Patterdale Terriers are fiesty little dogs that are often in good health and live till a good age of up to around 17 years old. Patterdale health problems are rare as they are sturdy and well bred. I know someone once who had a Patterdale cross that lived to 21! However, there are a few patterdale terrier health problems that you will need to be aware of.
The Most Common Patterdale Terrier Health Problems
The most common Patterdale terrier health problems are: fleas, obesity, eye problems, joint problems, hypothyroidism and hystiocytomas (benign skin growths). It is important to seek vetenary advice as soon as possible if you suspect any health problems with your patterdale terrier.
Patterdale’s are prone to fleas due to their dense fur and their willingness to constantly explore in bushes and hedges. You should de flea your Patterdale once a month, particularly in the summer when the warmer weather allows fleas to thrive. I recommend Frontline spot on for small dogs.
- KILLS FLEAS - Fleas jumping onto your treated dog are killed within 24 hours, preventing infestations from building up
- KILLS TICKS - Ticks latching onto your treated dog are killed within 48 hours, helping to reduce the risk of disease transmission
- TRIED AND TRUSTED - FRONTLINE's original vet-strength formula has an exemplary safety profile and can be used on puppies weighing more than 2 kg, from 8 weeks of age
Obesity can be an issue in Patterdale Terriers. They are canine dustbins and simply don’t know when to stop eating! Although it’s not as serious as it can be in Daschunds who have extremely delicate spines, it is a serious disease that may cause or worsen joint problems in Patterdale terriers.
The most common Patterdale terrier health problems are often eye related. Keep an eye on your Patterdale’s eyes! Do they look sore? He (or she) might be suffering from conjunctivitis often known as ‘pink eye’. If he has any redness or goop in or around the eyes, get him checked out at the vets. As they grow older, Patterdale terriers are prone to cateracts and this can negatively impact on their sight. Patterdales can also suffer from a conditional called Lens Luxation. Usually, the lens of the eye is held in place between the iris and the retina. A lunated lens means that the lens is further forward or backward from where it should be. This can be mild, but sadly can also result in the loss of the eye.
Patterdale’s run and run and run! Pressure on their joints can result in a number of joint problems for example knee and back issues. Patterdales can be prone to Cranial Cruciate Disease, Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) and Hip dysplasia. These issues may need surgical correction if they are severe.
Young Patterdale terriers can get ‘Histiocytomas’ which are small lumpy growths often under their armpits or on their legs. Histiocytomas are harmful growths that ill eventually go down on their own. However, it is important to get a vets opinion and dingoes that the lump is a histiocytoma. This is because such lumps may also be cancerous mast cell tumours.
Hypothyroidism in Patterdales involves a decrease in normal thyroid activity. If it occurs in Patterdale puppies, it can stunt their growth. A blood test will confirm hypothyroidism in your dog, and it can be controlled by medication which will probably be lifelong.
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