Manchester Terrier Health Problems and Raising a Manchester Terrier Puppy to be Healthy
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2015
The most common health problems in Manchester Terriers:
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, 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 disease. Luxating patella (loose knees) and hip dysplasia can also occur.
Heart disease (especially cardiomyopathy) is becoming a concern in the breed.
Epilepsy (seizures) is another concern in Manchester Terriers.
Hypothyroidism occurs in Manchesters. 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).
Urinary stones also occur in Manchester Terriers.
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.
Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Manchester Terrier?
Yes, often you can.
- Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Manchester Terriers today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Manchester 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 Manchester Terrier puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.
Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Manchester Terrier puppy or adult dog:
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