Common Spitz Diseases German

The German Spitz is a breed of dog that comprises 5 other varieties :

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  • Spitz wolf or Keeshond
  • Big spitz
  • Middle Spitz
  • Small spitz
  • Spitz Dwarf or Lulu of Pomerania

The difference between them is basically the size, however some federations consider that the German Spitz Dwarf, also known as Lulu of Pomerania has its own characteristics and is classified separately.

Anyway, the German Spitz Dwarf or Lulu of Pomerania is a breed of dogs that has become quite popular in recent years in Brazil, and with the great demand for puppies of this breed, the greater the demand that breeders have, the cases of clandestine breeding and reproduction, which causes certain diseases common to the breed to be propagated without due care.

To this end, the Expert has prepared this article so that you are aware of the most common Diseases of the German Spitz .

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Common Pomeranian Lulu Diseases

The German Spitz Dwarf is also named after Lulu of Pomerania. She is an extremely affectionate and protective race with her family, they are brave and fearless, and also very curious and daring. If you want to know more about the Lulu breed of Pomeranian we have a complete article about her here at YourCatCareguide.

As it has become a breed quite popular in recent years, precisely because of this companionable and docile personality, and because it is one of the races preferred by people who live in apartments and do not spend much space, the demand for raising dogs of this breed has increased , and consequently the number of clandestine breeders only interested in profiting from the sale of these dogs. Because of this, the spread of the most common Pomeranian Lulu diseases have also increased. That is why it is so important to visit the place where the parents of the puppies live, the so-called kennel headquarters, paying attention to the hygiene of the place and state of health of the parents .

Another important point that professional dog breeders must present is their parents’ health history, with veterinary medical examinations attesting that the breeds do not carry genetic diseases that can be transmitted to the young. Due to the value of these exams, which are high cost, a person who breeds dogs only with the purpose of profiting from the sale, ends up not doing, and only breeders who are really committed to the breed invest heavily in it, which value of the puppy. So be wary of very cheap puppies and ask about the conditions of crossing the parents, because, just to get an idea, crosses forced by those who do not understand very well the subject, can generate about 300 different genetic diseases, in addition, there is the correct way to cross , since the degree of kinship between the dogs increases even more the chances of the appearance of genetic diseases.

Among the most common diseases that affect the Lulu of Pomerania we have three champions:

  1. Dislocation or dislocation of patella or patella.
  2. Retinal degeneration.
  3. Persistence of the ductus arteriosus.

Patellar dislocation

The kneecap as it is popularly known is a bone that is located in the knee region, wrapped by the cartilage capsule, this bone is called the patella. In dogs with genetic predisposition, the patella ends up leaving the place, moving as the dog moves the leg, and depending on the severity may or may not, return alone to the place, however, causes a lot of pain, the dog may limp, and depending on the cases, it loses the ability to jump.

Unfortunately 40% of the dogs of this breed live with this problem of dislocation or dislocation of patella, and in the great majority, the problem is solved surgically.

To know more about Patellar Dislocation in Dogs – Symptoms and Treatment YourCatCareguide has separated this other article for you.

Retinal degeneration

Retinal degeneration is a serious problem that can lead Pomeranian Lulu to total blindness. It is a condition passed on from parents to the offspring genetically, and offspring that display this defective gene can not be reproduced and should be castrated so that this genetic condition is not passed on to future offspring again.

If you suspect that your dog is blind, in this arrigo we explain how to know if the dog is blind .

Persistence of ductus arteriosus

During the life of the fetus, in the mother’s belly, the lungs are still not working, since the fetus receives all the nutrients and oxygenation of the blood through the placental umbilical cord. Therefore, in fetal life, the Arteriosus Duct is an important blood vessel that connects the pulmonary artery (which would carry the blood to the lungs) in the Aorta, which is responsible for bringing the blood to the rest of the body. After birth and the rupture of the umbilical cord, the baby starts to breathe with its own lungs, therefore, the deviation of blood from the pulmonary artery through the ductus arteriosus is no longer necessary and should disappear within 48 hours after birth.

If this does not happen, due to the wrong circulation of blood through the body, the cub may develop heart failure and the treatment is only surgical, for the removal of the ductus arteriosus causing the blood to be pumped correctly to the lungs and then to the rest of the body.

It is also a disease with genetic predisposition, and dogs diagnosed with ductus arteriosus persistence should not be reproduced.

This article is purely informative, in we do not have the capacity to prescribe veterinary treatments nor to make any type of diagnosis. We suggest you bring your pet to the veterinarian in case of any type of condition or malaise.

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