The Health of Your Havanese
The Havanese is generally a healthy, robust little dog. However, like in all pets, health problems can occur occasionally.
There are a number of things you can do to minimise the risk of problems in your Havanese:
Buy from a Reputable Breeder
Make sure you follow our advice on the Puppy page, and only buy from a breeder whose dogs are well kept and health tested before breeding as per Havanese Club of GB recommendations.
Prepare for your New Puppy
Make sure you educate yourself about owning a small breed puppy, and 'puppy proof' your home and garden, to avoid exposure to environmental hazards and minimise risk of accidents (or escaping).
ALWAYS secure the puppy or dog in the car, either in a crate or with a harness and seat belt. NEVER leave your puppy or dog alone in the car, particularly on warm days.
Feed your Puppy healthy food
Whichever type of food you decide to feed your puppy, be it raw, dry, wet or home cooked, please ensure you feed the best quality food you can afford.
Avoid overfeeding your puppy, as obesity is associated with multiple health issues such as diabetes and joint disorders.
Keep your puppy safe from harmful and toxic foods, such as chocolate, artificial sweeteners, grapes & raisins and many others.
Age Appropriate Exercise
Your puppy will require exercise, but doing too much too soon can be harmful and result in lasting health problems. The amount of exercise needs to be gradually increased as the puppy matures. Aside from the puppy's 'self directed' exercise, daily walks on lead should be limited to roughly 5 minutes per month of age, and then increased gradually.
Early access to stairs has also been linked to hip problems in later life, as have slippery floors. For detailed information on how to keep your puppy active and mentally stimulated, click the button below and then scroll down the page for free advice.
Maintain a Good Relationship with your Vet
All dogs will need to see the vet sometimes, be it for a routine check up, vaccinations, or advice on worming and parasite prevention, or in an emergency. It is important that you find a vet you are comfortable with- you may wish to follow recommendations from friends or neighbours, or visit a couple of local surgeries to get some information on their services.
If you are concerned at all about your puppy's wellbeing, please contact your vet and DO NOT rely on advice/remote diagnosis from individuals on social media, who will mostly not be qualified to provide veterinary advice.
The link below provides information on common ailments in dogs, but we would also advise owners to consider attending a basic canine first aid course, online or in person.