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Common Health Problems Facing The Poodle

Aug 14, 2008
Although the Poodle has often been ranked as one of the ten most popular breeds they also face their share of Poodle health problems just like all other dog breeds. The most common of Poodle health problems affects the eyes. The most common eye problem for Poodles is progressive retinal atrophy or PRA.

This condition destroys the photoreceptors found on the retina in the eye. Basically it causes the retina to shrivel up as the disease progresses until the dog goes completely blind. As the dog ages the condition will get progressively worse, but it can appear in dogs anywhere between two years of age to eight years of age. A sudden appearance of being afraid of the dark is the most common symptom for a dog with this condition.

Also the PRA gene can remain dormant in a line of dogs for several generations before showing up in a dog. This makes it very difficult to predict which dogs are at risk of getting PRA and there is no cure for this condition currently.

This means the dog's platelets don't have the normal adhesive properties and prevents them from sticking together to stop bleeding. Rather if there are any holes the blood will continue to run out. Often the disease will go unnoticed in dogs until the dog has surgery or a traumatic injury and bleeds out before treatment can be done.

Therefore, the blood can continue to flow out of any injuries. Often the condition is unnoticed until the dog has surgery or experiences a traumatic injury, which then usually causes the dog to bleed out before treatment can be done.

Poodle health problems include bloat, which can occur in standard Poodles. This is a condition that can happen in any breed that is large and deep chested. While the exact cause is not known the results of this condition are always and quickly fatal.

Other Poodle health problems that affect the standard Poodle include bloat. This condition can affect all large breed dogs that are deep chested. The exact cause of this condition is unknown, but the results are fatal and quick. The stomach fills up like a balloon as a result of an excessive amount of gas and stomach fluids that fill up the stomach when it flips over on itself causing both ends to twist close.

This condition can only be cured by surgical care from a veterinarian within a few hours. The dog will die without care from a veterinarian and it will be a very painful death. While the bad news is that even with surgery the dog doesn't have a high chance of survival, the good news is that the successful surgeries will often correct the problem for the life of the dog.
About the Author
About the author: Lisa A Collins is an avid lover of the Poodle and has a popular website that can show you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Poodle . Among other topics at this website, you can also learn all about Poodle Health Problems plus a whole lot more.
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