skye terrier breed information

common health issues

With intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) one or more of the discs that sit between vertebrae break down and their extruded contents bulge into the vertebral canal, pressing on the spinal cord. Symptoms range from mild back or neck pain to paralysis of the limbs. Mild IVDD can be managed medically, but severe IVDD cases require surgery to provide relief.

Atopy refers to skin allergies caused by inhaled or contact allergens. Just like us, our dogs can be allergic to pollen, dander, grasses and trees. Their allergies result in itchiness that can be seasonal or year-round. Affected dogs are prone to ear and skin infections. The condition varies in severity but is usually lifelong and often requires constant medical management.

Normally, the lens of the eye is held in place between the iris and the retina. A luxated lens lies in an abnormal position, either backward or forward of it's normal position. Treatment ranges from conservative treatment to removal of the affected eye.

The trachea, or windpipe, is supposed to be a rigid tube. In some breeds, the cartilage rings that hold the trachea open are undeveloped or become weak and allow the trachea to flatten during respiration. Mild cases can be managed medically with cough suppressants and bronchodilators, but surgical placement of tracheal stents is recommended for some severe cases.

Copper Storage Hepatopathy is the result of excess accumulation of copper, either due to excessive intestinal absorption of copper, storage disorders, or the inability to excrete copper. This results in acute (and then chronic) hepatitis leading to cirrhosis. The condition can be managed medically by reducing copper intake and reducing copper accumulation with chelators.

The Skye Terrier originated on the Isle of Skye, a Scottish island located to the northwest of the mainland. The only terrier belonging solely to the island, the Skye Terrier has remained constant in his appearance for at least four centuries – and it is an unusual appearance! His long body, supported by short legs, is low to the ground, and his hair coat is long and luxurious, almost completely obscuring his face and feet.

Skye Terriers enjoyed their most popular period in 19th century England and Scotland. Although they have been around for centuries, they are an extremely rare breed in the United States. Bred originally to be a general purpose working dog, the Skye Terrier is suited for many activities, including obedience, tracking and agility. He needs some sort of daily exercise, and his long coat needs regular grooming to keep it free of tangles.

Despite their working history, Skye Terriers are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Skye Terriers are prone to include eye conditions such as lens luxation; respiration problems such as tracheal collapse; spinal conditions such as invertebral disc disease (IVDD); liver problems such as Copper Storage Hepatopathy; and skin conditions such as atopy.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Skye Terrier inherits her mom’s bad back or her dad’s bad skin, you’re covered.

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

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