maltese breed information

common health issues

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.
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.

These lovable, small white dogs were first recognized in Malta and have been owned by royalty all over the globe for 28 centuries. Classified as a “toy” breed, Maltese have always enjoyed a life of luxury, with their only job being to keep their owners company.

The Maltese is covered in long, white silky hair from head to toe and require meticulous grooming to maintain its beautiful appearance. They are gentle, affectionate and full of energy, making them fabulous family dogs. Because they shed less than most dogs, they are an excellent choice for those with allergies.

Although their silky hair makes them great companions for those with allergies, Maltese are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Maltese are prone to include heart problems such as patent ductus arteriosis and portosystemic shunts; developmental problems such as cryptorchidism; knee problems such as medial patellar luxation; and disorders such as Shaker Dog Syndrome.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your silky Maltese has the misfortune of inheriting his father’s bad heart or his mother’s bum knees, you’re covered.

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

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