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Some lines of Miniature Poodles may be prone to Patella Luxation and Mitral Valve Dysplasia (MVD), and may be prone to a lesser extent to Hip Dysplasia, Sebaceous Adenitis (SA), von Willebrand’s Disease (vWD) and the eye diseases Entropion and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA).

Toy Poodles may be prone to Patella Luxation, and may be prone to a lesser extent to Mitral Valve Dysplasia (MVD), Sebaceous Adenitis and the eye disorders Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and Entropion.

When purchasing a pup, be sure to ask for documented proof that the parents have been screened for potential health problems ___________________________________________________________________________

When purchasing a pup, be sure to ask for documented proof that the parents have been screened for these health problems - don’t rely on verbal assurances. These diseases are discussed later in more detail in the chapter on ‘Poodle Health Issues’ (page 149) including information on the testing schemes and databases that results are entered into. Other potentially serious diseases are also mentioned in this chapter. Although screening is available for some of these diseases, they are not as prevalent in the breed, so it is probably unreasonable to expect a breeder to screen for them. Discuss the diseases with breeders anyway, and if you have any doubts about the soundness of their stock, ask about the possibility of a screening test.

If you take a little time to be as sure about the future health of your dog as possible, you will undoubtedly save yourself a lot more time and expense later on, you and your dog will have much more fun together, and you will be encouraging the responsible breeding of healthy Poodles for future generations.

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