Peekapooos are an extremely healthy breed, since they are "designer" dogs they do not have the breed specific problems that occur in purebred dogs, this is called Hybrid Vigor. We have a 13 year old Peekapoo Bruce that has only been to the vet once at 6 months to be neutered. Every breed has their problems so I decided to list every issue I have ever had with any of my puppies. The most common thing is Umbilical Hernia. Since pekingese have smooshed noses when they are cleaning off their newborn babies they pull on the sack causing the hernias. An umbilical hernia is similar to an outy belly button. It is not a serious thing I do not repair hernias on my dogs unless I am spaying or neutering them. Usually the vet will charge an additional $25- $50 on top of the price of the spay. It is not an intrusive surgery they push it in and put a couple of stitches. In most puppies they go away on their own if you push them in when you pick up the puppy. Very very rarely are they dangerous I added a page to my site hernias with more info. I recently had an idiot vet scare the crap out of a person who just bought a puppy off me, the vet told them if they didn't do emergency surgery on a 7 week old puppy that it would die and he wanted to charge the people $1500 in that case, find another vet, that vet is an idiot trying to make money off the fears of the puppy owner.
All puppies have worms, my puppies are wormed with Nemex Wormer, it does most worms but their are a few that it doesn't do, we give monthly wormings to all of our dogs and every 6 months do a very strong wormer that kills all worms, we show dogs and go to dog shows every weekend so it is easy to pick things up. I have bred peekapoos for 17 years Pekingese for 24 years and recently I had a lady that bought a puppy, then freaked out because it had tapeworm. Tapeworm is caused by fleas, which we do not have, we have gorgeous showdogs and all of my dogs get advantage or frontline for fleas (I prefer advantage but frontline is safe for pregnant and nursing dogs) I have no idea how that puppy got the tapeworm none of the other puppies in that litter had them but it happens. The most important thing to know is tapeworms are not serious they are gross but not harmful to the dog, the bad worms are heartworm, hooks and whipworm. Hooks and Whips are easily treated, heartworm is the worse and the treatment itself is dangerous to the dog all of my dogs get monthly heartguard treatments to prevent these things. I have only had the one puppy with tapeworm but i felt obligated to make this page since the lady freaked out on me. As a pet owner you will have to worm your dog for the rest of it's life, we take excellent care of our dogs they are on the best foods and supplements but occasionally you will pick stuff up, I have been very lucky to have not had many problems considering how many dogs we have
UPDATE I did figure out how the puppy got tapeworm, my friend breeds and shows boston terriers she had puppies but the mom wouldn't accept them and tried to kill them so she brought them here, Tyra had puppies so I gave Tyra the bostons to raise, Tyra's puppies were all gone except one puppy that someone wanted me to hold for an additional 3 weeks, that is the lone puppy that ended up with taperworm and giaradia, I recently took those bostons to the vet and discovered they had taperworm and giardia so there is the answer as to why in a litter of 4 peekapoo puppies only one got the tapes and giardia they were cross contaminated from going from puppy box to puppy box. I won't do that again
Back problems are very common in pekingese dogs not so much in the peekapoos; usually ruptured disks are treated with prednisone, muscle relaxers, and crate rest. I have had many ruptured disks in my pekes, usually a week of pred cures the problem. I did have a bad back in one of my dogs that didn't respond to the prednisone so I took her to an acupuncture vet with miraculous results; had another peke with a bad back took him to acupuncture, didn't help; so we then took that dog to a chiropractor with much success. My first dog that didn't respond to the pred. and muscle relaxers I had been taking to my regular vet, when she didn't respond he sent me to a specialist who wanted $3000 to do back surgery. Some people have done the back surgeries successfully with their dogs, but I couldn't afford the surgery plus I have seen many dogs that ended up worse off after surgery, (I am a dog groomer so I see a lot of dogs) I cannot recommend the surgery only as a very last result after acupuncture and chiropractors didn't work. All of my dogs made a complete full recovery and went on to live very long healthy lives with no reoccurance
Coccidia are parasites that are often misunderstood in dogs. After the first exposure, coccidia parasites are always present in the puppy's intestines, and they're just waiting to take advantage of any digestive upset. It is rarely the initial cause of the diarrhea, but once diarrhea starts, the coccidia will overgrow to large numbers to keep the diarrhea going. Coccidia are a major issue for puppies under 8 weeks old and can even kill them.
