Most common health problems in Wire and Smooth Fox Terriers, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your Fox Terrier

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Fox 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 Fox 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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Quick list of Fox Terrier health problems

Chronic allergies, which cause itchy skin and often lead to skin infections, are common in all of the terrier breeds.

Lens luxation, glaucoma, and cataracts are the eye diseases causing the most concern in Fox Terriers. Cataracts can appear before 3 years old and progress to blindness. Numerous Fox Terriers are blind.

Fox Terriers are at higher-than-average risk for heart disease (pulmonic stenosis), epilepsy, bladder stones, and bladder cancer.

Hip dysplasia and luxating patella (loose knee joints) cause pain and lameness and may require expensive surgery.

Wire Fox Terriers are at high risk for a devastating neurological disease called degenerative myelopathy, which leads to paralysis.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Fox Terrier have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases, luxating patella, and heart disease, your Fox 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 Fox Terrier, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Fox 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 Smooth or Wire Fox 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 Fox Terrier lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


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


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


Information on spaying your Fox 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 Fox 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 Fox Terrier health problems

Allergies (which cause itchy skin and often lead to bacterial infections) are very common in all of the terrier breeds.

Hip dysplasia occurs in Fox Terriers. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 400 Smooth Fox Terriers and found 12% dysplastic, which is very high for a small breed. We don't know what the stats are for Wire Fox Terriers because apparently their breeders aren't bothering to test for it.

Luxating patella (loose knee joints) also occurs in Fox Terriers. Also a serious degenerative hip disease called Legg-Calve-Perthes disease.

Lens luxation, glaucoma, and cataracts are the eye diseases causing the most concern in Fox Terriers. Cataracts can appear before 3 years old and often progress to blindness. Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) has been reported.

Heart disease (especially pulmonic stenosis) is becoming a concern in Fox Terriers.

Fox Terriers are at higher-than-normal risk for epilepsy, bladder stones, and bladder cancer.

Fox Terriers with a lot of white on their head are at higher-than-normal risk for inherited deafness.

Wire Fox Terriers are at high risk for a devastating neurological disease called degenerative myelopathy, which leads to paralysis.

Less common health issues include thyroid disease, myasthenia gravis, megaesophagus, and cerebellar ataxia.


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