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

My Complete Health Care Program for your Kerry Blue Terrier

If you want to AVOID health problems in your Kerry Blue 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 Kerry 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!

Dog books written by Michele Welton

Kerry Blue Terrier dog breed

Kerry Blue Terrier Health Care & Feeding

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2018

Quick list of Kerry Blue Terrier health problems

The skin and coat are problematic areas in Kerry Blues. Chronic itchy allergies, hair loss disorders, growths and tumors.

Hereditary eye diseases in Kerries can progress to blindness. A heart disease called PDA is a concern in the breed. Hip and elbow dysplasia can cause lameness and pain.

A fatal neurological disease in Kerry Blue Terriers is cerebellar ataxia.

Other health issues in Kerries include blood-clotting disease, thyroid disease, autoimmune diseases, and urinary stones.

(See more health problems below.)

Preventing health problems

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

Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Kerry Blue Terrier lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.

Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Kerry Blue 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.

Natural dog foods for your Kerry Blue Terrier. Kibble or Canned Dog Food – Almost As Good As Homemade?
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NomNomNow homemade dog food service Feed Homemade Dog Food Without Needing To Make It
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Pet insurance 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.

Information on booster shots for your Kerry Blue Terrier. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Kerry Blue Terrier puppy really need? Does your adult Kerry Blue Terrier need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed! Find out what some vets aren't telling you.

Information on spaying your Kerry Blue 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 Kerry Blue 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
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 Kerry Blue Terrier health problems

In Kerries, it all starts with their skin:

  • Chronic allergies cause itchy skin and often lead to pyoderma
  • Growths and tumors, especially hair follicle tumors.
  • Growths on their nose, or on the pads of the feet. Footpad keratoses are deep circular plaques (corns) that develop on hard dry footpads. They often become ulcerated, causing pain when the dog tries to walk. Softening the affected pads with vitamin E, aloe vera, and other natural lubricants helps. Nasodigital keratoses result in a hard, dry, rough nose with possible fissures and ulcers.
  • Spiculosis – abnormal spike-like hairs that feel like stiff bristles. They're most numerous in young adult males, with some dogs having over a hundred of them, especially on their legs. Sometimes you can pull them out with your fingers. Otherwise you may need to soak the dog in warm water and epsom salts, then scrub them off with a rubber brush.

The most common eye diseases in Kerry Blue Terriers are dry eye, and cataracts that appear before 2 years old (usually by 6 months old) and can progress to blindness. Entropion, eyelash abnormalities, and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) also occur in Kerries.

Heart disease (patent ductus arteriosus) is becoming a concern in the breed, and hypothyroidism occurs occasionally.

Blood-clotting diseases (von Willebrand's and occasionally Factor XI deficiency) occur in Kerry Blue Terriers. Fortunately, a simple DNA test is available for von Willebrand's disease in Kerries, so you can find out at any time whether your dog has the disease, carries the disease, or is completely clear of it.

The most common orthopedic diseases in Kerries are luxating patella, elbow dysplasia, and hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 1600 Kerry Blues and found 6% dysplastic. Similarly, of 200 elbow x-rays, 6% were dysplastic.

A fatal neurological disease in Kerry Blue Terriers is cerebellar ataxia (specifically, progressive neuronal abiotrophy).

Other health issues in Kerry Blue Terriers include colitis, urinary stones, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, myasthenia gravis, and lupus.

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