Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Airedale Terrier puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Airedales, the best dog food diet for feeding Airedale Terrier puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.

11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Airedale Terrier dog breed

Airedale Terrier Health Problems and Raising an Airedale Terrier Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2016

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Airedales:

The Airedale Club of America conducted a health survey that included 519 Airedales. About HALF were reported with skin conditions, including allergies, pyoderma, seborrhea, follicular dysplasia, and lick granuloma. About 40% were reported with non-tumorous growths (sebaceous cysts, papillomas, lipomas). So skin is a central area of potential health problems in Airedales.

More ominously, 26% of the Airedales in the club survey were reported with malignant tumors and cancers, especially mammary cancer, skin cancers, and lymphoma. Cancer is the #1 cause of death in Airedales (but that's true of many, perhaps even most, other breeds, as well).

The most common orthopedic diseases in Airedales are hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 4700 Airedales and found 12% dysplastic. In addition, 12% of 139 elbow X-rays were declared dysplastic. Both of these rates are considerably higher than they should be.

Other orthopedic health issues in Airedales include Wobbler's syndrome, cruciate ligament rupture, panosteitis, osteochondritis, and luxating patella.

The most common (serious) eye disease in Airedales is cataracts (8% reported in the club survey). Other eye diseases reported were glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), retinal dysplasia, entropion, eyelash abnormalities, and corneal dystrophy (a particularly severe form in Airedales).

Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Airedale Terrier?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Airedales today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find an Airedale Terrier puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Airedale Terrier puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Airedale Terrier puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.

Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Airedale lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.

Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Airedale Terrier
The best diet for feeding your Airedale is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.

Natural dog foods for your Airedale Terrier. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Airedale Terrier
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.

Information on booster shots for your Airedale Terrier. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Airedale Terrier puppy really need? Does your adult Airedale Terrier need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.

Information on choosing the best vet for your Airedale Terrier. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.

Information on spaying your Airedale Terrier. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Airedale Terrier.

Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.

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