Affenpinscher Health Problems

Some of the More Common Affenpinscher Health Problems

Accidents account for many Affenpinscher health problems.

The Affenpinscher is a toy breed of dog and it's important to understand how fragile these dogs can be.

It's very easy to injury an affenpinscher by accidentaly stepping, or sitting on him so always be aware of where he is.

They are also very vulnerable to attacks by larger dogs that could easily kill your pet by shaking him by the neck.

Affenpinschers have a lifespan of about 11.4 years, which is typical for a purebred dog, but slightly lower than most breeds of their size. The most common causes of death are old age and urologic.

Orthopedical diseases affecting Affenpinschers include luxating patella, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease , and hip dysplasia.

The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 136 Affenpinschers and found 12% dysplastic. This is an extremely significant result for such a small dog.

Heart disease, namely patent ductus arteriosus and mitral valve can be a worry in Affenpinschers.

Cataracts can be a health problem in this breed, severely affecting the Affenpinscher's vision. Other eye diseases that can affect Affenpinscher health are glaucoma, corneal ulcers, dry eye, and tear duct disorders.

Hormonal system diseases include hypothyroidism and Cushings disease.

Skin problems in Affenpinschers can include allergies that cause itchy skin, pyoderma, and non-tumorous growths.

Other health issues reported in Affenpinschers are blood-clotting disease, such as  von Willebrand's, liver shunt, and hernias.

Affenpinscher health problems can include dental diseases that most small dog breeds suffer from, so check the teeth and gums regularly.

Patellar Luxation is a condition that affects this breed's kneecaps. They can become dislocated or sit slightly out of position.

Although this can be an hereditary condition that Affenpinschers often suffer from, trauma and injury can also cause the condition.

If the condition becomes very severe, a visit to the vet and surgery may be necessary.

Some Affenpinscher dogs can suffer from a collapsed trachea, so  it's advisable to walk your dog with a harness rather than a collar to prevent throat problems that are common in small dogs.

Many small breeds such as Affenpinschers have less teeth than others due to the size of their mouths and some suffer from Cleft Palate, which is an abnormal opening situated in the roof of their mouth.

This is a congenital condition that can be corrected by surgery usually after the dog is at least 4 months old.

Genetic health issues are common in Affenpinschers today due to bad breeding practices in the past and others can be put down to environmental issues caused by it's surroundings and the way your dog is raised.

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