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Sensible advice for raising your Bedlington 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 Bedlington Terriers, the best dog food diet for feeding Bedlington 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

Bedlington Terrier dog breed

Bedlington Terrier Health Problems and Raising a Bedlington Terrier Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014

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 Bedlington Terriers:

Eye diseases are the main things to watch for:

  • Retinal dysplasia can be the mild form (retinal folds) or the severe form (retinal detachment).
  • Cataracts can appear in puppyhood or later in life. They can be mild, or they can significantly affect vision, even to the point of blindness.
  • Eyelash abnormalities and tear duct disorders are common.
  • Entropion, glaucoma, and dry eye have all been reported in Bedlington Terriers.
  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) (late-onset, after 7 years old) can occur, but is not common.

Copper toxicosis is a serious inherited liver disease in which copper accumulates in the liver. About 25% of Bedlington Terriers are affected, while another 50% are carriers. Fortunately, a simple DNA test is available for copper toxicosis, so you can find out at any time whether your Bedlington Terrier has the disease, carries the disease, or is completely clear of it.

Allergies cause itchy skin and often lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). Ear infections can occur due to all the hair in the ear canal.

A serious inherited kidney disease in Bedlingtons is renal dysplasia.

Bedlington breeders seldom mention orthopedic diseases such as hip dysplasia and luxating patella (loose knees) and they seldom test for them, but these health problems definitely occur in the breed. The Orthopedic Foundation of America, evaluating the hip X-rays of 19 Bedlingtons, found 19% of them dysplastic. Knees were even worse – out of 20 knees evaluated, 30% of them were loose.


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

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Bedlington Terriers today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Bedlington 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 Bedlington Terrier puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Bedlington 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 Bedlington Terrier lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


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


Information on booster shots for your Bedlington Terrier. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Bedlington Terrier puppy really need? Does your adult Bedlington 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 Bedlington 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 Bedlington Terrier. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Bedlington Terrier.


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