Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Glen of Imaal 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 Glen of Imaal Terriers, the best dog food diet for feeding Glen of Imaal 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

Glen of Imaal Terrier dog breed

Glen of Imaal Terrier Health Problems and Raising a Glen of Imaal Terrier Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

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 Glen of Imaal Terriers:

The most serious eye disease in dogs, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), can appear in the Glen of Imaal at 3-8 years old.

Hip dysplasia is unfortunately common in the breed. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 51 Glens and found 31% dysplastic. That's horrible, and the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. Elbow dysplasia is an equally dreadful 25%.

Allergies (which cause itchy skin and can lead to pyoderma) are a common problem in all terriers.

Heart disease (aortic stenosis) has been reported in the Glen of Imaal.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Glen of Imaal Terrier?

Yes, often you can.

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

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


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


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


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