Rat Terrier Health Problems and Raising a Rat Terrier Puppy to be Healthy
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014
The most common health problems in Rat Terriers:
The Rat Terrier Club conducted a health survey of all sizes of Rat Terriers: Toy (under 10 lbs), Miniature (10-18 lbs), and Standard (18-28 lbs). They report that the most common health problem in Rat Terriers is allergies, which cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).
Another common skin disease, especially in Toy and Miniature Rat Terriers, is demodectic mange, which strikes Rat Terrier puppies and adolescents.
A third skin disease is color dilution alopecia, which can appear in blue or fawn Rat Terriers.
Epilepsy and heart disease are becoming concerns in Rat Terriers.
Orthopedic diseases in Rat Terriers include elbow dysplasia (7% rate), luxating patella (4% rate), hip dysplasia (3% rate), and occasionally Legg-Calve-Perthes disease.
Eye diseases are not common, but include progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and entropion.
Hypothyroidism occurs in Rat Terriers, and hernias are fairly common in Toys and Miniatures.
Rat Terriers have large teeth that sometimes don't fit properly in their mouth, leaving them vulnerable to dental disease.
Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Rat Terrier?
Yes, often you can.
- Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Rat Terriers today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Rat 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 Rat Terrier puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.
Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Rat Terrier puppy or adult dog:
How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.
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.
The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Rat Terrier
The best diet for feeding your Rat Terrier is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.
The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Rat Terrier
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.
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 many vets aren't telling you.
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.
Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Rat Terrier.
Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.
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