Norfolk Terrier Health Care & Feeding
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2018
Quick list of Norfolk Terrier health problems
The Norfolk Terrier has an absolutely dreadful rate of hip dysplasia (35%), and is also prone to luxating patella (loose knee joints). Both of these orthopedic diseases cause lameness and pain and can require expensive surgery.
Cataracts can appear in middle age and usually progress to blindness. Glaucoma occurs, as well.
Heart disease is a serious concern in this breed.
Chronic allergies that cause itchy skin is a problem in all of the terrier breeds, including Norfolks.
(See more health problems below.)
Preventing health problems
Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Norfolk Terrier have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hip dysplasia, luxating patella, heart disease, and hereditary eye diseases, your Norfolk 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 Norfolk Terrier, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Norfolk 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 Norfolk Terrier puppy or adult dog:
Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Norfolk Terrier lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.
The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Norfolk 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 Norfolk Terrier puppy really need? Does your adult Norfolk 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 Norfolk Terrier health problems
Allergies are a problem in all terrier breeds, including Norfolks. Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).
Cataracts can appear in middle age in the Norfolk Terrier, and usually progress to blindness. Glaucoma is another eye disease of concern in Norfolks.
Heart disease (mitral valve disease) is a serious concern in this breed.
Orthopedic diseases include luxating patella (loose knees), and also hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 335 Norfolk Terriers and found 35% dysplastic. That's absolutely dreadful – the 18th worst rate of all breeds. And the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation.
Intervertebral disk disease occurs occasionally in the Norfolk Terrier.
Other health issues reported in Norfolk Terriers include collapsing trachea, urinary stones, hypothyroidism, and liver shunt.
A rare inherited skin disease called ichthyosis has been reported in Norfolks. Symptoms include dark, dandruffy, smelly skin, and tiny blisters on the ears or footpads. A simple DNA test can disclose whether your Norfolk has inherited the gene for this disease.
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.