Health Information for your Yorkshire Terrier
Dental disease is the most common
chronic problem in pets, affecting 80% of all dogs by age two.
Unfortunately, your Yorkshire Terrier is more likely than other
dogs to have problems with her teeth. Dental disease starts with
tartar build-up on the teeth and progresses to infection of the
gums and roots of the teeth. If we don’t prevent or treat dental
disease, your buddy may lose her teeth and be in danger of
damage to her kidneys, liver, heart, and joints. In fact, your
Yorkie's life span may even be cut short by one to three years!
We’ll clean your dog’s teeth regularly and let you know what you
can do at home to keep those pearly whites clean.
Yorkshire Terriers are susceptible to
bacterial and viral infections — the same ones that all dogs can
get — such as parvo, rabies, and distemper. Many of these
infections are preventable through vaccination, which we will
recommend based on her age, the diseases we see in the Prestige
Animal Hospital area, and other factors.
Obesity can be a significant health
problem in Yorkshire Terriers. It is a serious disease that may
cause or worsen joint problems, metabolic and digestive
disorders, back pain, and heart disease. Though it’s tempting to
give your pal food when she looks at you with those soulful
eyes, you can “love her to death” with leftover people food and
doggie treats. Instead, give her a hug, brush her fur or teeth,
play a game with her, or perhaps take her for a walk. She’ll
feel better, and so will you!
All kinds of worms and bugs can
invade your Yorkie's body, inside and out. Everything from fleas
and ticks to ear mites can infest her skin and ears. Hookworms,
roundworms, heartworms, and whipworms can get into her system in
a number of ways: drinking unclean water, walking on
contaminated soil, or being bitten by an infected mosquito. Some
of these parasites can be transmitted to you or a family member
and are a serious concern for everyone. For your canine friend,
these parasites can cause pain, discomfort, and even death, so
it’s important that we test for them on a regular basis. We’ll
also recommend preventive medication as necessary to keep her
One of the best things you can do for
your Yorkie is to have her spayed (neutered for males). In
females, this means we surgically remove the ovaries and usually
the uterus, and in males, it means we surgically remove the
testicles. Spaying or neutering decreases the likelihood of
certain types of cancers and eliminates the possibility of your
pet becoming pregnant or fathering unwanted puppies. Performing
this surgery also gives us a chance, while your pet is under
anesthesia, to identify and address some of the diseases your
dog is likely to develop. For example, if your pet needs
hip X-rays or a puppy tooth extracted, this would be a good
time—it’s more convenient for you and easier on your friend too.
Routine blood testing prior to surgery also helps us to identify
and take precautions against common problems that increase
anesthetic or surgical risk. Don’t worry; we’ll discuss the
specific problems we will be looking for when the time arrives.