bichon poo breed information

common health issues

Atopy refers to skin allergies caused by inhaled or contact allergens. Just like us, our dogs can be allergic to pollen, dander, grasses and trees. Their allergies result in itchiness that can be seasonal or year-round. Affected dogs are prone to ear and skin infections. The condition varies in severity but is usually lifelong and often requires constant medical management.

Cataracts describes the transparency of the lens in the eye.While cataracts are a common finding in older dogs, many breeds, including Cavaliers, have a genetic predisposition to juvenile cataracts, i.e., occurring in young animals. Hereditary cataracts can occur as early as six months of age and progress to complete loss of vision by two years old. The good news is that most affected lenses can be treated surgically. Cost of treatment: $1,500 to $3,000 per lens.

A luxating patella is a knee cap that moves out of its groove � sometimes referred to as a "trick knee". It is usually caused by several inherited factors including a shallow patella groove. In individuals with moderate or severe disease, surgical correction in often recommended to prevent a progression that includes severe lameness, chronic pain and thickening of the knee.

The trachea, or windpipe, is supposed to be a rigid tube. In some breeds, the cartilage rings that hold the trachea open are undeveloped or become weak and allow the trachea to flatten during respiration. Mild cases can be managed medically with cough suppressants and bronchodilators, but surgical placement of tracheal stents is recommended for some severe cases.

In Mitral Valve Disease, a defect in the mitral valve causes an insufficient seal in the heart. The leaky valve allows the blood to back flow into the heart rather than flow out to the body, in turn causing the heart to work harder. Over time, mitral valve disease can lead to congestive heart failure.

A Bichon Poo is a mixed breed, the result of breeding a Bichon Frise with a Miniature Poodle. Like any other dog, the offspring may inherit traits from one or both of its parents, and in the case of the Bichon Poo, both are equally desirable. Combining the intelligence of the Miniature Poodle with the happy-go-lucky attitude of the Bichon Frise results in a simply adorable, affectionate offspring.

Both parent breeds are considered to be “hypo-allergenic”, so the Bichon Poo is a good choice for families with members who suffer from pet allergies. Both of the parent breeds are known to be excellent family pets, appropriate for owners of every age.

Because Bichon Poos are a mixed breed, they are less prone to heritable conditions than purebred dogs, due to hybrid vigor. But they can still develop hereditary and congenital conditions that can be harmful to their health – and your family’s budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses the Bichon Poo is prone to include skin conditions such as atopy; eye disorders such as cataracts; heart problems such as mitral valve disease; joint problems such as patellar luxation; and respiratory problems such as tracheal collapse.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Bichon Poo inherits his father’s bad eyes or his mother’s heart problems, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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  • your share of the cost: $450
  • Petplan's reimbursement to you: $1,550
  • coverage remaining in policy period: Unlimited
    (full policy limits are reinstated upon renewal)