Standard Schnauzer Health Problems and Raising a Standard Schnauzer Puppy to be Healthy
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014
The most common health problems in Standard Schnauzers:
Orthopedic diseases include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and osteochondritis. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 3300 Standard Schnauzers and found 9% dysplastic. This is high for a mid-sized breed (the Miniature Schnauzer is less than 3%), and the true rate is even higher, because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. Of 34 elbow X-rays, 6% were dysplastic.
The most serious eye disease is cataracts, which usually appear by 12 months old and often lead to blindness. Dry eye and retinal dysplasia also occur in Standard Schnauzers.
Hypothyroidism is somewhat common in Standard Schnauzers. According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 15% of Standard Schnauzers have low thyroid levels.
Heart disease (pulmonic stenosis) and epilepsy have been reported in the breed.
Skin problems include allergies (which cause itchy skin and can leading to pyoderma), non-tumorous growths, and tumorous growths (such as perianal adenoma and melanoma).
Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Standard Schnauzer?
Yes, often you can.
- Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Standard Schnauzers today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Standard Schnauzer 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 Standard Schnauzer puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.
Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Standard Schnauzer puppy or adult dog:
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