Most common health problems in English Toy Spaniels, plus health care and feeding.


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

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English Toy Spaniel dog breed

English Toy Spaniel Health Care & Feeding

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Quick list of English Toy Spaniel health problems

English Toy Spaniels are deliberately bred to be deformed in two ways – their short legs and long back are chondrodysplastic, and their short pushed-in face is brachycephalic. These deformities are associated with increased health problems.

The major concerns in English Toy Spaniels are luxating patella (loose knee joints) that can require expensive surgery, cataracts and other eye diseases that can progress to blindness, and heart disease that can be quite severe.

Chronic allergies cause itchy skin, while chronic ear infections are common due to profuse hair inside the ear canal.

Other health issues in the breed are epilepsy, diabetes, and 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 English Toy Spaniel have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases, heart disease, and luxating patella, your English Toy Spaniel 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 English Toy Spaniel, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your English Toy Spaniel puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways. It will help you be your dog's health care champion!


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Complete list of English Toy Spaniel health problems

The most common orthopedic problem in English Toy Spaniels is luxating patella (loose knees), which occurs at a high 10% rate – the 6th worse rate of all breeds. Other orthopedic diseases include intervertebral disk disease and even hip dysplasia.

Cataracts can occur around 6 months old in English Toy Spaniels and can progress to blindness. Other eye diseases include glaucoma, corneal ulcers, dry eye, and retinal dysplasia.

Allergies cause itchy skin and often lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). Ear infections are common due to profuse hair inside the ear canal.

As cousin to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the English Toy can inherit the same early-onset mitral valve disease which is an epidemic in Cavaliers. English Toys are also prone to another heart disease called patent ductus arteriosus.

Again similar to the Cavalier, the English Toy Spaniel can inherit a devastating neurological disease called syringomyelia, which causes pain and neurological symptoms that can prove fatal.

Other health issues in the breed are epilepsy, diabetes, and hernias.

One mild condition that occurs in some English Toy Spaniels is hanging tongue, where the tongue protrudes through the front teeth or hangs out the side of the mouth. This may be a structural defect or a neurological defect. But it isn't really anything to worry about – which is good because there isn't much you can do about it anyway.


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