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Health Inquiry

The summary of the health inquiry of
portuguese podengos in Finland 2007

Health inquiry results 2003 | Health inquiry results 2007

The health inquiry was made in Finland at the spring of 2007 by the Portuguese Podengo association of Finland.

SMALL SMOOTH HAIRED

37 small smooth haired podengos replied to inquiry.
Sample represents 10,1% of registered small smooth haired podengoes (365 podengos by the end of year 2006).

Background information
males: 13
bitches: 24
under 1 year old: 6
1-3 years old: 19
4-8 years old: 11
9-12 years old: 1

Eyes
- Conjunctivitis 2
- Discharging of eyes 2
- Running eyes 2
- Lack of pigmentation 1

Teeth
- Under or over shot 4
- Missing teeth 4
- Milk teeth removed 14

Musculoskeletal system
- Back or neck pains 1 (because of accident)
- Limping 4 (because of accident)
- Legg-Perthes 2

Internal organs
- Renal failure 1

Skin and coat
- Skin problems or itching 11
- Suspicion of allergy 1
- Atopy suspected, test results unclear 1
- Fat lumps 1
- Dandruff 1

Other diseases
- Neurological disease 1

Genital and urinal organs
- Incontinence 1
- Problems with anal glands 3
- Urolithiasis 1
- Testicle problems 1
- Problems with house training 9

False pregnancies (bitches)
- Disturbing behavior 3
- Nurses and guards imaginary puppies 1
- Nurses imaginary puppies 2
- Wanders restlessly during nights, eats scantly 1

Behavior and character
- Shy 6
- Aggressive towards dogs and humans 6
- Overlively 4
- Destroys home or is noisy while alone 7

Approval for using inquiry results for the DNA-studygroup of the University of Helsinki were given by 25 out of 27.
For the approval the name of dog and the registry number had to be given.

Small smooth haired podengos results were summarized by Kari Katainen

SMALL WIRE HAIRED

48 small wire haired podengos replied to inquiry.
Sample represents 28,7% of registered small wire haired podengoes (167 podengos by the end of year 2006).

Background information
males: 25
bitches: 23
under 1 year old: 7
1-3 years old: 20
4-8 years old: 14
9-12 years old: 2
Over 12 years old: 5

Eyes
- Old age cataract 1
Owners comments:
- Eyes run easily
- Brownish eyebrows
- Lacrimal ducts clotted
- One eye infection
- Official eye examination revealed single strand in the iris and is considered as birthmark.
- Official eye examination revealed Membrana Pupilaris persistensis (open to various interpretations). In doctors opinion neglible, dog has healthy eyes.
- Operated eyelash that grows to wrong direction, did not renew.

Teeth
- Upper or lower shot 7
- Missing teeth 6
Owners comments:
- Tartar removed once in year.
- Not considered as problem but permanent teeth had to be removed because of tartar. Brushing teeth does not help and 15 year old dog gets the tartar back in one month. Periods between cleaning are extended because sedation is always burdensome to dog.
- Permanent upper canine teeth removed because of bad posture.
- Last molar tooth from lower jaw came loose.
- Dog is missing 2 premolar teeth and 1 incisor.
- Dog is missing 5 premolar teeth.
- Dog is missing 4 premolar teeth.
- Dog is missing 1 incisor from upper jaw.

Musculoskeletal system
- Knee or knees operated 2
- Ligament operated 1
- Operated broken anterior cruciate ligament 1
Owners comments:
- Knees are fine but does a little jump now and then with right back leg.
- Knee operated but does still have symptoms.
- Corrects luxating patella occasionally while moving, knees tested 0/1.
- Hock joint injury, straight anglation. Reposition of medial patella luxation on both knees. Groove in the patella has been widened, patellar ligament has been operated.

Internal organs
- Renal failure 2
- Chronical cough 1
- Old age heart problems 2
- Hypothyreoidism 1
- Enlargement of spleen at old age, operated 1
Owners comments:
- Longer time between meals will cause heartburns and stomach pains.
- Kidney diet because of kidney disease. The disease also causes high blood pressure.
- Chews back feet in the evenings.

