Common health issues
Shaker Dog Syndrome
- Shaker Dog Syndrome affects small white dogs like the Maltese and causes tremors of the body. It tends to develop suddenly in young dogs and can range from mild to severe. Medical treatment is generally effective at controlling signs. While some dogs recover completely, others will require lifelong treatment.
Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)
- With PDA, the ductus � a channel that connects the pulmonary artery and the aorta - does not close, allowing blood to shunt back to the pulmonary circulation. The heart has to pump harder to maintain blood circulation, which can lead to signs of congestive heart failure. With surgery, affected dogs can lead a normal life.
- 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.
- Cryptorchidism is the failure of one or more of the testicles to drop into the scrotum. Because retained testicles are prone to testicular torsion and cancer to a much higher degree, they should be surgically removed. Your veterinarian can perform surgery at your pet's normal neutering age.
- In this condition, only some of the blood from the intestines passes through the liver, and the rest mixes with the general circulation, so dogs with a liver shunt have excess amount of toxins in their blood. Symptoms generally emerge by 6 months of age and include failure to gain weight, vomiting, and hepatic encephalopathy. Surgical correction is usually curative.