Finding a puppy like a Maltipoo puppy is not easy. One of the things that you have to make sure before bringing one home is that the puppy is healthy. When you meet the breeder, they may tell you that the Maltipoo puppy that you are interested in is healthy. However, breeders are sellers. They will try their best to make their products sell out and their honesty is sometimes questionable.
As it is possible for the breeder to not tell the exact health of your Maltipoo puppy that you are interested in taking it home, you are the one that should check its health. Inspect it for signs of illness, even if there is a written health guarantee. If you have no idea what to do, below are some of the most recommended ones. You can also follow the following tips if you already have a Maltipoo puppy at home and want to make sure that it is healthy.
- Check the coat of the Maltipoo puppy
The coat of Maltipoo puppy should be clean. It should not dry or brittle. Aside from that, it also has to be free of dried skin, dandruff and without excess oil. The Maltipoo puppy is on a 8-week, its hair is still considered a puppy coat. It is shorter and finer compared to the adult Maltipoos. If you find out that the coat of the puppy is not as full as its parents, stay calm as it is normal. However, it does not mean that bald patches or hair loss does not matter. Please see your vet as soon as possible if you see bumps on the skin with flecks, open sores, and or dried scaly flakes around the eyes of the puppy.
- Check the eyes of the Maltipoo puppy
The eyes of a Maltipoo puppy should be clear, bright, and shiny. The white part should be white and not tinted with yellow or bloodshot with red. If you see dull eyes, discharge, or color in the white part of the puppy’s eye, take your puppy to a vet as soon as possible.
- Check the ears of the Maltipoo puppy
Try to get a look into the canal as reaching the ear flap is not enough. To be able to have a good look inside, you can try to hold the ears back of the puppy. There may be something wrong with the puppy if you smell a bad odor coming from its ears. You can also assume that the puppy is not healthy if you see drainage, black specks, or waxy looking.
- Check the nose of the Maltipoo puppy
The nose of the Maltipoo puppy can be cool and moist or warm and dry. Everything depends on the activity, temperature, humidity, and state of hydration. If you see a warm, dry nose, do not freak out as it does not always mean the puppy has a fever or is ill.
If you see a green mucous discharge, it means the puppy is infected by bacterial or fungus infection. If you see clear discharge, it is possible for the puppy to have allergies. Allergies can affect the puppy due to the environment or food. In case you are confident that your environment is good and healthy and the puppy gets healthy foods, the disease may develop into your laundry detergent. Not only that, there are some other possible elements. Just visit a vet to make sure everything is well.
- Check the mouth of the Maltipoo puppy
To check the mouth area, open the mouth of the Maltipoo puppy and check its teeth. Remember that the healthy one has pink gums and white teeth. Besides, there should be no bad breath issues. However, the smell from the puppy food is fine. In addition, you should also check how it bites and if its teeth match up together. Talking about biting, the puppy should have a scissors bite as it is the cross between Maltese and Poodle that also have a scissors bite. If it has undershot or overshot bite, there is a chance of it to be an issue when it matures.
- Check the rectal area of the Maltipoo puppy
The rectal area of the Maltipoo puppy should be smooth. Besides, make sure that it has no loss of hair. As for the color, it should be either pink or black. If you find worms in this area, tell it to the breeder or call a vet. This kind of thing usually needs three days to be fixed. Apparently, worms are associated with fleas and will hatch out in another two weeks. A puppy with worms in the rectal area is the sign that there is something wrong with it.
- Check the feces of the Maltipoo puppy
The feces of the Maltipoo puppy should be firm and not runny. Try to look closer if there is any worm. The existence of the worms or runny feces is the sign that the puppy is not healthy.
- Check the breathing of the Maltipoo puppy
In order to check the breathing of the Maltipoo puppy, all that you have to do is to hold the puppy and then listen to its chest. If you hear rasping or wheezing, there may be something wrong with your puppy.
- Check the sleeping habit of the Maltipoo puppy
While it has been known that all the puppies, including Maltipoo puppies sleep a lot, at 8 weeks old, they should walk up and be responsive to you. if the puppy acts very weak, there is a chance that it is not acting and there is something wrong with it.
- Check the way the Maltipoo puppy walks
The way the Maltipoo puppy walks should be normal without any issues. If it is limping or there is any sign of pain or indication that it is dizzy as it walks wobbly, check what happens with it to a vet.