Puppies are born with a sterile gut, and their mother seeds their gut with good bacteria during cleaning and care. However, puppies can also get coccidia from their moms, so the goal is to keep the puppy's exposure to a minimum number. There are a variety of products you can use for both treatment and prevention, but prevention is most important for consistently healthy puppies.
Cocci Guard is an easy way to prevent coccidia - simply add it to your puppy's food. The mother should also be fed puppy food with Cocci Guard when you bring her to the whelping area 2 weeks before birth. This decreases the number of coccidia the mother can give to the puppies. When we wean the puppies onto Cocci Guard, it controls the issue until we move them to their new home.
Amprolium (Corid or Cocci-Rid) can also be used as coccidia prevention. The flavor is terrible, so some people add raspberry or strawberry flavoring to try and help the taste, but no flavor works well. For small breeds, do not mix it with water, because they tend to get dehydrated from not drinking. The preferred way to use Amprolium is to drench the puppy daily - you know the dose is in and they will also drink adequate water.
Marquis is used to both prevent and treat coccidia. It works well and the once-a-week dose is easy to use. Marquis (ponazuril) will cause dry eye, so use caution in puppies under 6 weeks old - eye ulcers may develop in breeds prone to dry eye. Marquis lasts 7 days, and when it's given before shipment, it's very effective in stopping coccidia from overwhelming the puppy as they adjust to their new home.
Sulfa drugs have long been used to treat coccidia and they're still effective prevention. However, Albon has seen some resistance from years of use. The best way to monitor resistance is to track the complaints post sale and switch your preventative before issues arise. You can switch back to Albon after 6 months or a year of using another preventative. Sulfa-Trimeth is related to Albon and has been used the last few years with excellent efficacy.
Baycox by Bayer is a product I am often asked about. The bad news is that this drug is not available in the United States yet, but it is available in some other countries by prescription. The active ingredient, Toltrazuril is active inside the cell where coccidia reproduce. This means Baycox kills coccidia, while most treatments just prevent coccidia from reproducing. A study on puppies showed it to be very effective for eliminating coccidia from the puppy. Off label use for kittens in Germany showed no adverse effects, and it's also effective against Toxoplasmosis. Both treatment results are exciting and I hope we see this product legally in the US soon.
Coccidia are always present in the dog, but if you can prevent them from becoming an issue, you may never need to treat coccidia again!
Coccidia and Giaradia are both common puppy diseases, puppies carry both in their system and when stressed can sometimes develop the disease. It doesn't happen very often I have bred peekapoos for 17 years 3 times that I am aware of puppies broke with coccidia (which they can also get from birds, or drinking from puddles outside which could be contaminated from bird feces) in the three instances the vet noticed during the puppies first vet visit when they examined the feces under the mircroscope. Coccidia and Girardia both cause diarrhea. I just had my first case of girardia which is common in people too, they call it travelers diarrhea. Both of these diseases are easily treated with medication, they can be serious if not treated. For coccidia the treatment is albon for giaradia the treatment is Metronidazole.
Deafness is not a pekingese problem or a poodle problem but I felt obligated to list it because i did have a puppy that was deaf. We have no idea why, the vet didn't know either, the dog didn't have any ear infections it was just born that way. Usually deafness occurs in pure white breeds very common in English Bulldogs, white boxers, etc... even white cats; the puppy that I had was a phantom color so we have no clue why he was deaf, none of the other puppies from those parents ever had a problem and this is one puppy out of the hundreds I have had. The puppy owners didn't mind at all was actually happy because he never barked