Miniature Pinscher Health Problems and Raising a Miniature Pinscher Puppy to be Healthy
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013
The most common health problems in Miniature Pinschers:
The most serious orthopedic disease in Min Pins is Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. Much less serious, but fairly common, is luxating patella (loose knees). Hip dysplasia can occur, but is not common.
Epilepsy and heart disease (mitral valve disease) are concerns in the breed.
Eye diseases in Miniature Pinschers include cataracts (appearing at 18-36 months old and often progressing to blindness), progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) (always progressing to blindness), and dry eye.
The most common skin diseases are demodectic mange (VERY common in young Miniature Pinschers) and allergies, which cause itchy skin and often lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). Color dilution alopecia can occur in blue Miniature Pinschers.
Other health issues in Min Pins include hypothyroidism, hernias, and occasionally lysosomal storage disease.
Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Miniature Pinscher?
Yes, often you can.
- Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Miniature Pinschers today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Miniature Pinscher 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 Miniature Pinscher puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.
Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Miniature Pinscher puppy or adult dog:
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Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
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Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.
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