yorkshire terrier breed information

common health issues

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.

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.

A luxating patella is a knee cap that moves out of its groove � sometimes referred to as a "trick knee". It is usually caused by several inherited factors including a shallow patella groove. In individuals with moderate or severe disease, surgical correction in often recommended to prevent a progression that includes severe lameness, chronic pain and thickening of the knee.

In this condition, only some of the blood from the intestines passes through the liver, and the rest mixes with the general circulation, so dogs with a liver shunt have excess amount of toxins in their blood. Symptoms generally emerge by 6 months of age and include failure to gain weight, vomiting, and hepatic encephalopathy. Surgical correction is usually curative.

Cryptorchidism is the failure of one or more of the testicles to drop into the scrotum. Because retained testicles are prone to testicular torsion and cancer to a much higher degree, they should be surgically removed. Your veterinarian can perform surgery at your pet's normal neutering age.

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 Yorkshire Terrier, or “Yorkie”, is named for the English county from which he originally hailed. Historically they were a working breed, used for catching rats in clothing mills. They are now a perfect example of a toy breed and generally enjoy a life of ease. Like most terrier breeds, they are bold and brave, which sometimes gets them into trouble with larger breed dogs.

Yorkies make a great addition to a single-person home as well as homes with children, provided the children are taught how to handle a small dog. They are capable of growing a long, luxurious hair coat and therefore must be brushed and groomed often. Because of their coat, they are considered a good choice for people with allergies. Yorkies are full of energy and benefit from exercise each day.

While they make great pets for people who suffer from allergies, Yorkies 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 Yorkies are prone to include joint conditions such as medial patellar luxation; eye conditions such as retinal dysplasia and cataracts; liver issues such as portosystemic shunts; respiratory conditions such as tracheal collapse; and developmental problems such as cryptorchidism.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your brave Yorkie inherits more than just a bold attitude from his parents, you’re covered.

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

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