Most common health problems in Manchester Terriers (Standard and Toy), plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your Manchester Terrier

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Manchester Terrier dog breed

Standard and Toy Manchester Terrier Health Care & Feeding

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Quick list of Manchester Terrier health problems

The most significant eye diseases in Manchester Terriers are cataracts, lens luxation, glaucoma, and PRA, all of which can progress to blindness.

The most serious orthopedic disease is Legg-Calve-Perthes, a degenerative disease of the hip. Manchester Terriers are also susceptible to luxating patella (loose knee joints).

Thyroid disease occurs in Manchester Terriers. According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 16% of Manchester Terriers have low thyroid levels.

Skin problems range from demodectic mange to chronic allergies that cause terribly itchy skin.

Other "big" health issues problems include epilepsy, diabetes, urinary stones, and heart disease.

Toy Manchesters are prone to dental disease and can easily fracture one of their slender legs from leaping off furniture.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

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


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


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


Information on spaying your Manchester 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 Manchester 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 Manchester Terrier health problems

The Manchester Terrier Club conducted a health survey that included over 1300 dogs. They report that the most common cause of death in the breed is old age (at 14-17 years old – a long-lived breed!) and cancer (at about 12 years old).

von Willebrand's blood-clotting disease is common in Manchester Terriers. Fortunately, it's usually a mild form, and a simple DNA test is available so you can find out at any time whether your Manchester has von Willebrand's, carries it, or is completely clear of it. Thus far, test results show that about 5% of Manchesters are affected and another 35% are carriers.

The most serious orthopedic disease in Manchester Terriers is Legg-Calve-Perthes, a degenerative hip dysplasia that causes pain and lameness. Luxating patella (loose knees) and hip dysplasia can also occur.

Thyroid disease occurs in Manchester Terriers. According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 16% of Manchester Terriers have low thyroid levels.

The most common skin diseases are demodectic mange (which occurs frequently in Manchester Terrier puppies and adolescents) and allergies (which cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).

The most significant eye disease is cataracts, appearing at 3-7 years old and often progressing to blindness. Lens luxation (leading to secondary glaucoma) can occur in the breed, and also progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).

Other health issues include epilepsy, diabetes, urinary stones, and heart disease.

The Toy variety is prone to dental disease and harmless episodes of reverse sneezing.

Some Toy Manchesters have pattern baldness, a gradual thinning or loss of hair around their temples and ears, underneath their neck and abdomen, and on their thighs. It's not itchy and the skin and coat are otherwise normal. Since it's a cosmetic condition, there's no treatment required other than adding natural fatty-acid supplements that are good for the skin and coat.

Toy Manchester Terriers have slender legs that can be easily broken from jumping off furniture, or falling or leaping from your arms. Toy Manchester Terriers can choke on the tiniest object and it takes very little to overdose them with anything toxic. They can squeeze through the smallest crack of a door or fence and be gone. If you allow them to act foolishly aggressive toward larger dogs, their neck can be broken with a single grab. If you let them off-leash, their excitable chasing instincts may send them under the wheels of a car. You must keep toy-sized dogs under constant surveillance and leash/arm control. Too much can happen to these small creatures in the blink of an eye.


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