Most common health problems in Standard Poodles, plus health care and feeding.

My Complete Health Care Program for your Standard Poodle

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Standard Poodle, 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 Standard Poodle 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!

Dog books written by Michele Welton

Standard Poodle dog breed

Standard Poodle Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton

Quick list of Standard Poodle health problems

Of all three Poodle sizes (toy, miniature, standard), the Standard Poodle is affected by the most serious health problems.

A number of eye diseases can cause blindness in Standard Poodles. Hip and elbow dysplasia cause pain and lameness and can require expensive surgery.

Addison's disease is an extremely serious autoimmune disease. If caught in time, your Poodle's life may be saved, but it requires lifelong medication that can be tricky to manage. Thyroid disease is less serious, but also requires lifelong medication.

Standard Poodles are the 5th most likely breed to suffer an emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat, which can kill a dog in a few hours.

Poodles are prone to skin conditions, growths, and tumors. The Standard Poodle is the most likely of all breeds to develop a serious skin disease called sebaceous adenitis. Ear infections are not uncommon due to the long narrow ear canals filled with hair.

An estimated 40% of all Standard Poodle deaths are from cancer, often originating in (of all places) the toes.

Other serious health concerns in Standard Poodles are epilepsy, heart disease, blood-clotting disease...

(See more health problems below.)

Preventing health problems

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

Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Standard Poodle
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 Standard Poodle. 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....

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

Information on spaying your Standard Poodle. 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 Standard Poodle. 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 Standard Poodle health problems

Eye diseases are a major concern in Standard Poodles:

  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) can appear at 3-5 years old.
  • Cataracts that appear from birth to 3 years old usually progress to blindness. Cataracts appearing AFTER age 3 are usually milder.
  • Other eye diseases are corneal ulcers, eyelash abnormalities, retinal dysplasia, and glaucoma.

An estimated 40% of all Standard Poodle deaths are from cancer. A common cancer in the breed is digital squamous cell carcinoma, which originates in the toes. Standard Poodles as young as 4 years old have been reported with this cancer.

Skin conditions and growths are common in Poodles, especially allergies (which cause itchy skin and can lead to pyoderma), NON-tumorous skin growths (such as papillomas and sebaceous cysts), and actual tumors (such as basal cell tumors).

Ear infections are not uncommon due to the long narrow ear canals and profuse hair in the ear canals.

The most serious skin disease in the breed is sebaceous adenitis. Standard Poodles are the most likely of all breeds to develop this disease, with up to 9% of the breed affected, and another 40% carriers.

Epilepsy is another concern in Standard Poodles.

Hormonal/endocrine diseases are common in Standard Poodles, especially Addison's disease (very serious) and hypothyroidism (not so serious, but requiring lifelong medication).

As with all deep-chested breeds, Standard Poodles are at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat – in fact, of all breeds, they are the 5th most likely to develop it.

Blood-clotting diseases (von Willebrand's, hemophilia A, and thrombocytopenia) occur in Standard Poodles. Fortunately, a simple DNA test is available so you can find out at any time whether your Poodle has von Willebrand's, carries it, or is completely clear of it. Thus far, test results show that about 1% of Poodles are affected and another 11% are carriers.

The most common orthopedic disease is hip dysplasia. It's hard to tell exactly how widespread hip dysplasia is in Standards because the official hip dysplasia statistic of 12% lumps all three poodle sizes (Toys, Miniatures, and Standards) together – even though it's the Standards who are most affected. Same with elbow dysplasia at 3% – in the official stats, no breakdown of size is given, even though Standards are the most affected.

Other serious concerns in Standard Poodles are kidney disease, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, and heart disease.

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