Poodle care and health concerns


Poodle care and health concerns

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Thank you for joining us for Part 1 of the poodle. If you missed it, please visit our previous post for breed history and common traits. Today we focus on taking care of the poodle breed.


Both the standard and toy poodle have a coat that is often described as curly and dense. The coat therefore requires regular brushing to prevent matting. Many pet parents prefer to have their poodles clipped professionally every 6 weeks. If you opt for a professional clip, remember that brushing is still required, particularly over the areas where the hair is a bit longer.

It is also important to check the eyes and inside the ears for hair. If, for example, your poodle hair excess hair growing in her ears, have that hair clipped too. 

Common health concerns of the poodle breed

Poodles my suffer from breed specific conditions as well as common health issues that affect most dogs. 

The poodle is generally a healthy dog; however, the breed can be susceptible to certain conditions:

  • Addison’s disease (also known as hypoadrenocorticism)
  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD), which is a rare congenital heart malformation
  • Bloat 
  • Cushings Disease, of which there are 3 forms
  • Epilepsy 
  • Hip dysplasia 
  • Hypothyroidism 
  • Legg-calve-perthes 
  • Patellar luxation
  • Optic nerve hypoplasia
  • Von Willebrand’s disease (vWD) (an inherited bleeding disorder)

It is important to note that your poodle may not experience any of these health concerns. However, if you are wondering which of these are more common, the answer is Addison’s disease, bloat, hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia and epilepsy. And of these, bloat poses an immediate and very serious health risk. If your poodle is acting erratic and has an enlarged stomach, you need to get her to a vet immediately for surgical intervention to relieve that pressure. 

Dental disease, vaccinations and weight

Your poodle, just like any other dog, needs to have her teeth cleaned and to be up to date with her vaccinations. A veterinarian will advise when these are necessary and will also check for any underlying medical concerns during a routine visit. Your vet will also advise you if your furkid is overweight or experiencing any discomfort. To prevent or address any weight issues, feed your poodle a well-balanced diet. Royal Canin has an excellent nutrition range for poodles during all life stages. 

Your poodle is an amazing pet partner. Enjoy her!

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