Norfolk Terrier Health Problems and Raising a Norfolk Terrier Puppy to be Healthy
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014
The most common health problems in Norfolk Terriers:
Allergies are a problem in all terrier breeds, including Norfolks. Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).
Cataracts can appear in middle age in the Norfolk Terrier, and usually progress to blindness. Glaucoma is another eye disease of concern in Norfolks.
Heart disease (mitral valve disease) is a serious concern in this breed.
Orthopedic diseases include luxating patella (loose knees), and also hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 146 Norfolks and found 31% dysplastic – the 16th worst rate of 142 breeds. Among small breeds, only the Pug has a worse rate. And the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. Compare to the Australian Terrier's hip dysplasia rate of only 2%.
Intervertebral disk disease occurs occasionally in the Norfolk Terrier.
Other health issues reported in Norfolk Terriers include collapsing trachea, urinary stones, hypothyroidism, and liver shunt.
A rare inherited skin disease called ichthyosis has been reported in Norfolks. Symptoms include dark, dandruffy, smelly skin, and tiny blisters on the ears or footpads. A simple DNA test can disclose whether your Norfolk has inherited the gene for this disease.
Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Norfolk Terrier?
Yes, often you can.
- Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Norfolk Terriers today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Norfolk 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 Norfolk Terrier puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.
Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Norfolk Terrier puppy or adult dog:
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