schnoodle breed information

common health issues

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.

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.

The cells of the body need sugar to function and need insulin to carry sugar in through their walls. Diabetic animals do not have enough insulin to transport sugar into the cells, resulting in high blood sugar and starving cells. Treatment entails the lifelong administration of insulin shots, and usually requires frequent trips to the vet for rechecks.

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.

The Schnoodle is a technically a “mixed breed” dog, the result of the crossing of a Schnauzer with a Poodle. Both Schnauzers and Poodles come in several sizes, so the size of the Schnoodle can vary, but generally, they are a cross of the smaller size of both breeds.

Like any mixed breed dog, an offspring may inherit the characteristics of either or both of its parents. In this case, both parent dogs are quite intelligent breeds, leading to smart, highly trainable pups who live to please their owners.

Both Schnauzers and Poodles are relatively high-energy dogs, so it stands to reason that the Schnoodle would be as well. Bred to be a companion dog, the adorable Schnoodle makes for a happy, devoted pet.

Though the breed itself does not have any specific heritable conditions, diseases common in the parent breeds are also more prevalent in their crosses, as is the case with the Schnoodle. Hereditary and congenital conditions can adversely affect your dog’s health – as well as your family’s finances. In Schnoodles, those can include heart disease such as mitral valve disease; knee problems such as medial patellar luxation; skeletal problems such as intervertebral disc disease; and respiration problems such as tracheal collapse.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Schnoodle inherits his dad’s bad knees or his mom’s weak heart, you’re covered.

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

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