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


My Complete Health Care Program for your Rat Terrier

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Rat 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 Rat 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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Rat Terrier dog breed

Rat Terrier Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Quick list of Rat Terrier health problems

Chronic allergies cause itchy skin and scratching, which can lead to bacterial infections. Demodectic mange can occur in young Rat Terriers. Blue/gray colored Rat Terriers can have a hair loss disease called color dilution alopecia.

Epilepsy and heart disease are concerns in Rat Terriers. Eye diseases include progressive retinal atrophy and lens luxation.

Bad joints (knees and hips) cause lameness and pain and occur at a 3-4% rate in Rat Terriers. Bad knees are called luxating patella and bad hips are called hip dysplasia or Legg-Calve-Perthes disease.

Rat Terriers have large teeth that sometimes don't fit properly in their mouth, leaving them vulnerable to dental disease.

Hernias are fairly common in the Toy and Miniature sizes, and some Rat Terriers are born deaf.


Preventing health problems

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


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


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


Information on spaying your Rat 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 Rat 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.


To help you train and care for your dog

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book cover My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.