Airedale Terrier Health Care & Feeding
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2018
Quick list of Airedale Terrier health problems
Skin conditions are common in Airedales. Chronic allergies cause itchy skin and scratching that can lead to bacterial infections. Growths, cysts, and tumors are not unusual.
More ominously, about one in four Airedales will develop skin cancer, lymphoma, or other cancers.
Hip and elbow dysplasia cause pain and lameness and can require expensive surgery.
A long list of eye diseases occur in Airedale Terriers, the most common (serious) one being cataracts that can lead to blindness.
A very serious kidney disease can strike young Airedale Terriers.
(See more health problems below.)
Preventing health problems
Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Airedale Terrier have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases and hip dysplasia, your Airedale 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 Airedale Terrier, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Airedale 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 Airedale Terrier puppy or adult dog:
Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Airedale Terrier lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.
The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Airedale 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.
Kibble or Canned Dog Food – Almost As Good As Homemade?
Are you looking for the best dry kibble or canned dog food?
Feed Homemade Dog Food Without Needing To Make It
Would you like to feed your dog homemade, but think you don't have the time or skill to make it? I have the solution for you....
Should You Buy Pet Insurance? An Honest Review
My advice on the pros and cons of pet insurance, and the best pet insurance company I've found.
Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Airedale Terrier puppy really need? Does your adult Airedale Terrier need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed! Find out what some vets aren't telling you.
Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female dog.
Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.
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 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 Airedale Terrier health problems
The Airedale Club of America conducted a health survey that included over 500 Airedales. About HALF were reported with skin conditions, including allergies, pyoderma, seborrhea, follicular dysplasia, and lick granuloma. About 40% were reported with non-tumorous growths (sebaceous cysts, papillomas, lipomas). So skin is a central area of potential health problems in Airedales.
More ominously, 26% of the Airedales in the club survey were reported with malignant tumors and cancers, especially mammary cancer, skin cancers, and lymphoma. Cancer is the #1 cause of death in Airedales (but that's true of many, perhaps even most, other breeds, as well).
The most common orthopedic diseases in Airedales are hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America examined the hip x-rays of over 6400 Airedales and found 12% to be bad. Of 400+ elbow x-rays, 9% were bad. Other orthopedic health issues include Wobbler's syndrome, cruciate ligament rupture, panosteitis, osteochondritis, and luxating patella.
The most common (serious) eye disease in Airedales is cataracts (8% reported in the club survey). Other eye diseases reported were glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy, retinal dysplasia, entropion, eyelash abnormalities, and corneal dystrophy (a particularly severe form in Airedales).
Finally, a very serious kidney disease (juvenile renal disease) can strike young Airedale Terriers.
To help you train and care for your dog
To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.
My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.
My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.