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Sep 4, 2008
Having a Yorkshire Terrier provides you with many benefits, but there are still some health problems that you should be on the lookout for. Health problems for the Yorkshire Terrier can be either inherited, congenital or acquired. While many of the Yorkshire Terrier health problems have become a thing of the past due to continued research and selective breeding practices, you should still know the most common Yorkshire Terrier health problems and signs so that you can provide your dog with a happy and healthy life.

One common condition suffered by the Yorkshire Terrier is portosystemic shunts. This condition causes blood to flow around the liver rather than to the liver, which prevents toxins from being removed from the body and results in serious problems. This ailment is either acquired or congenital which means that it is present at birth or develops later in life. Dogs with this condition are often small for their age and breed. Other signs of this condition include excessive drinking, frequent urination and after eating they may show signs of depression, muscular incoordination, coma and seizures.

Hypothyroidism is another of the Yorkshire Terrier health problems that you want to educate yourself about. The thyroid gland produces a hormone that helps to speed up metabolism and is found in the neck. Hypothyroidism occurs when the gland stops functioning and it is one of the most common hormonal diseases in dogs.

Many of the causes for hypothyroidism are still unknown, as the only known cause is when the immune system destroys the gland. This disease typically affects middle-aged dogs. Most times the first sign will be hair loss that isn't linked to any other skin condition through testing. Other symptoms to look for include weight gain, muscle loss, lethargy and a tendency to seek heat.

Although not a life threatening condition it can affect the pets quality of life and reduce their overall number of years if left untreated.

The last of the most common Yorkshire Terrier health problems that you want to educate yourself about is renal failure. The kidneys help to clear all toxins from the blood and to conserve water if a pet doesn't drink enough. When the kidneys begin to deteriorate a serious medical condition known as chronic renal failure results and can eventually lead to serious health problems. Chronic renal disease is caused by a variety of inherited and acquired disorders.

There are a variety of inherited or acquired disorders that can cause chronic renal failure. However, the signs are vague which means that the condition typically mimics nearly every other health condition. Typically middle-aged to older Yorkshire Terriers will get the condition. Signs that you should be aware of include excessive drinking or urination, weight loss, loss of appetite, vomiting or general signs that your pet isn't feeling well.

If chronic renal failure is diagnosed soon enough then the progression of the disease can be slowed by dietary means. Your veterinarian will help you feed your pet a diet that has reduced protein, phosphorous and salt.
About the Author
About the author: Susan Bailey is an avid lover of the Yorkshire Terrier and has a popular website that can teach you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Yorkshire Terrier . Among other topics at this website, you can also learn all about Yorkshire Terrier Health Problems plus a whole lot more.
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