Five-Year Miniature Schnauzer Health Guarantee and Contract Below. Information Below on Feeding Your Schnauzer. Health Issues Below.
My purpose as a breeder is to produce beautiful and healthy Miniature Schnauzers. The average life expectancy for a dog is 10 to 12 years old with some living longer (this applies to Schnauzers too). Only 1% of dogs live to be 15 years old or older. No breeder can claim they will never have a puppy/adult with a life threatening genetic disorder (Humans have over 3000 genetic disorders and dogs have them too). It is impossible to produce 100% perfection. Life does not work that way with humans or animals however, I stand by the health of my Miniature Schnauzers and their offspring. I have provided a contract and guarantee that reflects my commitment in producing healthy puppies that grow into healthy adults and live a long life as a companion pet.
My mission is that the Schnauzer will be free from LIFE THREATENING genetic disorders to the best of my knowledge through adulthood. This is not a guarantee against common health issues for this breed in general. I will not cover life threatening diseases caused by a bad diet, lack of exercise, or lack of vet care. LINK TO WHAT I FEED MY DOGS.
HEALTH CONTRACT -- 10/2015
SPAY/NEUTER AGREEMENT -- 10/2015
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Common Health problems in dogs... and Miniature Schnauzers
One study looked at the records of almost 40,000 dogs presented with cataracts at veterinary teaching hospitals in North America between 1964 and 2003.
Results of the study: health miniature problem schnauzer
1. Though cataracts in dogs are most common in purebreds, around 1.61% of mixed breed dogs get them too.
2. Apart from the Miniature Schnauzer (4.98% affected), Purebreds with the highest risk of developing cataracts, were:
• American Cocker Spaniel (8.77% affected)
• Bichon Frise (11.45% affected)
• Boston Terrier (11.11% affected)
• Havanese (11.57% affected)
• Miniature Poodle (10.79% affected)
• Silky Terrier (10.29% affected)
• Smooth Fox Terrier (11.70% affected)
• Standard Poodle (7.00% affected)
• Toy Poodle (10.21% affected).
Breeds originally used to develop the Miniature Schnauzer from the Standard Schnauzer included the Bichon Frise and Poodle – likely sources of the cataract gene in our breed!
So, What are Cataracts in Dogs?
All light information processed by the eye has to first get through the lens. A healthy lens is clear to allow light through.
In this cross section of an eye, the lens is shown in yellow
A lens that becomes cloudy or milky is called a cataract. It’s like looking through a foggy window!
The extent to which a cataract interferes with the ability of the dog to see depends on how cloudy it is, as well as what parts of the lens are affected.
What Cataracts in Dogs are NOT Hereditary
• Cataracts in Old Dogs
_______________________________________________________ Ear Infections in Dogs
Dogs can get ear infections for any number of reasons. conformation of certain breeds predispose the ear to infections. Generally, genetic traits that inhibit air drying of the ear or normal drainage of ear debris tend to cause an increased incidence of ear infections (meaning the way that type of breeds ears are set and the amount of hair in the ear). Other reasons for ear infections in dogs are exposure to water and skin allergies. Certainly, many ear infections occur for no specific reason at all.
Canine Diabetes Symptoms, Types, Causes and Treatment Would you recognize canine diabetes symptoms in your dog? It pays to become familiar with the warning signs!
Diabetes is an increasingly common disease in dogs and people, now affecting about one in every 150 dogs.
Is your dog at risk? And what is the risk to Miniature Schnauzer health? What treatments are available and what can you do to avoid this disease?
What is Diabetes?
The energy that body cells rely on to power them comes from blood glucose. Glucose can only get into cells with the help of the hormone insulin, normally produced by the pancreas. In diabetes this mechanism is disrupted, which can happen in one of two ways...
Canine diabetes mellitus
Canine diabetes mellitus, or Type I diabetes, is where the pancreas stops producing enough insulin to cope with the body’s glucose load. So this type of diabetes will respond to insulin injections. This is also the type most commonly seen in dogs.
Canine diabetes insipidus
Canine diabetes insipidus, or Type II diabetes, is where there is sufficient insulin available, but the body cells become less able to respond to it to let glucose in.
Canine Diabetes Symptoms
EARLY CANINE DIABETES SYMPTOMS
Early canine diabetes symptoms all stem from the inability of cells to get the glucose energy they need to function.
Hunger and weight loss
So, while there may be plenty of available glucose in the blood, the cells are starving. As a result, while the dog will be hungry, and eat more than usual, it will lose weight.
Increased drinking and urination
The body gets rid of excess glucose by using water to flush it out into the urine. So a common canine diabetes symptom is increased drinking and peeing.
Weakness and depression
Low cell glucose means low cell energy. So a common canine diabetes symptom is weakness. And because the brain is a big glucose user, the animal will also be depressed and lethargic.
LATER CANINE DIABETES SYMPTOMS
The excess glucose circulating the blood can infiltrate the lens of the eye, causing it to go cloudy and form cataracts. This can happen very rapidly leading to relatively sudden blindness in some dogs with diabetes.
