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


My Complete Health Care Program for your Skye Terrier

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

Skye Terrier Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Quick list of Skye Terrier health problems

Cancers are the #1 and #2 causes of death in Skye Terriers. Specifically, breast cancer and spleen cancer (hemangiosarcoma).

The #3 cause of death is autoimmune disease, which means the immune system attacks its own body. In Skye Terriers, autoimmune diseases are usually blood-clotting diseases or thyroid disease.

Skye Terriers are deliberately bred with a deformity called chondrodysplasia (short legs, long back). So it isn't surprising that intervertebral disk disease affects about 10% of the breed and is responsible for a number of deaths. Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and luxating patella (loose knee joints) also occur in Skyes.

Skye puppies and adolescents often limp. This might be due to panosteitis (a mild orthopedic condition), or the premature closure of growth plates in their front legs (a mild to severe condition), or occasionally hypertrophic osteodystrophy (a very severe condition). Skye Terriers should not be allowed to go up or down steps or jump onto hard surfaces until they are at least nine months old and their growth plates have properly closed. Until this time, provide them with a ramp.

Chronic allergies (which cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial infections) are common in all terrier breeds.

Colitis can cause chronic diarrhea in Skye Terriers. Other health concerns are copper toxicosis (liver disease) and renal dysplasia (kidney disease).


Preventing health problems

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

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Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Skye Terrier
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Information on booster shots for your Skye Terrier. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Skye Terrier puppy really need? Does your adult Skye Terrier need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed! Find out what some vets aren't telling you.


Information on spaying your Skye 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 Skye 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
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