Three reasons why you should get pet insurance for Cockapoos
These Cocker Spaniel and Poodle mixes are incredibly loving and silly, kind of like the class clown! Don’t be fooled though, they are incredibly smart and easy to train, making them the perfect family pup. Oh, and they don't shed, which is great for your furniture or anyone sensitive to dog hair. But like all breeds and mixes, Cockapoos are prone to particular health issues, which is why you need pet insurance.
Here are three conditions that can affect Cockapoos.
Although Cockapoo’s ears are incredibly cute, they can also be the cause of some health issues. Because of their big, floppy ears, it means they are more likely to contract ear infections. These could lead to more serious problems if untreated, so it’s best to get the dog’s ears checked if they seem like they’re in pain. Ear cleaning is something you should do yourself but if you want professional help, it's often included in wellness plans. Worth it for the floppy-eared pups.
Much like their parents (Cocker Spaniels and Poodles), Cockapoos are also prone to having a luxating patella – or dislocating kneecap in plainer English. This happens when a dog's kneecap jolts out of place, causing damage and pain. Symptoms of this condition can begin in puppyhood and can slowly develop throughout adulthood. It can cost up to $2,500 to treat, plus extra for medication.
Another genetic health condition that’s sadly very common among Cockapoos is hip dysplasia. This deformity means that the joint doesn't connect properly and can lead to mobility issues as a dog gets older, including arthritis. It can be managed with surgery (approximately $3,000), as well as medication and physiotherapy depending on the severity of the condition. Cockapoos are incredibly active so it shouldn’t be too difficult to spot if they begin to limp or slow down (which is rare!).