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

Welsh Terrier dog breed

Welsh Terrier Health Problems and Raising a Welsh 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 Welsh Terriers:

The major health problems in Welsh Terriers are eye diseases, especially lens luxation leading to secondary glaucoma. Glaucoma can also appear in middle-aged Welsh Terriers as the primary disease. And cataracts can appear in Welsh Terrier puppies or young adults, and can lead to blindness.

Epilepsy has become a real concern in the breed.

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

Orthopedic diseases include luxating patella (loose knees), Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, and hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 56 Welsh Terriers and found 5% dysplastic.

Hypothyroidism also occurs in Welsh Terriers.


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

Yes, often you can.

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

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


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


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


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