Loss of appetite
As the disease progresses, untreated dogs become too weak and sick to eat. They will be very depressed and may also vomit.
Kidney, heart, liver and brain disease
Naturally, the hardest working organs in the body need the most glucose to function normally. So in the untreated diabetic dog, serious degeneration and failure of the kidney, heart, liver and brain can develop, leading eventually to coma and death in severe cases.
At the risk of such severe complications it is imperative to seek a veterinary diagnosis as soon as you notice any signs that look like canine diabetes symptoms in their early stages.
The key to diagnosing diabetes is the presence of excessive glucose in the blood and urine. Because of normal fluctuations in blood sugar after and between meals, it can take several tests to be sure.
Canine Diabetes Causes and Risk Factors
As we have seen, today about one in every 150 dogs will develop diabetes. Back in 1970 only one in every 526 dogs got it! What’s going on? Could processed convenience dog foods have something to do with it? We’ll discuss that hot topic under “control”, below.
But first, what are the main risk factors for canine diabetes?
While dogs of any age can get diabetes, it is usually seen in middle aged to older dogs between 7 to 9 years of age.
Female dogs, particularly if they are unspayed, are twice as likely to get diabetes as male dogs.
The risk of developing canine diabetes mellitus is higher in overweight dogs. Either over feeding or a high fat and sugar diet can be to blame.
Many commercial dog foods contain high levels of processed fats and sugars (eg corn, sugar and sorbitol), so feeding a natural diet and keeping your dog slim is a wise preventative strategy.
Damage to the pancreas
If the pancreas is damaged or diseased, its insulin production can be compromised (canine diabetes mellitus). Causes include viruses, immune disease, steroid drugs, and inflammatory disorders (pancreatitis).
Natural progestagen hormones in unspayed female dogs between heats or the use of synthetic progestagens can precipitate diabetes.
These reproductive hormones both overstimulate insulin production by the pancreas (leading to pancreatic exhaustion and canine diabetes mellitus) and cause body cells to lose their responsiveness to insulin (canine diabetes insipidus).
Under the influence of cortisol, one of the stress hormones, fat cells become less sensitive to insulin (canine diabetes insipidus).
Some dog breeds show a higher risk of diabetes, indicating that there’s a genetic predisposition for it too.
In one US study involving 180,000 insured dogs, the highest incidence of developing canine diabetes mellitus was reported in the following breeds: Australian Terriers, Samoyeds, Swedish Elkhounds, and Swedish Lapphunds. Other pedigree analysis studies have confirmed a genetic predisposition in Keeshonds and Samoyeds.
Though it hasn’t yet been proven, other studies involving smaller numbers of dogs report a higher incidence in the Cairn Terrier, Keeshond, Puli, and Miniature Pinscher.
Inconclusive research confounded by breed popularity also suspect the Alaskan Malamute, Beagle, Chow Chow, Dachshund, Doberman Pinscher, English Springer Spaniel, Finnish Spitz, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Miniature Schnauzer, Old English Sheepdog, Poodle, Schipperke and West Highland White are possibly at higher risk.
How long will my diabetic dog live?
With early diagnosis, the average survival for dogs with diabetes is two years. Remember, most dogs are around 8 years of age when they are first affected.
Apart from premature death, dogs with diabetes are at higher risk of cataracts, infections (especially bladder) and pancreatitis.
Prevention and Management of Canine Diabetes Symptoms
Dogs with diagnosed diabetes will require your veterinarian’s monitoring and help with management. They may also need twice daily insulin injections under the skin that dedicated owners will need to learn to administer themselves.
And of course, if they are overweight, they will need to go on a diet and exercise programme until their ideal weight is achieved. Feed a natural diet
Commercial dog food, no matter how expensive, is processed. And we all know processed foods are harmful! For a start they contain heat treated, unnatural fats.
In the absence of natural essential oils in the diet, the body is forced to make its cells with these fats, causing problems throughout the body.
For example, fats are an important building block of cell walls. As they are warped by processing they fit poorly, diminishing the function of cell walls and leading to problems taking in glucose (canine diabetes insipidus).
As discussed above, many commercial dog foods contain sugar, which overstimulates the pancreas to produce insulin, leading to its eventual exhaustion (canine diabetes mellitus).
So, to prevent diabetes or manage it in a diabetic dog, stick to a raw, natural unprocessed diet high in fiber and complex carbohydrates.
Several small meals at scheduled times of the day are recommended.
Helpful herbs and supplements
Recommended herbal remedies include bilberry, stinging nettle, garlic, Fenugreek, chromium (found in brewer’s yeast), and olive leaves. Vitamin C helps the immune system and Vitamin E reduces the need for insulin.
To remain healthy, fit and at their ideal weight, all dogs need regular daily exercise.
In the diabetic dog exercise must be very consistent – the same type and amount of exercise at the same time each day.
This is because exercise promotes increased blood circulation and stimulates glucose uptake into cells. So exercise can cause a drop in blood sugar that can be dramatic if not anticipated and managed for.
Proper diet, medication and exercise will hopefully keep your pet healthy and living a long, happy life.
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