Most common health problems in Cotons de Tulear, plus health care and feeding.


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

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Coton de Tulear Health Care & Feeding

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Quick list of Coton de Tulear health problems

Chronic allergies cause terribly itchy skin and scratching that can lead to skin infections (hot spots). Ear infections are common due to profuse hair in the ear canal.

Hereditary eye diseases can cause blindness.

Loose knee joints (luxating patella) and bad hip joints cause pain and lameness that can require expensive surgery.

Heart disease is a bit of a worry in the Coton de Tulear, and so are urinary stones and hypothyroidism.

Like many other small dogs, the Coton de Tulear is prone to dental disease.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

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

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Complete list of Coton de Tulear health problems

Allergies that cause itchy skin and often lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma) are the #1 health problem in the Coton de Tulear. Ear infections are also common due to profuse hair in the ear canal.

Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) occurs in Cotons, and it's reasonable to be concerned about cataracts, as well, since they appear in related breeds such as the Bichon Frise.

The most common orthopedic disease in the Coton de Tulear is luxating patella (loose knee joints). The Orthopedic Foundation of America reports a 9% rate of hip dysplasia, which is high for a small dog.

Heart disease is a bit of a worry in the Coton de Tulear, and so are hypothyroidism, blood-clotting disease, urinary infections and urinary stones, pancreatitis, and diabetes.

A rare genetic disorder is primary hyperoxaluria, which leads to kidney failure.

Coton puppies can be born with a rare disorder called cerebellar ataxia (Bandera's syndrome). Unless you're a breeder, you won't have to worry about this disease because it is detectable so young, but it is a serious concern because it's hereditary.

Like many other small dogs, the Coton de Tulear is prone to dental disease (which can be serious) and episodes of reverse sneezing (which is harmless).


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