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
Remember, you will lower your odds dramatically if you purchase your Bichon Frise from a responsible, reputable Bichon Frise breeder.
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.
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.
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.
Symptoms can 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 will keep getting worse as time goes by and will eventually lead to blindness if surgery is not performed.
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.
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.
Most of the health conditions in a Bichon are not life threatening. If you take the time to and 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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