Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Genetic Disorders in Miniature Schnauzers

Every breed of dog has one or more genetic defects that are particular to its breed. Miniature schnauzers are no different. Genetic defects are one of the main reasons someone interested in a mini schnauzer as a pet should do their research when selecting a breeder.

The most common problem with mini schnauzers is (inherited) eye problems: Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), retinal dysplasia, cataracts, blindness

Be sure that your breeder does a CERF on the sire and the dam before breeding them. Also, the puppies should be examined. If the breeder hasn't CERF'ed the puppy, be sure to take the puppy to a veterinary opthamologist within the next 2 to 3 days and then 6 months after the first visit.

Another common problem is with the endocrine system: pancreatitis, diabetes,
hypothyroidism, Cushings disease Addison's disease and liver problems, such as hepatic shunts. Kidney problems: bladder stones and UTIs. These diseases can sometimes be avoided (or, at least, are less exacerbated) by feeding your mini schnauzer a good diet and keeping treats, junk food and table scraps to a bare minimum. These guys put on weight very easily and their bodies don't do well processing fats, so a wholesome diet is mandatory. Also, be sure to brush their teeth regularly.

Skin problems are also fairly common with this breed: schnauzer bumps (schnauzer comedo syndrome), skin allergies and hot spots (usually the result of poor diet and little exercise) Mini schnauzers are frequently allergic to corn, wheat and low grade meat products. So, again, diet is very important.

Some very serious health problems in miniature schnauzers are:

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Our mini has been a wonderful pet, but she too has many allegeries to her food and the outdoors. We can only let her go out for a very short time and her diet has been changed many times because she becomes allegeric to it. She too gets the hot spots and bumps, but with frequent baths they are not as numerous. She was so easily trained when she was a puppy and has been the most wonderful inside dog. She loves everyone and loves getting attention.