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


My Complete Health Care Program for your Keeshond

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

Keeshond Health Care & Feeding

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Quick list of Keeshond health problems

Serious eye diseases (cataracts, glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy) can cause blindness.

Epilepsy is a major concern in Keeshonds, as are several forms of heart disease.

Keeshonds are susceptible to bad joints – bad knees (luxating patella), bad hips (hip dysplasia), and bad elbows (elbow dysplasia). Bad joints cause pain and lameness and can require expensive surgery.

Skin problems range from chronic allergies (which cause dreadfully itchy skin that can lead to hot spots) to follicular dysplasia (hair loss).

Cancer (melanoma and others) is an increasing concern in the breed.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

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

Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Keeshond lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Keeshond
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 Keeshond. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Keeshond
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


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


Information on spaying your Keeshond. 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 Keeshond. 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.


Complete list of Keeshond health problems

The most common orthopedic diseases are luxating patella (loose knees), hip dysplasia, and elbow dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 5100 Keeshonds and found 7% dysplastic. Similarly, 8% of 1300 elbow X-rays were evaluated as dysplastic.

Epilepsy is a serious concern in Keeshonds, as are several forms of heart disease (patent ductus arteriosus, pulmonic stenosis, valve disease, and septal defects).

Hormonal/endocrine system diseases are somewhat common, including diabetes, Cushing's disease, and hypothyroidism. According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 12% of Keeshonds have low thyroid levels.

Skin problems are common, ranging from allergies to pyoderma to follicular dysplasia to non-tumorous growths (sebaceous cysts).

Keeshonds are affected by several forms of cataracts. Those that appear at 4-5 months old (or later in life, around 6 years old) often progress to blindness. The form of cataracts that appears at 6-24 months old seldom impair vision. Other eye diseases include eyelash abnormalities, glaucoma, and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).

Cancer (melanoma and others) is an increasing concern in the breed.

Other health issues reported in Keeshonds include blood-clotting disease (von Willebrand's) and kidney disease.


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