Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Health Care & Feeding
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2018
Quick list of Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier health problems
These four health problems are life-threatening in Wheatens: a severe digestive disease, two kidney diseases, and a disorder of the endocrine sytem called Addison's disease. Scary stuff!
Chronic itchy allergies make life miserable for an affected Wheaten – the constant scratching can lead to bacterial infections (hot spots). Ear infections are common due to profuse hair in the ear canals. Skin growths and tumors are quite common in Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers.
Hereditary eye diseases can lead to blindness. Orthopedic diseases include luxating patella (loose knees), hip dysplasia, and elbow dysplasia, all of which cause pain and lameness.
(See more health problems below.)
Preventing health problems
Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases and hip dysplasia, your Wheaten 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 Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Wheaten 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 Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier puppy or adult dog:
Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.
The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Wheaten 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 Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier puppy really need? Does your adult Wheaten 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 Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier health problems
These four health problems are life-threatening:
- A severe form of colitis (protein-losing enteropathy, or PLE), results in essential proteins being "lost" through the walls of the gastrointestinal tract. All Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers should be tested every year for PLE, because it's essential to diagnose and treat it early.
- An inherited kidney disease (protein-losing nephropathy, or PLN) results in essential proteins being lost through the kidneys. All Wheatens should be tested every year for PLN.
- A different kidney disease, renal dysplasia, can kill Wheaten Terriers at 6-12 months old. Fortunately, a simple DNA test is available for renal dysplasia. So you don't need to wait with bated breath for symptoms to appear. You can have your Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier puppy tested in your vet's office to find out whether he has inherited renal dyplasia or not.
- Finally, a serious endocrine system disorder called Addison's disease occurs in Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers.
Allergies are not a life-threatening health problem, but they are a chronic nuisance that can make life miserable for your Wheaten and frustrating for you. Allergies cause terribly itchy skin and often lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). Ear infections are common due to profuse hair in the ear canals.
Tumorous growths (especially basal cell tumors and hair follicle tumors) are quite common in Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, as are non-tumorous growths.
The most serious eye diseases in Wheatens are progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), cataracts, and retinal dysplasia.
Orthopedic diseases include luxating patella (loose knees), hip dysplasia, and elbow dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 6500 Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers and found 5% dysplastic. That's not too bad, but elbows were worse – out of 450 elbow x-rays, nearly 9% were dysplastic.
Other health issues in Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers include hypothyroidism, heart disease, and inherited deafness.
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.