Tibetan Terrier Health Care & Feeding
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2018
Quick list of Tibetan Terrier health problems
Eye diseases are the main concern. A good number of Tibetan Terriers are blind from cataracts, lens luxation, glaucoma, or progressive retinal atrophy. A neurological disease called NCL also impairs vision along with the brain and nervous system.
Bad joints can result in hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, or luxating patella (bad knees), all of which cause pain and lameness and can require expensive surgery.
Tibetan Terriers have a very high rate of hypothyroidism (up to 30% affected), which can require lifelong medication.
Chronic allergies cause itchy skin and scratching, which can lead to bacterial infections (hot spots). Chronic ear infections can result from profuse hair in the ear canals.
Tibetan Terriers can be born deaf, or partially deaf.
(See more health problems below.)
Preventing health problems
Some health problems are inherited. For example, if both parents of your Tibetan Terrier have certificates proving they were tested and cleared of hereditary eye diseases, hip dysplasia, and thyroid disease, your Tibetan 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 Tibetan Terrier, my best-selling book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to raise your Tibetan 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 Tibetan Terrier puppy or adult dog:
Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Tibetan Terrier lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.
The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Tibetan 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 Tibetan Terrier puppy really need? Does your adult Tibetan 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 Tibetan Terrier health problems
Eye diseases are the major concern in Tibetan Terriers, especially lens luxation (leading to secondary glaucoma), progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and cataracts that appear before 12 months old and lead to blindness.
Another disease that causes loss of vision in Tibetan Terriers is a neurological disease (neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis), which affects the brain and nervous system, as well as the eyes.
According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, Tibetan Terriers have the 7th highest rate of hypothyroidism of 140 breeds (up to 30% affected).
Joints can be bad in Tibetan Terriers. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 4300 Tibetan Terriers and found 6% dysplastic. Similarly, 4% of nearly 200 elbow X-rays were dysplastic. Luxating patella (loose knee joints) affects at least 5% of the breed.
Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). Non-tumorous skin growths (sebaceous cysts and papillomas) are common in Tibetan Terriers, but are harmless. Chronic ear infections can result from profuse hair in the ear canals.
Tibetan Terriers are susceptible to 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.