Maltese is a healthy energetic breed with a lifespan of between 12-15 years.
With proper care, you can expect your pup to live a long and healthy life.
On average medical costs for a Maltese will range between $300 to $500 a year for vaccinations, flea treatments, and vet check-ups. However, like other breeds, Maltese dogs are susceptible to some health conditions that you need to watch out for. These include:
Portosystemic Liver Shunt (PSS)
Portosystemic liver shunt affects the proper flow of blood to the liver. This condition is hereditary and can occur in the Maltese breed.
Some symptoms of this condition include loss of appetite, jaundice, and urinary tract infections. PSS can be treated with surgery. Early diagnosis is important to avoid complications and ensure recovery.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Maltese can be prone to eye problems. It is recommended that you get your dog’s eyes checked regularly to detect any retinal disorders. If left unchecked, retinal atrophy can lead to blindness.
Maltese dogs are susceptible to joint problems including patellar luxation. This condition causes joint dislocation which can be painful for your pup. Patellar luxation can be treated by surgery in advanced cases.
White Dog Shaker Syndrome
The Maltese are more prone to White Dog Shaker Syndrome, a disorder that causes full-body tremors. Episodes usually begin early in life and can be triggered by stress or excitement. This condition isn’t painful and won’t affect your dog’s personality.
The beautiful Maltese coat can be prone to infections and requires regular grooming. Chronic allergies are common in Maltese so you will need to watch out for scaly patches on the skin or signs of hair loss.