Japanese chin: diseases and their prevention
Japanese chin can live up to 15 years. But this does not indicate good health. There are diseases that Japanese chins are susceptible to.
The main diseases of Japanese chin
Like all dogs with a shortened snout, Japanese chin often suffers from problems with the respiratory system. Moreover, the problems are not necessarily the result of violent activity. The heat is especially detrimental to pets: overheating can cause the death of chin.
Be sure to ask the breeder about the problems encountered in previous generations.
It is worth checking out Japanese chin for hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, von Wellebrand disease and hypothyroidism.
Often there are problems with the eyes: progressive retinal atrophy (fraught with blindness) and cataracts (clouding of the lens).
Atrioventricular endocariosis, a degenerative disease that affects the tricuspid and mitral valves of the heart, can lead to heart failure.
Heart murmurs can be caused by impaired blood flow through the heart chambers.
Small dogs often suffer from a dislocation of the patella.
At the age of 4 to 6 months, Japanese chin may manifest symptoms of Legg-Calwe-Perthes disease, an ailment associated with the disintegration of the femoral head. In this case, surgery is needed.
If the Japanese chin eats poorly, behaves sluggishly, digestion is observed, lameness or coat becomes dull, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
In the photo: Japanese Chin