Serious Bichon Frise health problems are relatively uncommon, compared to many other dog breeds.
Bichon dog allergies are by far the number one health issue related to these fluffy dogs.
In contrast to health problems with many other dog breeds, the list of Bichon Frise health problems is fairly short
However, it’s always good to know the unique breed characteristics of the Bichon Frise and how to prevent any medical problems that might occur with this breed.
Remember, you will lower your odds dramatically if you purchase your Bichon Frise from a responsible, reputable Bichon Frise breeder.
Bichon Frise Medical Conditions
Bladder stones can develop in some Bichon Frises. Improper diet, inadequate drinking water, medications and genetics can play a role in the development of bladder stones.
A good preventative measure you can take is to make sure you give your Bichon plenty of clean fresh drinking water on a daily basis and by providing a good nutritional Bichon Frise diet.
Bichon Frises are prone to dental problems such as gum disease and early tooth loss. This can occur in Bichons as early as 6 years of age. For this reason, it’s important to clean your dogs teeth at home at least once a week with a doggie toothbrush and toothpaste. Supplement your dog’s diet with dental dog treats that help to clean his teeth. Your vet may recommend cleaning your dog’s teeth, under anesthesia.
If your Bichon’s teeth and gums are not cared for properly, he could end up with very serious health problems. Bacteria can enter the bloodstream and spread to other parts of the body. This could affect your Bichon’s organs – the kidneys, liver and heart.
Patellar luxation, also known as dislocated knee, is another Bichon Frise health problem. This is an inherited trait that can be passed down from the dam(mother) and sire(father).
Dislocated knees are the result of weak ligaments that don’t hold the knee securely in its proper place. If this condition is not medically corrected, the ligaments will eventually become torn causing a lot of pain, and difficulty walking.
Cushings Disease is a health problem that usually occurs as the result of over use of steroids, to treat Bichon dog allergies.
Symptoms of Cushings include constant thirst, constant panting, strange behavior, thinning of the hair, depression and even seizures. Cushing Disease often is seen in dogs with canine diabetes.
Cataracts are the most common eye disease associated with Bichons. Cataracts produce a cloudy film over the eyes which makes vision blurry. The tendency to get cataracts is inherited.
Cataracts will keep getting worse as time goes by and will eventually lead to blindness if surgery is not performed.
Diabetes normally occurs in middle-aged or older Bichon Frises. Diabetes occurs when the pancreas doesn’t produce proper levels of insulin.
There can be an inherited predisposition toward diabetes, but this is not always the case. Other factors that could lead to the development of diabetes are; an overweight dog, certain drugs or medications (such as steroids), and an inflammation of the pancreas.
Diabetes in Bichon Frises can be regulated with insulin shots and a change of the Bichon Frise diet.
Another Bichon Frise health problem is ear infections. The outer and inner ear canals are each prone to infection. These infections could be the result of earmites, yeast, bacteria, an improper diet or improper dog hygiene.
If you suspect that your Bichon has an ear infection, please visit your vet immediately. It is very important to treat ear infections as soon as possible so that they don’t worsen. If not detected and treated, ear infections could lead to deafness.
As you can see, there are a number of Bichon Frise health problems that are commonly found in these little white dogs. Some can be avoided by carefully choosing your dog (and its parents), but others may occur–no matter how careful you are.
Most of the health conditions in a Bichon are not life threatening. If you take the time to properly groom your pet, watch her diet, and consult with a veterinarian if you see any changes in behavior or habits, you will only have an occasional bout with illness.
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