Havanese Health Problems and Raising a Havanese Puppy to be Healthy
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2015
The most common health problems in Havanese:
The most serious eye disease in the Havanese is cataracts, which can appear in young Havanese puppies or later in life, and which can progress to blindness. Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), retinal dysplasia, and tear duct disorders also occur in the breed.
According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, Havanese have the 2nd highest rate of hypothyroidism of 140 breeds (up to 26% affected).
Liver shunt and deafness (inherited deafness) are serious concerns in the breed.
Heart disease (especially valve disease) is occurring more frequently in Havanese.
Orthopedic diseases include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, luxating patella (loose knees), and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of over 700 Havanese and found 6% dysplastic. Elbows are worse, with 7% of 295 elbow X-rays rated dysplastic – this is a high rate for a small dog.
A deformed structure called chondrodysplasia is found in some family lines of Havanese, and these dogs are prone to intervertebral disk disease.
Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). Ear infections are common due to profuse hair in the ear canals. A more serious skin disease, sebaceous adenitis, has occasionally been reported in Havanese.
Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Havanese?
Yes, often you can.
- Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Havanese today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Havanese puppy who is genetically healthy.
- 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 Havanese puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.
Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Havanese puppy or adult dog:
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