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Sensible advice for raising your Soft Coated Wheaten 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 Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, the best dog food diet for feeding Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


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Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Health Problems and Raising a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

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The most common health problems in Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers:

These four health problems are life-threatening:

  • A severe form of colitis (protein-losing enteropathy, or PLE), results in essential proteins being "lost" through the walls of the gastrointestinal tract. All Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers should be tested every year for PLE, because it's essential to diagnose and treat it early.
  • An inherited kidney disease (protein-losing nephropathy, or PLN) results in essential proteins being lost through the kidneys. All Wheatens should be tested every year for PLN.
  • A different kidney disease, renal dysplasia, can kill Wheaten Terriers at 6-12 months old. Fortunately, a simple DNA test is available for renal dysplasia. So you don't need to wait with bated breath for symptoms to appear. You can have your Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier puppy tested in your vet's office to find out whether he has inherited renal dyplasia or not.
  • Finally, a serious endocrine system disorder called Addison's disease occurs in Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers.

Allergies are not a life-threatening health problem, but they are a chronic nuisance that can make life miserable for your Wheaten and frustrating for you. Allergies cause terribly itchy skin and often lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). Ear infections are common due to profuse hair in the ear canals.

Tumorous growths (especially basal cell tumors and hair follicle tumors) are quite common in Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, as are non-tumorous growths.

The most serious eye diseases in Wheatens are progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), cataracts, and retinal dysplasia.

Orthopedic diseases include luxating patella (loose knees), hip dysplasia, and elbow dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 4900 Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers and found 4% dysplastic. That's not too bad, but elbows were worse – nearly 8% of 65 elbow X-rays were evaluated as dysplastic.

Other health issues in Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers include hypothyroidism, heart disease, and deafness inherited deafness.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier?

Yes, often you can.

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

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier puppy or adult dog:

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