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Health Problems Of The Pomeranian

Aug 21, 2008
Toy breeds are affected by many health problems and the Pomeranian is one of them. It is very important that you look out for Pomeranian health problems. By knowing which health problems to be on the lookout for you can spot health problems before they become life threatening or permanently harm the dog, allowing the veterinarian to treat the condition before it is too late.

A condition called Patent Ductus Arteriosus or PDA commonly affects Pomeranian's. It is a type of congenital heart disease that can lead to heart failure and death unless you correct it at an early age. The female is twice as likely to get PDA as the males. By eight months of age half the dogs that are not treated will develop left sided heart failure. Other breeds aside from the Pomeranian that are affected by this condition include the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, German Shepherds, Toy and Miniature Poodles, Collies, Cocker Spaniels and Shetland Sheepdogs.

About half of dogs that are not treated early will develop left sided heart failure by the time they reach eight months of age. Other breeds that are affected by this condition aside from the Pomeranian include the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, German Shepherds, Toy and Miniature Poodles, Collies, Cocker Spaniels and Shetland Sheepdogs.

Both the upper or lower eyelids can be affected by the condition and sometimes even both eyelids can be affected at the same time. The condition will typically occur in both eyes at the same time in Pomeranians. This is a very painful condition for the dog and can cause the eyes to water and sometimes the tears will even stain the hairs on the face. This problem is only corrected through surgery.

Pomeranian's will typically have the condition occur to both eyes. For the dog the condition is very painful and often causes their eyes to water, sometimes the hairs on the face will even become stained from the tears. Surgery is required in order to correct this problem. Signs to watch out for with this condition include excessive tearing, red eyes and squinting. Damage to the eye can result if the condition is not corrected as soon as possible and the damage can even be severe enough to cause partial or complete vision loss for the dog.

You also need to watch for Pomeranian health problems that can be inherited from the adults to the puppies. The two most common Pomeranian health problems to watch out for include hydrocephalus and patellar luxation. Hydrocephalus or "water in the brain" results when there is excess fluid in the brain cavity of the skull.

The condition is typically caused by trauma, but the Pomeranian's can have it as a result of a hereditary condition. If a puppy is affected with this condition they will develop more slowly while adults dogs will have signs such as circling, pacing, seizures and paralysis.

Patellar luxation is a inherited joint condition known as "slipping kneecaps". This is when the kneecap doesn't have a groove deep enough to move in and as a result slips out of the groove. With this condition you will notice your dog hopping for a few steps. Typically the condition is corrected permanently through a single surgery.
About the Author
About the author: Rosie Allan is a passionate lover of the Pomeranian and owns a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Pomeranian. Among other topics there, you can also learn all about Pomeranian Health Problems plus a whole lot more.
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