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Sensible advice for raising your English Toy Spaniel puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in English Toy Spaniels, the best dog food diet for feeding English Toy Spaniel puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

English Toy Spaniel dog breed

English Toy Spaniel Health Problems and Raising an English Toy Spaniel Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in English Toy Spaniels:

English Toy Spaniels are a deformed breed in TWO ways – their short legs and long back are chondrodysplastic, and their short pushed-in face is brachycephalic. These syndromes can cause orthopedic problems, respiratory problems, and eye problems.

The most common orthopedic problem in English Toy Spaniels is luxating patella (loose knees). Other orthopedic diseases include intervertebral disk disease and hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 15 English Toy Spaniels and found 25% of them dysplastic. That's a terrible rate.

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.

Heart disease (patent ductus arteriosus and mitral valve disease) is becoming a serious concern in English Toy Spaniels.

Other health issues in the breed are epilepsy, diabetes, syringomyelia, 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.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR English Toy Spaniel?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in English Toy Spaniels today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find an English Toy Spaniel puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your English Toy Spaniel puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy English Toy Spaniel puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
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Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your English Toy Spaniel
The best diet for feeding your English Toy Spaniel is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your English Toy Spaniel. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your English Toy Spaniel
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Information on booster shots for your English Toy Spaniel. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your English Toy Spaniel puppy really need? Does your adult English Toy Spaniel need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your English Toy Spaniel. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
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Information on spaying your English Toy Spaniel. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female English Toy Spaniel.


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