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.

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 is a crate or with a harness and seat belt. NEVER leave your puppy or dog alone in the car, particularly on warm days.

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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.

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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.

Early access to stairs has also been shown to be detrimental, as well as slippery floors!

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. 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 for advice.

The link below provides information on common ailments in dogs.

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