Most common health problems in Norwich Terriers, plus health care and feeding.


My Complete Health Care Program for your Norwich Terrier

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Norwich Terrier, you'll find my health care program very valuable.

It's called "11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy."

Raise your dog the RIGHT way, feed him the RIGHT food, give him the RIGHT vaccinations, avoid unnecessary veterinary expenses, and help him live a longer, happier, and more comfortable life.

If your Norwich Terrier already HAS a health problem, I'm sorry to hear that. You should immediately begin my health care program, and you may be able to restore his good health – or at least make him much more comfortable. Let me help!

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Norwich Terrier Health Care & Feeding

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Quick list of Norwich Terrier health problems

Chronic allergies cause itchy skin and scratching that can lead to bacterial skin infections (hot spots).

Epilepsy is a serious concern in the Norwich Terrier, and heart disease is occurring more frequently.

Cataracts appear in young Norwich Terriers and usually progress to blindness.

Joints can go bad in Norwich Terriers – hip joints and knee joints, both of which can require expensive surgery.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Norwich Terrier have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases, hip dysplasia, and luxating patella, your Norwich 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 Norwich Terrier, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Norwich 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 Norwich Terrier puppy or adult dog:

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Complete list of Norwich Terrier health problems

The Norwich Terrier Club conducted a health survey that included over 1000 dogs. They report that the typical Norwich male lives 11-12 years, while the typical Norwich female lives 12-13 years.

The most common health problem is allergies, which cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).

Epilepsy is a serious concern in the Norwich Terrier, and heart disease (mitral valve disease) is occurring more frequently.

Cataracts can appear at 6-30 months old and usually progress to blindness. Tear duct disorders occur regularly in the breed.

Norwich Terriers are quite prone to orthopedic diseases, especially luxating patella (loose knee joints) and hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 1100 Norwich Terriers and found 13% dysplastic. That's very high for a small dog, although his close cousin, the Norfolk Terrier, is far worse, with an appalling 35% rate of hip dysplasia.

Other health issues reported in Norwich Terriers include collapsing trachea, urinary stones, hypothyroidism, and liver shunt.

There is a rare inherited condition called Norwich Cramp that can resemble a mild seizure, but is actually caused by an abnormal build-up of lactic acid in the muscles. Supplementing with Vitamin E and selenium can reduce or eliminate these cramping spells.


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