Dog Breed Veterinary Stats: Part 1

Dog breed veterinary stats on the Havanese, Shih Tzu, Labradoodle, and Boxer

We’re kicking off a series on dog breed veterinary stats and information to help you better understand the different breeds, and learn about some of the less known, more serious veterinary issues some of these dog breeds can experience. Today we’ve got the first installment on dog breed stats, brought to you by Trupanion.

While many dog breeds are known for common issues or ailments due to different types of breeding, bloodlines, or just how the breed has developed over the years, some of these can be cosmetic while others are more serious and may require veterinary intervention for the long term health and comfort of your pet. It’s important to understand the difference between what’s cosmetic and what is more serious, so we’ve shared this chart featuring these 4 breeds of dogs to help.

The Havanese is a Bichon type of dog that is actually the national dog of Cuba. They have long, silky coats and come in a variety of colors, and can develop tear stains on their coat from tear ducts, and alsocan be prone to cataracts and cruciate rupture.  The Shih Tzu is another small breed of dog similar in size to the Havanese. They also have a luxurious, silky coat and too can be prone to eye issues. In addition, they can develop bladder stones and lymphoma.

Labradoodles are a breed of dog that is rapidly growing in popularity, originating from a cross of the Labrador and Poodle breeds. While technically not a major recognized breed, they have gained recognition as hypoallergenic guide dogs as well as great family pets. Like their parent breeds, they can also suffer from hip dysplasia, eye disorders, and adenocarcinoma which is a form of cancer as they age.

Finally, we’re featuring the Boxer, a medium-sized short-haired dog that was originally developed in Germany. They make great family dogs and are extremely fun-loving and faithful. Many Boxers have an intolerance for the medication acepromazine, along with other potential veterinary issues that include various types of cancer, spinal issues, and several other issues.

Check out this great chart from Trupanion with some of the most common veterinary claims submitted for these dogs and their average costs (below). We’re hoping this will help you plan and consider what to do if you dog is affected.

Dog breed veterinary stats part 1

We know that all dog breeds have various issues, so it’s important to determine what type of dog fits in your lifestyle. And of course, Trupanion is here to help cover those additional veterinary expenses to help your dog enjoy a long and healthy life. You can read the full article about these featured dog breed veterinary stats here, and sign up for Trupanion while you’re at it! And of course, we’re always here to help, so feel free to contact us with any questions.

Our Certifications

AAHA: The Animal Hospital of Sussex County is a certified hospital in the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). To achieve this distinction, our hospital has passed regular comprehensive inspections of our facilities, medical equipment, veterinary practice methods and management. If you are traveling or relocating anywhere, finding an AAHA hospital will ensure the best medical care for your pet. The AAHA is recognized as the world’s leading association of small animal practitioners.

AAFP: We are also a cat friendly practice, certified by the American Association of Feline Practitioners. This means that the Animal Hospital of Sussex County is specifically set up to decrease stress and provide a more calming environment for your cat. Our staff has also been trained in feline-friendly handling and understanding cat behavior in order to increase the quality of care for your cat.

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