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


My Complete Health Care Program for your Silky Terrier

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

Silky Terrier Health Care & Feeding

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Quick list of Silky Terrier health problems

Eye diseases are the major worry in Silky Terriers, especially a severe form of cataracts that often leads to blindness.

Silky Terriers can have loose knee joints (luxating patella), which causes pain and lameness and often requires expensive surgery. A serious degenerative hip disease (Legg-Calve-Perthes) also occurs in Silkys.

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

Silky Terriers are prone to dental disase. Also be aware of epilepsy, diabetes, liver shunt, and collapsing trachea.

(See more health problems below.)


Preventing health problems

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


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


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


Information on spaying your Silky 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 Silky 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.


Complete list of Silky Terrier health problems

The Silky Terrier Club conducted a health survey that included 985 dogs. According to this survey, the most common (serious) health problem in Silky Terriers is cataracts, a severe enough form that they can lead to blindness.

Other eye diseases in Silkys are progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and glaucoma.

Keep an eye out for tumors in Silky Terriers, especially breast tumors.

Allergies (which cause itchy skin and can leading to pyoderma) are common in all terriers.

Hormonal/endocrine system diseases include hypothyroidism, Cushing's disease, Addison's disease, and diabetes.

The most common orthopedic disease in the Silky Terrier is luxating patella (loose knees), then Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, and occasionally hip dysplasia.

Neurological diseases include epilepsy (seizures), and occasionally white shaker dog syndrome.

Other health issues to be concerned about in Silkys are liver shunt and collapsing trachea.

Silky Terriers are prone to dental disease and harmless episodes of reverse sneezing.


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