IS THERE ANY HEALTH PROBLEMS THAT ARE COMMON IN MALTESE BREEDS

June 10, 2014

I have a maltese puppy. Is there any health problems that are common in Maltese breeds? Also I will not be breeding her and am planning on having her fixed. Someone told me to let her have 1 litter, it will make her a better dog. What is your opinion?

Debbie M, Sylacauga

 

Hi Debbie,

The most common problem With Maltese is a problem with dislocated knee caps. The ligaments holding the knee caps in place are under developed and allow the knee cap to slip to the inside of the knee joint. Thus, putting abnormal ware‘ on the joint and causing arthritis down the line. There are other things like tearing and sensitive bowels but these can be controlled. If your dog comes up with the knee cap problem and is showing signs by skipping or toeing in with the rear toe. You might consider putting your dog on my Healthy Joint formula to help preserve the joints. Hope this has been of some help to you.

Charles C Kruger, DVM