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Sensible advice for raising your Tibetan Spaniel puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Tibetan Spaniels, the best dog food diet for feeding Tibetan Spaniel puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Tibetan Spaniel dog breed

Tibetan Spaniel Health Problems and Raising a Tibetan Spaniel Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Tibetan Spaniels:

Eye diseases are the major concern in Tibetan Spaniels, especially progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), eyelash abnormalities, cherry eye, tear duct disorders, and lens luxation.

Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).

Orthopedic diseases are a continuing concern, especially luxating patella (very common), hip dysplasia (somewhat common), and elbow dysplasia (the least common). The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 240 Tibetan Spaniels and found 8% dysplastic. This is high for a small dog.

Liver shunt and heart disease occur in Tibetan Spaniels.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Tibetan Spaniel?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Tibetan Spaniels today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Tibetan Spaniel puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. 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 Tibetan Spaniel puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Tibetan Spaniel puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


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


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Tibetan Spaniel
The best diet for feeding your Tibetan Spaniel is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Tibetan Spaniel. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Tibetan Spaniel
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


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


Information on choosing the best vet for your Tibetan Spaniel. 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.


Information on spaying your Tibetan Spaniel. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Tibetan Spaniel.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.