Schnauzer Health

Best Schnauzer Health Tip
The Number 1 piece of advice for anybody looking to get a healthy Schnauzer - whether it's a Giant, Standard or Miniature Schnauzer - is to buy a properly bred puppy.

This means getting your Schnauzer puppy from a reputable breeder who selects the parent dogs based on a number of factors, including:

  • body shape
  • conformation
  • temperament
  • lineage
  • health history

Far better to spend time choosing a dog which has been well bred than to expend a lot of time and money later on at the vet's when the dog develops hereditary problems caused by poor breeding.

As the English upper classes say (in a very posh accent): "There is no substitute for good breeding, darling!"

Robust Schnauzers
Fortunately, Giant, Standard and Miniature Schnauzers are by and large regarded as healthy and robust dog breeds. They are relatively free of many genetic problems that affect some other purebreeds.

Some Miniature Schnauzers do suffer from skin complaints and we have several pages on ths subject, along with comments from our readers on the best way of dealing with them.

Other illnesses which can affect some Schnauzers include: diabetes, epilepsy, kidney or bladder stones, Cushings Disease (Minis), hip dysplasia, bloat (Giants) and hypothyroidism.

All of these ailments, symptoms and treatments are covered in our ebook The Schnauzer Handbook along with a section on recognising, treatment and dealing with canine cancer.

As with any pet, you will probably encounter some health issues during the (hopefully) many years of your dog's life.

Here are some of the main subjects relevant to Schnauzer owners.

How Do You Know If your Dog Is Healthy? Read Our Top Ten Guide to Canine Health

The 4 Vital Signs of Dog Illness

Cataracts in Dogs

Trifexis for Dogs

Schnauzer Skin Conditions - the Causes

Schnauzer Bumps or Comedone Syndrome

Dog Food Allergies

Canine Separation Anxiety- the Symptoms

Techniques for Dealing with Canine Separation Anxiety

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DISCLAIMER: Please note, these articles are intended to give a broad outline of various Schnauzer health issues. If you think you may have a serious Schnauzer health problem, please consult your veterinarian.

Copyright: Linda Whitwam 2012/13

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