Skin and coat, allergies
- Skin problems or itching 11
Owners comments:
- Skin dries occasionally, also some dandruff.
- Itching paws and toe interstices, very dry and cloven soles.
- Special diet because of itching
- Wheat, beef and pork allergies - never tested and avoiding those foods.
- Found allergy to pollen of hay. Drops hair, skin problems. After hyposensitization problems solved.
- Avoiding wheat and beef because easily allergising nature. Not direct problems with those substances.
- Allergy to Candur-vaccine. Muzzle swelled and dog had to be put to intravenous drip after vaccination.
- Dog became allergic to Pedigree Dentastix-tooth cleaning sticks and scratched its neck until the neck bled. Problem wasn't solved until the dog had its uterus removed.
- Allergy tests did not reveal the reason, noticed self that the reason was Dentastix. Dog is healthy now.
- No beef just in case
- Dog is 5 months old and scratces itself a lot.
- No beef because of itching when dog was puppy.

Genital and urinal organs
- Prostate problems 1
- Sterility suspicion 1
- Two bitches haven't bred any puppies after impregnation 2
Owners comments:
- Marks now and then while indoors (male).
- House training problems randomly after puppy age.
- Male marks indoors while bitches are in heat.

Giving births
- Caesarean sections 3

False pregnancies (bitches)
- False pregnancies 5
Owners comments:
- False pregnancies are not intense but clearly discern. Charater changes to more reserved and introverted.
- Dog is depressed and apathetic, loses appetite.
- Dog is more aggressive than normally during the false pregnancy.

Behavior and character
- Shy 7
- Aggressive towards dogs or humans 5
- Overlively 3
- Destroys home or is noisy while alone 1
Owners comments:
- Pulls terribly on leash, occasionally barks to everything.
- Afraid of dark, jumpy.
- Reacts rashly towards everything.
- Bit shy and timid, should be more social towards strangers.
- Shy during dog shows. Allows examination but performs scaredly. Acts normally at home.
- Overlively during walks, acts normally at home.
- Shy outside home, otherwise brisk and happy.
- Dog is of open, brisk and confident nature. Occasionally challenges and tries to subjugate other males.
- Dogs guard intensively while alone. In my opinion that is part of the nature of podengo.
- Guards its territory too much.

Other things:
- Cushing syndrome with late podengo.
- Licking. Throat, mouth and ears were examined and no problems was found. Veterinary thought that it is just a habit and licks when it is bored.

Approval for using inquiry results for the DNA-studygroup of the University of Helsinki were given by 27 out of 48.
For the approval the name of dog and the registry number had to be given.

Small wire haired podengos results were summarized by Tuija Hynynen.

MEDIUM WIRE HAIRED

14 medium wire haired podengos replied to inquiry.
Sample represents 50,0% of registered medium wire haired podengoes (28 podengos by the end of year 2006).

Background information:
males: 9
bitches: 5
1-3 years old: 8
4-8 years old: 5
9-12 years old: 1

Eyes
- Infections 5

Teeth
- Upper or lower shot 1
- Missing teeth 2

Ears
- Infection, just once 4

Paws
- Frost bites 1
- Spur toe fracture 1

Skin and coat
- Skin problems or itching 2

Genitals
- Urolithiasis 1
- Cryptorchidism 1

House training
- Problems after the puppy age 3

Heat
- Time between heats 6 to 8 months
- False pregnancies 5

Giving births
- normal 5

Behavior and character
- Reserved 2
- Overfriendly 1

Other things
- Kennel cough 2

Approval for using inquiry results for the DNA-studygroup of the University of Helsinki were given by 11 out of 14.
For the approval the name of dog and the registry number had to be given.

Medium wire haired podengos results were summarized by Martti Väätäinen.
Special thans to Jari Martiskainen for translations


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