Mix breed dogs are considered to be healthier than both parents. However one must keep in mind all potential health problems Zuchon may face. Before bringing one home.
Diseases Zuchon may Prone to:
- Atopic Dermatitis
- Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome
- Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
- Patellar Luxation
- Hip Dysplasia
- Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia
- Portosystemic Shunt
Causes and Effects of Diseases:
They may face skin allergy Atopic Dermatitis which causes itching and inflammation. Epilepsy disease causes recurring seizures. That can also last for a longer time. Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome is most common in flat faced small dogs due to their short muzzle. Causes are breathing distress. Hypothyroidism when the thyroid becomes overactive and secrete hormones due to a tumor in the brain.
Destruction of tear glands causes Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca results in swelling, irritation, and infection of eyes. Cataracts referred as cloudiness of the lens of eyes. Blocks the light which passes through the retina. Also may lead to blindness if not treated.
Orthopedic diseases including Patellar Luxation caused when kneecap dislocates from the normal position. Hip Dysplasia due to non-proper development of hip joints. Fractures are also possible with this small breed if dropped even from few inches on a hard floor.
Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia due to low blood oxygen level. Results in destruction of immune system. Portosystemic Shunt caused when blood vessels supplying oxygen and nutrients to liver doesn’t function properly.
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