Common Health Issues
Min Pins are generally healthy dogs, and you can expect your furry friend to spend most of its lifetime jumping and playing around the house rather than at the vet’s. However, due to either genetics, poor handling and environmental factors, Min Pins are predisposed to health issues like:
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
PRA refers to a condition that causes a gradual degradation of the retina in Miniature Pinschers, and ultimately, loss of sight. Min Pins suffering from PRA typically start by becoming night blind, and then as the condition worsens, they lose the ability to see during daytime as well.
Sadly, PRA has no known cure, and the best you can do for a pooch suffering from this disorder is to manage its symptoms, while helping it through its loss of sight. Min Pins suffering from this condition typically adapt well to the loss of sight, as long as there are no drastic changes in their immediate environments.
The Legg-Calve-Perthes disease is a condition that affects the head of the femur bone located in Miniature Pinschers’ hind leg. This disease causes a gradual collapse of the hip joint, thereby resulting in swelling of bones and joints.
Min Pins suffering from this condition typically show signs of pain when moving their hips, and a loss in muscle mass over the affected area.
Legg-Calve-diseases in Min Pins can be treated by medication prescribed by a qualified vet, and in some cases, surgery is needed. Most times, physical therapy is needed for affected Min Pins to regain control of affected limbs.
Patella Luxation in Min Pins happens when the doggie’s kneecap or patella shifts away from its normal position on the thigh-bone. A luxating patella typically occurs as a result of an injury, or in the case of Min Pins and other toy dogs, due to genetics.
Patella luxation in Miniature Pinschers results in decreased mobility, joint pains, and in extreme cases, arthritis. Surgery is often prescribed as treatment for luxating patellas in Min Pins. But it can as well be treated with appropriate pain and anti-inflammatory medication, as well as weight-management exercises.
Other Health Issues
Apart from the health conditions listed above, Min Pins are also predisposed to various viral and bacterial infections, obesity, eye problems, and Mast Cell Tumor (which is a form of skin cancer). Also, if you notice your Min Pin losing hair, it may be suffering from Color Dilution Alopecia.
Min Pins also tend to shake out of fear or excitement. But it’s better to be safe than sorry, and you should take your furry friend to the vet for proper diagnosis immediately you notice shaking.
This is not necessarily a medical issue, but Miniature Pinschers will smell if you haven’t cleaned their ears in a while. To prevent your Min Pin from stinking up the house, regularly clean its ears with specially formulated cleaners or a mixture of white vinegar and warm water.