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


My Complete Health Care Program for your Border Terrier

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Border 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 Border 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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Border Terrier Health Care & Feeding

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Quick list of Border Terrier health problems

Chronic allergies (causing terribly itchy skin) are common in all terrier breeds. Skin growths and tumors occur regularly in Borders.

The major eye diseases include cataracts, lens luxation, and retinal dysplasia, which can cause blindness.

Heart diseases and epilepsy are serious concerns in Border Terriers.

Orthopedically speaking, luxating patella (loose knee joints that cause pain and lameness) is the one that occurs most often.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Border Terrier have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases, heart diseases, and luxating patella, your Border 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 Border Terrier, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Border 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 Border Terrier puppy or adult dog:

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


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Border Terrier
Food is the #1 foundation for good health. The best diet for feeding your dog is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, fish....these are not just "people foods" and I'll tell you why.


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


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


Information on spaying your Border 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 Border 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.


Assisi Loop Assisi Loop Review: How I Helped Treat Inflammation and Pain
Does your dog suffer from arthritis, hip dysplasia, disk disease, colitis, a skin wound? My honest review of a veterinary device you can use at home to help reduce inflammation and pain.


Complete list of Border Terrier health problems

Orthopedic problems (luxating patella, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia) occur in Border Terriers, but only at low to moderate rates. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of over 3100 Border Terriers and found 4% dysplastic. Of 500 elbow X-rays, 3% were dysplastic. The more serious Legg-Calve-Perthes disease has also been reported in Border Terriers.

Allergies (which cause itchy skin and can lead to pyoderma) are very common in all terrier breeds. Tumors (specifically, mast cell tumors) occur regularly in Border Terriers.

Eye diseases in Border Terriers include cataracts (appearing at 3-4 years old), lens luxation, and retinal dysplasia. Occasionally reported is progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) at 5-7 years old.

Serious diseases of increasing concern in Border Terriers are heart disease (septal defect and subaortic stenosis) and epilepsy.

A rare bone disease that can occur in Border Terriers is craniomandibular osteopathy.


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