There are lots of pekingese health problems that an owner should be aware of. A healthy Peke can live up to 15 years, though it is quite common for them to last 10-12 years these days. This toy breed has a high tedency on eye concerns and breathing issues, according to the experienced breeders, handlers and owners. This kind of dog has a very tiny skull plus a flattened face that all contribute to such illnesses. A new handler or owner should be aware of all the health possibilities right off the bat.
Ulcers on the eye may occur almost instantaneously. There are actually several types of eye ulcers, including the ones that are caused by infections and trauma. Such cases can be treated immediately to prevent further damage. Go to your veterinarian the soonest time possible when you suspect that your pekingese has an eye problem. Then we have refractory ulcer that has a very poor healing process. This happens during your dog’s middle-age or older.
Other common health concerns regarding the Pekingese breed are: skin allergies food allergies, and back problems. While not all dogs will experience this, it is necessary for the owner to be aware of them since the treatment can be quite costly. The Pekes tend to require more Vet care as they grow older.
In general, pekingeses are healthy and hearty little bundle of joy.
Pekingese Health Problems
Pekingese dogs are certainly endearing in their size and appearance. Who can resist the charmingly squished face of a little Pekingese? But the majority of their innate health problems exist because they were engineered for their aesthetic qualities without great consideration having been given to how their physiology would be affected.
The result is a darling little creature with a multitude of health concerns that are not necessarily present in other breeds. These range from daily nuisances to possibly life-threatening conditions, which make owning a Pekingese somewhat the doctor’s task. In fact many of the activities they’re naturally inclined to do as dogs will need human aid and supervision because they are so prone to injury and medical issues.
Source: Pekingese Dogs, http://www.pekingese-dogs.net/pekingese-information/health-problems
If I were to buy a Pekingese, I would be most concerned about:
- His compromised respiratory system. So, never ever smoke near him, keep him away from allergenic pollen and freshly cut grass, and also keep him away from home cleaning products.
- Heat Stroke. During humid or hot climate, lessen his exposure outside and keep him in an air-conditioned environment. Short-faced dogs has a higher risk of heat stroke since they cannot pant vigorously in order to lower their body temperature.
- Use a body leash instead of a collar. A collar puts more pressure on his throat thus making it harder for him to breath.
- Anesthetics. See to it that your vet would use modern anesthetics for him (like isoflurane) and always ask for a BP and heart monitor when in surgery.
- After care. Wash and dry the folds of skin on his face every after meal time.
- Slobbering. There are Pekes who have loose jowls, they slabber when drinking.
- Heavy shedding. Pekes shed a lot! You will be finding hair all over your clothings, furniture, carpets, etc… Be sure you are ready for this one.
- Grooming. They require a lot of brushing and grooming, otherwise they become a matted mess.
These are the common Pekingese health issues that you will encounter when you own one. Be sure that you are ready to handle all of it and even go an extra mile just for your Peke before you go and buy or adopt one for yourself. Think twice before you act on impulse.
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