Poodles come in three varieties – standard, miniature and toy – and are typically black, white, apricot or gray in color. Poodles shed much less than other dogs and, because their coats are made of hair rather than fur, they are one of the only hypoallergenic breeds of dog. Professional grooming is recommended for owners of this breed but regular brushing and nail clipping can be done at home. Though often assumed to be unintelligent, Poodles are very smart and respond well to obedience training. Poodles are also very active and energetic – if they do not get enough daily exercise they may become bored and may get into mischief.
Standard Poodles typically live around twelve years and the smaller varieties – miniature and toy Poodles – have a median life span of fourteen years. This breed is susceptible to a variety of health conditions, however, which may shorten the dog’s life span. Pet insurance may help you cover treatment and medications for these conditions.
The disease most commonly affecting Poodles is Addison’s disease which can cause fatal sodium and potassium imbalances. Long-term treatment typically involves the administration of medications to replace aldosterone, the hormone responsible for regulating electrolytes, which can be given in pill or injection form. These medications generally cost around $100 per month though severely ill dogs may require IV fluids and additional tests which can cost upwards of $200 a month more.
Gastric Dilation Volvulus
This condition causes bloating and torsion in the stomach as a result of gas or fluid build-up in the stomach. Overeating and exercise directly after a meal are the most common factors in causing this condition. Though excess gas can be removed by inserting a tube into the stomach, surgery is often required to remove damaged organs, reposition the stomach and to prevent further torsion. Surgical repairs may cost around $1,200 without complications and as much as $5,000 or more if complications arise.
Though epilepsy occurs in all breeds, Poodles are among the most susceptible. This condition typically manifests before age two and is inherited genetically. Epilepsy is a condition characterized by seizures which often occur during periods of excitement or stress and, if untreated, can be severe enough to cause death. Though it cannot be cured, this condition can be managed through the administration of anticonvulsant medications like phenobarbital and potassium bromide which cost as little as $0.10 per dose.
Other Health Issues
Other common health problems in Poodles are hip dysplasia and ear infections, which are a minor health issue seen in all three Poodle varieties. Hip dysplasia generally requires surgery which can cost between $1,500 and $3,000 per hip, but ear infections can be treated by a veterinarian or with an over-the-counter medication for under $50.
Disclaimer: Symptoms, conditions, and costs may vary. Consult a licensed veterinarian to inquire about treatment options and cost of care for your particular situation. Check actual coverage and benefits for your dog to determine whether you will be covered by pet insurance.