Health and medical information found on this site are not intended as a substitute for your veterinarian's qualified advice.
Our Code of Ethics (COE) Breeders are committed to raising a healthier, happier and correctly structured Coton. We are constantly interacting and working with each other as we strive to learn more to improve the breed. We highly recommend that before breeding, each breeder do health testing on your dog. Our mimimal recommendations are patella checks, cardiac checks, hip & elbow checks and cerfs. There are many other tests appropriate for the Coton. If you find that you have a health problem with your coton that needs researching, please contact our Health Committee. We are here to help our members and will assist you in any way we can.
The Orthopedic Foundaton for Animals maintains a website with public records. Buyers can check out potential puppy health testing parentage on this site: OFA.
Cardiac problems in our canine friends is always scary. Some are serious and others can be outgrown, such as heart murmurs. Some dogs have cardiac conditions, just like humans, that can be controlled with medication. Early diagnosis and treatment is important.
IVDD is a condition where the cushioning discs between the vertebrae of the spinal column either bulge or burst (herniate) into the spinal cord space. These discs then press on the nerves running through the spinal cord causing pain, nerve damage, and even paralysis.