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Sensible advice for raising your Dandie Dinmont 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 Dandie Dinmont Terriers, the best dog food diet for feeding Dandie Dinmont Terrier puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.

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Dandie Dinmont Terrier dog breed

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Health Problems and Raising a Dandie Dinmont Terrier Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2016

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
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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 Dandie Dinmont Terriers:

Glaucoma tops the list. Other eye diseases in Dandies are cataracts and corneal ulcers.

Orthopedic diseases should be expected because of the breed's deformed chondrodysplastic build. The most common orthopedic diseases are intervertebral disk disease, hip dysplasia, and luxating patella (loose knees). Luxating shoulder can also occur. Though the Orthopedic Foundation of America has evaluated the hip X-rays of only 32 Dandie Dinmonts, 50% were dysplastic. This is very bad – and the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation.

Allergies (which cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections called pyoderma) are very common in all terriers.

Hormonal/endocrine system diseases in Dandie Dinmont Terriers include hypothyroidism and Cushing's disease.

The most worrisome cancer in the breed is lymphosarcoma.

Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Dandie Dinmont Terrier?

Yes, often you can.

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

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

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Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Dandie Dinmont Terrier
The best diet for feeding your Dandie Dinmont 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 Dandie Dinmont Terrier. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Dandie Dinmont Terrier
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Information on booster shots for your Dandie Dinmont Terrier. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
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Information on spaying your Dandie Dinmont Terrier. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Dandie Dinmont 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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