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Common Diseases and Disorders

In general, the Lhasa Apso is a healthy dog with few medical concerns. However, the following diseases or disorders have been reported:

  • Urolithiasis is a condition affecting the urinary tract resulting in the formation of bladder stones.

  • Patellar luxation is a disorder affecting the kneecap.

  • Entropion is a problem with the eyelid that causes inward rolling. Lashes on the edge of the eyelid irritate the surface of the eyeball and may lead to more serious problems.

  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) is a disorder of the eye that results when tear production is decreased.

  • Renal Dysplasia is the abnormal development of the kidneys. Problems usually begin when the pet is less than one year of age and include lack of appetite, stunted growth or weight loss, lethargy, drinking and urinating an unusually large amount and vomiting.

  • Chronic valvular heart disease (VHD) is a condition characterized by degeneration and thickening of the heart valves.

  • Tracheal collapse is a weakening of the rings of the windpipe. This leads to irritation and coughing.

  • Atopy is an itchy skin disease of animals that is caused by an allergy to substances in the environment.

  • Food allergy affected pets develop skin allergies due to a variety of food
    ingredients.

  • Congenital hypotrichosis - is a congenital disease causing symmetrical hair loss.

  • Drug reactions to "glucocorticoids" may occur in some dogs.

  • Pyloric Stenosis - is a congenital hypertrophy of the pyloric muscle that causes vomiting and obstruction.

  • Perianal gland adenomas - are tumors that can occur of the anal glands.

  • Hydrocephalus a neurological disease in which there is excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid within the ventricular system of the brain.

  • Intervertebral disk disease (IVDD) is a disorder that affects the spinal disks resulting in pain, difficulty walking and possibly paralysis.


    In addition, the Lhasa apso is prone to cherry eye, allergic skin diseases and corneal ulcers.

    Life Span

    The life span of the Lhasa apso is around 15 years.


    We realize that each dog is unique and may display other characteristics. This profile provides generally accepted breed information only.








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