Lhasa Apso Health Guide
If purchased from a good breeder and given the proper diet with exercise, the Lhasa Apso is a healthy breed. However, like any breed of dog, the Lhasa Apso does have some health considerations. For starters, this particular breed is bred to be an inside dog.
Therefore, you want to make sure that before buying you have the right environment so disease and health issues are kept to a minimum.
Health Problems in the Lhasa Apso
Typically, the Lhasa Apso has few major health concerns, making this dog a great choice. Keep in mind that due to the long coat, it is imperative this breed be brushed regularly to avoid matting, which can create skin problems. Additionally, you want to keep the coat free from parasites such as ticks and/or fleas, which can also cause skin irritation.
You will also find that the Lhasa Apso can develop hip dysplasia. Although usually associated with larger breeds, hip dysplasia is a condition in which the hip is affected, causing pain, swelling, and ultimately lameness. When buying a Lhasa Apso, you should choose from a breeder that certifies against this and other genetic disorders. If you find your dog limping, then have him checked immediately for hip dysplasia. Sometimes, medical treatment can stop further damage although in severe cases, surgery is required.
The Lhasa Apso can also suffer from kidney problems although this is rare. Expert breeders are still unsure if the kidney problems are inherent but usually, quality breeding is the best way to avoid this problem as well.
Unfortunately, kidney problems in a Lhasa Apso six months or younger can kill. The earliest warning sign is having a puppy that drinks a tremendous amount of water. If you find this to be the case, you should have your puppy checked by a reputable veterinarian right away.
When cared for properly, the Lhasa Apso will live to 15 years or more. During the first four years of life when the breed is still considered a puppy, you should experience no health problems whatsoever. Again, watch for signs of kidney problems to include excessive thirst and perhaps problems with potty training or urinating outside.
Finally, the Lhasa Apso may also develop problems with the eyes, specifically blocked tear ducts. In this case, minor surgery can be performed whereby the ducts are opened, allowing the eye to drain properly.
Remember, if you want to add a Lhasa Apso to your family, the best way to avoid any type of health problem, whether small or large, is by working with a respectful breeder, one that will breed to remove the possibility of hereditary illness.
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