Maltese Dog Breed Overview
Maltese Health Overview
Maltese dogs are considered a hearty and healthy breed with an average lifespan between 12 to 15 years. However, just like most purebred toy dogs, Maltese are susceptible to some expensive health issues. Here is a list of health problems to keep an eye on and the average cost for treatment.
- Luxating Patella – $1,500 to $3,000
- Portosystemic Shunt – $2,000 to $6,000
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus – $2,500 to $5,000
- Cryptorchidism – $200 to $500
- Glaucoma – $2,000 to $3,000
- Necrotizing Meningoencephalitis – $1,500 to $4,000
- Hip Dysplasia – $4,000 to $6,000
- Canine Cancer – $5,000 to $20,000
- Bladder Stones – Varies
How Can You Protect Your Maltese Dog?
The best way to protect your Maltese against unexpected health issues like cancer or liver shunt is to enroll in a pet health insurance plan while your pup is young and healthy. Pet Insurance covers expenses related to accidents and illnesses and can be a real lifesaver if your Maltese gets sick or injured.
How Much Does Pet Insurance Cost?
Pet insurance company’s rate based on your breed, age of your dog and where you live. In other words, the more expensive it is in your zip code the more you will pay because veterinary costs will be more expensive.
It’s exactly the same way auto and home insurance companies rate customers and generate prices. Here are some samples across the country to give you an idea of how much it costs.
- Portland, Oregon – $33/month
- Austin, Texas – $36/month
- Albany, New York – $38/month