Most common health problems in Miniature Pinschers, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your Miniature Pinscher (Min Pin)

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Miniature Pinscher, you'll find my health care program very valuable.

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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 Min Pin 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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Miniature Pinscher dog breed

Miniature Pinscher (Min Pin) Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Quick list of Miniature Pinscher health problems

Legg-Calve-Perthes disease is a crippling degeneration of the hip in Miniature Pinschers. Luxating patella (loose knee joints) also cause pain and lameness and can require expensive surgery.

There are a lot of blind Min Pins. Cataracts often progressing to blindness, and progressive retinal atrophy always progresses to blindness).

Epilepsy and heart disease are also concerns in the breed.

Skin problems include demodectic mange (very common in young Miniature Pinschers) and chronic allergies that cause itchy skin.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Miniature Pinscher have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases and luxating patella, your Miniature Pinscher 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 Miniature Pinscher, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Miniature Pinscher 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 Miniature Pinscher 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 Miniature Pinscher lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


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


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


Information on spaying your Miniature Pinscher. 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 Miniature Pinscher. 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 Miniature Pinscher health problems

The most serious orthopedic disease in Min Pins is Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. Less serious, but fairly common, is luxating patella (loose knees).

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.


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