Most common health problems in Australian Terriers, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your Australian Terrier

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Australian Terrier, you'll find my health care program very valuable.

It's called "11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy."

Raise your dog the RIGHT way, feed him the RIGHT food, give him the RIGHT vaccinations, avoid unnecessary veterinary expenses, and help him live a longer, happier, and more comfortable life.

If your Australian Terrier already HAS a health problem, I'm sorry to hear that. You should immediately begin my health care program, and you may be able to restore his good health – or at least make him much more comfortable. Let me help!

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Australian Terrier Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Quick list of Australian Terrier health problems

Australian Terriers are most prone to itchy allergies and luxating patella (loose knee joints that cause pain and lameness and can require expensive surgery).

Other diseases to watch out for are hereditary cataracts, epilepsy, diabetes, and thyroid disease.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Australian Terrier have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases, luxating patella, and thyroid disease, your Australian Terrier has less risk of developing those conditions.

Other health problems can be prevented, or partially prevented, by the ways you raise your dog. If you're serious about doing everything you can for your Australian Terrier, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Australian Terrier puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways. It will help you be your dog's health care champion!


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

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Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Australian Terrier
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If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Australian Terrier. 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 some vets aren't telling you.


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


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


Information on choosing the best vet for your Australian 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.


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Complete list of Australian Terrier health problems

The two leading health problems in Australian Terriers are chronic itchy allergies, and luxating patella (loose knee joints that can require expensive surgery). The Orthopedic Foundation of America reports that Australian Terriers have the 3rd highest rate of luxating patella of all breeds – an awful 19% rate. One in every five Aussies.

The Australian Terrier Club reports that diabetes affects about 10% of Australian Terriers. Tumors and cancers (7%). Cataracts (5%). Epilepsy (4%). 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 pretty low of 3.5% rate. Compare that with Norfolk Terriers, who have a horrible 35% dysplasia rate!


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