Maltese Health Problems and Raising a Maltese Puppy to be Healthy
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2016
The most common health problems in Maltese:
The leading health issue in toy dogs is INJURY. You must keep Maltese under constant surveillance and leash/arm control. Too much can happen to these small creatures in the blink of an eye.
- Bone fractures or a concussion can occur from jumping off furniture, or falling or leaping from your arms, or being hit on the head by a thrown or falling object, or being stepped on.
- Maltese can choke on the tiniest object and it takes very little to overdose them with anything toxic.
- Maltese can squeeze through the smallest crack of a door or fence and be gone.
- If you allow them to act foolishly aggressive toward larger dogs, their neck can be broken with a single grab.
- If you let them off-leash, their excitable chasing instincts may send them under the wheels of a car.
The most common orthopedic problem in Maltese is luxating patella (loose knees).
Heart disease (especially patent ductus arteriosus and mitral valve disease) and epilepsy are becoming real concerns in the breed.
Eye diseases in Maltese include corneal ulcers, tear duct disorders, eyelash abnormalities, glaucoma, and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).
According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, Maltese have the 9th highest rate of hypothyroidism of 140 breeds (up to 22% affected).
Skin diseases include allergies (which cause itchy skin and can lead to pyoderma) and demodectic mange. Ear infections are common due to profuse hair in the ear canals.
A serious neurological disease that occurs in Maltese more than any other breed is white shaker dog syndrome. Other health problems that occur regularly in Maltese are inherited deafness, hypoglycemia in Maltese puppies and in adults under 4 pounds, collapsing trachea, pyloric stenosis, and liver shunt.
Maltese are prone to dental disease and harmless episodes of reverse sneezing.
You probably want to know if you can prevent those health issues from happening to YOUR Maltese.
Yes, often you can.
- Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in the Maltese today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Maltese puppy who is genetically healthy.
- Other health problems are environmental, which means they're 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 Maltese puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.
Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Maltese puppy or adult dog:
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