Maltese Health Problems
Every dog breed is prone to certain canine diseases; the Maltese breed actually is one of the healthiest breeds, being prone to much fewer diseases and health issues than many other breeds! Although there are some Maltese heath issues that owners should be aware of.
Knowing which canine disease this breed is prone to, allows owners to keep an eye out for early symptoms. Catching disease early is the best step that you can take to help your dog with recovery. Learn the symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatments.
Aberrant Cilia - An Eye Issue
This is a Maltese dog health issue in which the dog’s eyelashes will grow in abnorla direction. Sometimes, these out-of-control lash hairs are actually extra lashes that are not needed. This issue can cause discomfort and in rare cases, led to ulceration.
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While some owners may be surprised, dogs can and do develop asthma. This can mimic other health issues which cause breathing problems, therefore proper diagnosis is very important. Prognosis is very good when a dog is given proper medications to control symptoms. Since breathing difficulties are very dangerous, it is important to have a diagnosis made as soon as possible.
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Colitis – A Canine Disease of the Colon
This condition occurs when a dog’s colon becomes swollen and inflamed. The causes of this canine health condition vary greatly and are seemingly unrelated. For example, this may be caused by stress in some cases and by parasites in others. The clear symptoms of diarrhea and blood in the feces are present no matter what the cause. Colitis can occur in a Maltese for just a short amount of time and clear up on its own or it may become chronic (lasting a long time – either in intervals or continually). Treatment is available.
Collapsed Trachea - A Breathing Condition
This is common with small breed dogs. The cartilage in the dog's windpipe collapses and the dog then has much difficulty breathing. Certain conditions can make this worse. There are several different treatment options to help a Maltese with this health condition.
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Hip Dysplasia - A Hip Problem
Hip Dysplasia is common with some small breed dogs such as the Maltese. With this condition, the ball and socket of the dog's hip slip out of place. This can cause severe discomfort and an inability to perform daily activities. Exercising...even walking can become overwhelmingly difficult. Luckily, there is treatment for this and prognosis is good if caught early.
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Hydrocephalus - A Brain Disease
This is a disease that is rare, however the Maltese is one breed that is more prone to this health problem than other breeds. This is a canine health condition in which the fluid that normally surrounds the dog's brain becomes to grow in volume. It will keep increasing until there is extensive extra fluid. This can be extremely serous and all Maltese owners should know the symptoms: early detection plays a vital role in successful treatment
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This happens when there is an obstruction of blood flow from the dog’s liver to the dog’s body. Because the liver acts as a filter, when blood is not allowed to enter into the liver to filter out, many health conditions will occur. Luckily, this is treatable in most cases.
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There are various skin conditions that can affect the Maltese breed. This includes mites, mange, yeast infection and SA. Learn more: Maltese Skin Problems.
Skin Color Issues
Learn about what are normal colors of the Maltese dog's belly, reasons for color change and signs to look for which would indicate skin diseases
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White Dog Shaker Syndrome
This somewhat odd health condition is found much more commonly with the Maltese, of course, than other dog breeds. The dog will have tremors of their entire body. There are environmental conditions that can trigger this to happen.
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