border terrier breed information

common health issues

Fanconi Syndrome is a defect in the tubules of the kidneys, leading to decreased resorption of water, sugar, minerals and amino acids. Loss of these substances leads to electrolyte imbalances and dehydration. Symptoms include increased water intake and urination between one and seven years of age, and may be managed medically for years or may progress rapidly to kidney failure. Treatment aims to control the symptoms of kidney disease.

Cataracts describes the transparency of the lens in the eye.While cataracts are a common finding in older dogs, many breeds, including Cavaliers, have a genetic predisposition to juvenile cataracts, i.e., occurring in young animals. Hereditary cataracts can occur as early as six months of age and progress to complete loss of vision by two years old. The good news is that most affected lenses can be treated surgically. Cost of treatment: $1,500 to $3,000 per lens.

The retina lines the back of the eye and is responsible for transmitting visual stimulus to the brain. Retinal dysplasia is a malformation of the retina which can range from mild retinal folds to severe dysplasia with detachment of the retina and blindness. Visually impaired dogs generally adapt to life well due to their keen sense of smell.

One of the oldest terriers in Great Britain, the Border Terrier originated in the border country between England and Scotland, which helps explain the name! The ultimate farm dogs, Border Terriers were bred to protect their master’s stock. They also needed to be good hunters, as they were often left to fend for themselves for dinner on the farm.

A tough and dedicated worker on the farm, the Border Terrier is also good tempered and affectionate at home. Like most terrier breeds, the Border Terrier must be kept active, and mental stimulation is just as important as daily exercise. They learn well, excel at obedience and agility and their coats may be kept short or long, depending on your preference.

Although an active and hard-working breed, Border Terriers are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health - and your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Border Terriers are prone to include eye conditions such as cataracts, retinal dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy, as well as kidney disorders such as Fanconi syndrome.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Border Terrier has the misfortune of inheriting more than just a love of hunting for treats, you’re protected.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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  • your share of the cost: $450
  • Petplan's reimbursement to you: $1,550
  • coverage remaining in policy period: Unlimited
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