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English Toy Spaniel Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton, Dog Trainer, Breed Selection Consultant, Author of 15 Dog Books

English Toy Spaniel

Start your English Toy Spaniel off on the right foot by feeding the right food, giving the right vaccinations, finding the right vet, and if you're going to spay or neuter, don't do it too early.


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English Toy Spaniel Health Problems


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English Toy Spaniel

Complete list of English Toy Spaniel health problems

English Toy Spaniels are deliberately bred to be deformed in two ways – their short legs and long back are chondrodysplastic and their short pushed-in face is brachycephalic.

Both of these deformities are associated with increased health problems.

The most common orthopedic problem in English Toy Spaniels is luxating patella (loose knees), which occurs at a high 10% rate – the 6th worse rate of all breeds. Luxating patella can require expensive surgery.

Other orthopedic diseases include intervertebral disk disease and hip dysplasia.

Cataracts can occur around 6 months old in English Toy Spaniels and can progress to blindness. Other eye diseases include glaucoma, corneal ulcers, dry eye, and retinal dysplasia.

Allergies cause itchy skin and often lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). Ear infections are common due to profuse hair inside the ear canal.

As cousin to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the English Toy can inherit the same early-onset and severe mitral valve disease which is an epidemic in Cavaliers. In addition, English Toys are vulnerable to another heart disease called patent ductus arteriosus.

Again, similar to the Cavalier, the English Toy Spaniel can inherit a devastating neurological disease called syringomyelia, which causes pain and neurological symptoms that can prove fatal.

Other health issues in the English Toy are epilepsy, diabetes, and hernias.

One mild condition that occurs in some English Toy Spaniels is hanging tongue, where the tongue protrudes through the front teeth or hangs out the side of the mouth. This may be a structural defect or a neurological defect, but it isn't really anything to worry about – which is good because there isn't much you can do about it anyway.

Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if your dog inherits from his parents the genes for an eye disease called PRA, he will go blind and there's nothing anyone can do about it.

Dog feeding and health book by Michele Welton But most health problems can be prevented by the ways you raise your dog.

My best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to raise your English Toy Spaniel in all the right ways that help prevent health problems. Become your dog's health care champion!

Michele Welton with BuffyAbout the author: Michele Welton has over 40 years of experience as a Dog Trainer, Dog Breed Consultant, and founder of three Dog Training Centers. An expert researcher and author of 15 books about dogs, she loves helping people choose, train, and care for their dogs.

To help you train and care for your dog

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