Miniature Schnauzer Health Guide
Always popular as a pet, the Miniature Schnauzer is generally a healthy and active dog that sheds very little or not at all.
For this reason, this breed makes an excellent choice for the apartment dweller or those in a small home, especially if there is concern about allergy problems with children or other family members.
With proper care and attention, the Miniature Schnauzer is a sturdy and energetic dog.
Health Problems in the Miniature Schnauzer
However, most purebred dogs have some inherited tendencies. For instance, the Miniature Schnauzer is prone to such conditions as diabetes, and problems with bladder stones. It is recommended that you avoid feeding your pet sweet items or items too high in mineral or fat content.
Usually, this will eliminate the most serious problems in these areas, but owners should be aware that this breed is considered at increased risk for bladder stones and stones in the urinary tract in general. Additionally, owners should pay particular attention to the diet of the Miniature Schnauzer, while also providing plenty of clean, fresh water at all times.
Miniature Schnauzers also have risk of genetic eye problems so it would be best to ask your breeder about this on the first visit. Then, ask to see both parents of the puppy you are considering and question your breeder about possible eye problems in the bloodlines. Conditions such as cataracts and retinal dysplasia are of concern to many experienced Miniature Schnauzer owners and breeders.
In fact, there are tests that can be conducted on puppies that may detect some of these problems. You may want to ask your breeder or veterinarian about the Canine Eye Registration Foundation.
Another condition that owners of the Miniature Schnauzer should be aware of is problems with uncropped ears that may develop infections. We recommend checking the ears of your pet on a regular basis, cleaning them gently and looking closely for any sign of problems. In addition, you should make sure the ears are completely dry inside if your Miniature Schnauzer has been for a swim. Dampness left unattended in this closed space can be the start of ear problems.
Miniature Schnauzers, like many dogs of this type, tend to overeat and gain weight easily, especially if the owner does not monitor the diet and give the pet enough exercise. In addition, many dogs are allergic to the high grain content of the cheaper commercial foods.
We recommend talking with your breeder and veterinarian about the proper diet for your Miniature Schnauzer. Some owners report itching and dry skin and point to their dog being allergic to the corn, wheat, rice, or soy as the cause.
Skin issues can come up with any purebred dog, which could be the result of a thyroid or dietary problem. Most often, this can be controlled with a change in diet based on the advice of a canine medical professional. You may also want to gather information about the proper bathing and shampooing of your pet, since certain shampoo ingredients and soaps may be the cause of skin irritation.
Some dogs are also allergic to fleas and this can cause problems more complicated than the simple frustration a dog gets from being bitten.
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