maltipoo breed information

common health issues

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Maltipoo is mix between a Maltese and a Miniature Poodle. Because offspring can inherit the characteristics of either or both of their parents, the Maltipoo may favor a Maltese, a Miniature Poodle or may be a perfect mix of both. The Maltipoo is generally a loving breed, owing to its gentle, good natured parents.

Despite their mixed breed background, Maltipoo 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 Maltipoos are prone to include knee issues such as medial patellar luxation; skin problems such as atopy; developmental problems such as cryptorchidism; eye conditions such as cataracts; and liver problems such as portosystemic shunts.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Maltipoo inherits more than just a mixed identity, you’re covered.

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

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