Most common health problems in Affenpinschers, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your Affenpinscher

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Affenpinscher, you'll find my health care program very valuable.

It's called "11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy."

Raise your dog the RIGHT way, feed him the RIGHT food, give him the RIGHT vaccinations, avoid unnecessary veterinary expenses, and help him live a longer, happier, and more comfortable life.

If your Affenpinscher already HAS a health problem, I'm sorry to hear that. You should immediately begin my health care program, and you may be able to restore his good health – or at least make him much more comfortable. Let me help!

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Affenpinscher dog breed

Affenpinscher Health Care & Feeding

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Quick list of Affenpinscher health problems

Loose knee joints (luxating patella) cause pain and lameness and can require expensive surgery. Hip joints can be bad also, leading to hip dysplasia or a more serious degenerative hip disease called Legg-Calve-Perthes.

A severe form of cataracts in Affenpinschers can result in blindness.

Heart disease is another concern, and Affenpinschers are one of the few breeds vulnerable to a devastating neurological disease called syringomyelia.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Affenpinscher have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases and loose knee joints (luxating patella), your Affenpinscher has less risk of developing those conditions.

Other health problems can be prevented, or partially prevented, by the ways you raise your dog. If you're serious about doing everything you can for your Affenpinscher, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Affenpinscher puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways. It will help you be your dog's health care champion!


Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Affenpinscher puppy or adult dog:

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Information on booster shots for your Affenpinscher. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
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Information on spaying your Affenpinscher. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female dog.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Affenpinscher. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
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Complete list of Affenpinscher health problems

Orthopedic diseases include luxating patella (most common), Legg-Calve-Perthes disease (less common but more serious), and hip dysplasia (an appallingly high 18% rate, according to the Orthopedic Foundation of America).

Heart disease (patent ductus arteriosus and mitral valve disease) is a concern in Affenpinschers.

Cataracts can severely affect vision in this breed. Other eye diseases in Affenpinschers are glaucoma, corneal ulcers, dry eye, and tear duct disorders.

Hormonal/endocrine system diseases include hypothyroidism and Cushings disease.

Skin problems include allergies that cause itchy skin, pyoderma, and non-tumorous growths (sebaceous cysts).

Other health issues reported in Affenpinschers are blood-clotting disease (von Willebrand's), liver shunt, and hernias.

Affenpinschers are prone to dental disease and harmless episodes of reverse sneezing.


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