Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Irish 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 Irish Terriers, the best dog food diet for feeding Irish 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

Irish Terrier dog breed

Irish Terrier Health Problems and Raising a Irish 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 Irish Terriers:

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

Cystinuria (an inherited kidney disease) has become a real concern in Irish Terriers.

Digital hyperkeratosis is an inherited disease in Irish Terriers, where the footpads become grossly thickened, dried out, and cracked/ulcerated. This condition is painful and usually persists for life. Softening the affected footpads with vitamin E, aloe vera, and other natural lubricants helps, though sometimes excess dead tissue must be surgically removed.

Eye diseases are not that common in Irish Terriers, but cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) have both been reported. Hypothyroidism occasionally occurs.

Most Irish Terrier breeders will assure you that orthopedic diseases such as hip dysplasia and luxating patella don't occur in their breed – even though these diseases occur in similar breeds with similar ancestry. However, since most Irish Terrier breeders aren't testing their dogs before breeding them, the true incidence of orthopedic (and other) diseases in Irish Terriers simply isn't known.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Irish Terrier?

Yes, often you can.

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

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


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


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


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