Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Tibetan 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 Tibetan Terriers, the best dog food diet for feeding Tibetan 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

Tibetan Terrier dog breed

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

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014

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 Tibetan Terriers:

Eye diseases are the major concern in Tibetan Terriers, especially lens luxation (leading to secondary glaucoma), progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and cataracts that appear before 12 months old and lead to blindness.

Another disease that causes loss of vision in Tibetan Terriers is lysosomal storage disease (specifically, neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis), which affects your dog's brain and nervous system, as well as his eyes.

Heart disease and inherited deafness are other real concerns in Tibetan Terriers.

According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, Tibetan Terriers have the 7th highest rate of hypothyroidism of 140 breeds (up to 30% affected).

Orthopedic diseases include luxating patella (very common), hip dysplasia, and elbow dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of nearly 3000 Tibetan Terriers and found 6% dysplastic. Similarly, 6% of 49 elbow X-rays were dysplastic.

Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).

Non-tumorous skin growths (sebaceous cysts and papillomas) are common in Tibetan Terriers, but are harmless.

Chronic ear infections can result from profuse hair in the ear canals.


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

Yes, often you can.

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

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Tibetan 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 Tibetan Terrier lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


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


Information on booster shots for your Tibetan Terrier. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Tibetan Terrier puppy really need? Does your adult Tibetan 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 Tibetan 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 Tibetan Terrier. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Tibetan Terrier.


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