia (somewhat common), and elbow dysplasia (the least common). The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 240 Tibetan Spaniels and found 8% dysplastic. This is high for a small dog.
Liver shunt and heart disease occur in Tibetan Spaniels.
Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Tibetan Spaniel?
Yes, often you can.
- Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Tibetan Spaniels today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Tibetan Spaniel puppy who is genetically healthy.
- Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Tibetan Spaniel puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.
Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Tibetan Spaniel puppy or adult dog:
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.
Read my advice on daily health care so your Tibetan Spaniel lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.
The best diet for feeding your Tibetan Spaniel is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish.This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.
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