Most common health problems in Hairless and Powderpuff Chinese Cresteds, plus health care and feeding.

My Complete Health Care Program for your Chinese Crested

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

It's called "11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy."

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 Chinese Crested 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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Chinese Crested dog breed

Hairless and Powderpuff Chinese Crested Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton

Quick list of Chinese Crested health problems

The two "big issues" in Chinese Cresteds are epilepsy, and eye diseases that cause blindness.

Then there is luxating patella (loose knees), which can require expensive surgery, and another crippling disease called Legg-Calve-Perthes. Also heart disease.

The hairless variety is prone to skin problems – blackheads if the skin isn't kept clean and dry, sunburning if explosed to too much sun, and chronic allergies that cause itching and bacterial infections. Hairless dogs also tend to have weak, missing, or misshapen teeth. But even the powderpuffs can have dental disease.

(See more health problems below.)

Preventing health problems

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

Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Chinese Crested
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 Chinese Crested. Kibble or Canned Dog Food – Almost As Good As Homemade?
Are you looking for the best dry kibble or canned dog food?

NomNomNow homemade dog food service Feed Homemade Dog Food Without Needing To Make It
Would you like to feed your dog homemade, but think you don't have the time or skill to make it? I have the solution for you....

Pet insurance Should You Buy Pet Insurance? An Honest Review
My advice on the pros and cons of pet insurance, and the best pet insurance company I've found.

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

Information on spaying your Chinese Crested. 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 Chinese Crested. 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 Chinese Crested health problems

Eye diseases are one of the major concerns, especially progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and dry eye.

Epilepsy (seizures) is a second major concern.

And then there are orthopedic diseases, most commonly luxating patella (loose knees). The more serious Legg-Calve-Perthes disease can also occur in the Chinese Crested.

Skin is a focal point for health problems in Chinese Cresteds, especially in the hairless variety. Allergies cause itchy skin and often lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). Even without allergies, the hairless skin must be kept clean and dry, else the hair follicles can plug up, leading to blackheads. Use only warm water and a gentle herbal cleanser with no chemicals. Dry thoroughly.

Sunburn is an obvious problem in a hairless dog, so don't expose hairless Chinese Cresteds to excessive sun. Sunscreen won't help – it contains chemicals that should not be used on canine skin, and if it's licked off, it's even worse in your dog's digestive system.

Hairless Chinese Cresteds also have a lot of trouble with their teeth. The four big pointy teeth in the front of their mouth (their "fangs") are sometimes abnormally curved, like tusks, and many of their other teeth are weak or missing.

According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 13% of Chinese Cresteds have hypothyroidism.

Heart disease has also been reported in Chinese Cresteds.

Inherited deafness can occur in Chinese Crested puppies with a lot of white on their head.

To help you train and care for your dog

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The problem is that most dog training videos on the internet are worthless, because they use the wrong training method. I recommend these dog training videos that are based on respect and leadership.

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