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


My Complete Health Care Program for your Bolognese

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Bolognese, 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 Bolognese 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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Bolognese dog breed

Bolognese Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Bolognese health problems

This breed is so uncommon that it's difficult to assess the true incidence of health problems. But the Bolognese is in the same "family" of dog breeds as the Bichon Frise, so similar health problems can be expected.

Chronic allergies that cause itchy skin are the main problem in Bolognese. Ear infections are common due to profuse hair in the ear canal.

Eye diseases of concern are cataracts (can lead to blindness) and progressive retinal atrophy (always leads to blindness).

The most common orthopedic disease is luxating patella (loose knees).

The following health problems occur in Bichons, so should be watched for in Bolognese: epilepsy, heart disease, urinary stones, pancreatitis, and diabetes.


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Bolognese have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases and luxating patella, your Bolognese 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 Bolognese, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Bolognese 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 Bolognese puppy or adult dog:

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Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Bolognese
Food is the #1 foundation for good health. The best diet for feeding your dog is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, fish....these are not just "people foods" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Bolognese. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Bolognese
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Bolognese. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Bolognese puppy really need? Does your adult Bolognese need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed! Find out what some vets aren't telling you.


Information on spaying your Bolognese. 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 Bolognese. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Assisi Loop Assisi Loop Review: How I Helped Treat Inflammation and Pain
Does your dog suffer from arthritis, hip dysplasia, disk disease, colitis, a skin wound? My honest review of a veterinary device you can use at home to help reduce inflammation and pain.


To help you train and care for your dog

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