peek a poo breed information

common health issues

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.

Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), better known as "dry eye", is a deficiency in the water portion of the tear film of the eye. Without the water portion of tears, the cornea and conjunctiva become very dry and inflamed and are prone to infection. This uncomfortable condition requires costly topical treatment several times a day throughout the dog's life.

With intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) one or more of the discs that sit between vertebrae break down and their extruded contents bulge into the vertebral canal, pressing on the spinal cord. Symptoms range from mild back or neck pain to paralysis of the limbs. Mild IVDD can be managed medically, but severe IVDD cases require surgery to provide relief.

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 Peek-a-poo (or Pekepoo) is the result of cross between a Pekingese and a Toy or Miniature Poodle. She was among the first of the Poodle crosses that began to emerge in the 1950s and 60s, continuing with the Labradoodle and Yorkie-poo, among others. In contrast to some of those mixed breeds, however, breeders do not seek to create a specific “Peek-a-poo” dog breed, but rather continue crossing purebred Pekingese and purebred Poodles. There are no official clubs or organizations that seek breed recognition, nor are Peek-a-poos often bred to each other. Like all mixed breeds, this keeps them generally healthy, although certain conditions may be inherited from the parent breeds.

The Peek-a-poo's fine, soft coat may be any number of shades, ranging from white, cream, silver, gray, sable or apricot to red, chocolate, buff and black. She generally does not shed much, only requiring regular grooming to stay tangle-free and healthy. The wrinkles and folds around her eyes, ears and nose — inherited from her Pekingese parent — do require some care to be kept clean and dry.

An active and energetic dog, the Peek-a-poo greatly enjoys her daily walks or romps in the backyard, which can help her avoid destructive tendencies. She is loving, affectionate and protective toward her family, and she is known to announce the presence of suspicious strangers with a mighty voice. Socialization from puppyhood is important to keep this generally gentle dog from becoming too timid or slightly aggressive, particularly when it comes to young children and other pets.

Despite her mixed parentage, the Peek-a-poo is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect his health, and your family’s budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Peek-a-poos are prone to include knee conditions such as luxating patellas; spinal problems such as intervertebral disc disease (IVDD); eye conditions such as cataracts and keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye); and cardiac conditions such as mitral valve disease.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Peek-a-poo inherits her mom’s weak heart or her dad’s bad eyes, you’re protected.

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
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