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Sensible advice for raising your Sealyham Terrier puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Sealyham Terriers, the best dog food diet for feeding Sealyham Terrier puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Sealyham Terrier dog breed

Sealyham Terrier Health Problems and Raising a Sealyham Terrier Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Sealyham Terriers:

The most serious health problems in Sealyham Terriers are eye diseases, especially lens luxation (leading to secondary glaucoma) and retinal dysplasia. Other eye diseases that have been reported include dry eye, cataracts, and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).

Inherited deafness is a real concern in Sealys.

Allergies (which cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections called pyoderma) are common in all terriers.

Orthopedic diseases should be expected because of the breed's deformed chondrodysplastic build. The most common orthopedic diseases are luxating patella (loose knees), intervertebral disk disease, and hip dysplasia.

This is a very uncommon breed, so it's hard to get a true handle on the extrent of health problems, but with the small gene pool, it's likely that other diseases will become genetically embedded over time.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Sealyham Terrier?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Sealyham Terriers today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Sealyham Terrier puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. 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 Sealyham Terrier puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Sealyham Terrier puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz 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.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Sealyham Terrier lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Sealyham Terrier
The best diet for feeding your Sealyham Terrier is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Sealyham Terrier. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Sealyham Terrier
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


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


Information on choosing the best vet for your Sealyham 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.


Information on spaying your Sealyham Terrier. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Sealyham Terrier.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.