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Hello. I have a young Chin named Jack. We are wondering what the long term health needs are for this breed, so we can decide what kind of insurance we need? TIA View attachment 254914
So cute! Japanese Chins share a set of genetic traits that can produce a higher incidence of certain diseases (very dependent on your pet's lifestyle, diet, etc.), namely:
  • Patellar luxation
  • Atlantoaxial subluxation
  • Early-onset heart murmurs
  • Cataract
  • Corneal ulceration related to prominent eyes
  • Dry eye
  • Persistent hyaloid arteriosis
  • Hypothyroidism
What the heck does all that mean? In summary, the research suggests your pet's long-term health can really benefit from extra support for their eyes, cardiovascular system, nervous system, and thyroid. Maintaining these systems (their most vulnerable ones) should help them maintain optimal health and avoid some pitfalls that lead to reduced quality of life. Hope that helps as a starter!
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