Australian Terrier Health Problems and Raising an Australian Terrier Puppy to be Healthy
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013
The most common health problems in Australian Terriers:
The Australian Terrier Club conducted a health survey in which the most common health problem was allergies, which cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). 15% of Aussies in the survey were affected by allergies and skin problems.
But it's the second most common problem that is more serious – diabetes was reported in 10% of Aussies.
Next was luxating patella (loose knees), with 9% reported in the club survey.
Tumors and cancers (7%) were next, followed by cataracts (5%), epilepsy (4%), hypothyroidism (3%), and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease (1%).
Other eye diseases (progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and retinal dysplasia) occur in Australian Terriers, but are not common.
Hip dysplasia occurs in Australian Terriers, but at a very low 2% rate. Compare that with Norfolk Terriers, who have a horrible 30% dysplasia rate.
Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Australian Terrier?
Yes, often you can.
- Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Australian Terriers today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find an Australian Terrier puppy who is genetically healthy.
- 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 Australian Terrier puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.
Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Australian Terrier puppy or adult dog:
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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.
Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Australian Terrier lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.
The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Australian Terrier
The best diet for feeding your Australian Terrier is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.
The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Australian Terrier
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.
Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Australian Terrier puppy really need? Does your adult Australian Terrier need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.
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.
Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Australian Terrier.
Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.
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