Fox Terrier Health Problems and Raising a Fox Terrier Puppy to be Healthy
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2015
The most common health problems in Fox Terriers:
Allergies (which cause itchy skin and often lead to pyoderma) are very common in all of the terrier breeds.
Orthopedic diseases in Fox Terriers include Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, Wobbler's syndrome, luxating patella, luxating shoulder, and hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of over 200 SMOOTH Fox Terriers and found 9% dysplastic. That's high for a small dog, and the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. Breeders of WIREHAIRED Fox Terriers, unfortunately, aren't bothering to test their dogs, so we have no way of knowing how many of them have hip dysplasia, too.
Lens luxation and glaucoma are the eye diseases causing the most concern in Fox Terriers. Cataracts can appear before 3 years old and often progress to blindness. Eyelash abnormalities also occur, and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) has been reported.
Heart disease (especially pulmonic stenosis) is becoming a concern in Fox Terriers.
von Willebrand's blood-clotting disease and hypothyroidism occur in Fox Terriers.
Wirehaired Fox Terriers are at higher-than-normal risk for epilepsy and bladder cancer (transitional cell carcinoma).
Smooth Fox Terriers with a lot of white on their head are at higher-than-normal risk for inherited deafness.
Rare health issues include myasthenia gravis, megaesophagus, and cerebellar ataxia.
Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Fox Terrier?
Yes, often you can.
- Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Fox Terriers today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Fox 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 Fox Terrier puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.
Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Fox Terrier puppy or adult dog:
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