Learn about Yorkshire Terrier diseases

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Learn about Yorkshire Terrier diseases

Learn about Yorkshire Terrier diseases

Common Diseases and Disorders

In general, the Yorkshire terrier is a healthy dog with few medical concerns. However, the following diseases or disorders have been reported:

  • Medial Patellar luxation is a disorder affecting the kneecap.

  • Alopecia is a disorder resulting in a loss of hair.

  • Urolithiasis is a condition affecting the urinary tract resulting in the formation of bladder stones.

  • Tracheal collapse is a weakening of the rings of the windpipe. This leads to irritation and coughing.

  • Cataracts cause a loss of the normal transparency of the lens of the eye. The problem can occur in one or both eyes and can lead to blindness.

  • Cryptorchidism is a condition in which one or both testicles do not descend into the scrotum.

  • Entropion is a problem with the eyelid that causes inward rolling. Lashes on the edge of the eyelid irritate the surface of the eyeball and may lead to more serious problems.

  • Portosystemic shunt is a malformation of the blood flow associated with the liver. The blood is shunted away from the liver, resulting in accumulation of blood toxins and subsequent profound illness.

  • Progressive retinal degeneration is a disease that causes nerve cells at the back of the eye to degenerate. The condition can lead to blindness.

  • Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE) is a disease syndrome seen in dogs, characterized by the acute (sudden) onset of bloody diarrhea, usually explosive.

  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca is a disorder of the eye that results when tear production is decreased.

  • Hydrocephalus is a neurological disease in which there is excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid within the ventricular system of the brain.

  • Atlantoaxial Subluxation is a condition in which the first two cervical (neck) vertebrae are not firmly attached. Dogs are born without ligament support to their atlantoaxial joint,

  • Aseptic necrosis of the femoral head is a progressive deterioration and collapse of the femoral head, cause is unknown

  • Congenital Elbow Luxation - is a dislocation of the elbow joint.

  • Hepatic Lipidosis (fatty liver disease) - is a syndrome characterized by an accumulation of excessive amounts of lipid (fat) within the cells of the liver and is diagnosed in puppies.

  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus is a blood vessel that connects the aorta and the pulmonary artery and remains open or patent after birth.

  • Testicular tumors are tumors that involve the testicles in intact male dogs.

    In addition, the Yorkshire terrier is prone to dwarfism, difficulty delivering puppies, and low blood sugar.

    Life Span

    The life span of the Yorkshire terrier is 14 to 16 years.

    We realize that each dog is unique and may display other characteristics. This profile provides generally accepted breed information only.

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    Common Diseases

    Yorkshire Terrier
    • Patellar Luxation Patella luxation is a condition in which the patella (knee-cap) no longer glides within its natural groove in the femur, the upper bone of the knee joint.
    • Urolithiasis Urolithiasis refers to the formation of stones (calculi or uroliths) in the urinary tract.
    • Hypoglycemia Hypoglycemia is defined as a blood glucose or blood sugar concentration of less than 70 mg/dl of blood.
    • Cataracts A cataract is any opacity in the lens of the eye. The normal lens is translucent (clear), and it transmits and focuses light onto the retina in the back of the eye.
    • Portosystemic Shunt A portosystemic shunt is an abnormal communication between blood vessels, which causes blood to bypass the liver.

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