The health of the Airedale Terrier is generally not a concern for the owner. Airedale terriers are quite hardy and healthy dogs. They are almost not susceptible to diseases that other breeds suffer, and if they do get sick, they suffer the disease in a milder form. But a frivolous attitude towards the well-being of a pet is still unacceptable.
Signs of a Healthy Airedale Terrier
- good appetite,
- shining eyes,
- beautiful coat.
If your pet shows weakness, indifference, loss of appetite, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Major health problems of Airedale Terriers: Hip dysplasia, raw eczema (hot spots), melanoma, demodicosis, Addison’s disease (hyperadrenocorticism), hypothyroidism, von Willebrand disease, dilated cardiomyopathy, eyelid volvulus (dystrophin), chronic superficial keratitis, chronic superficial keratitis the cornea of the eye and progressive retinal atrophy.
It is advisable to clarify whether the parents have test results for hereditary diseases characteristic of the Airedale Terrier.
Hyperuricosuria is an inherited disorder associated with the accumulation of uric acid salts and the formation of stones.
Canine degenerative myelopathy is a severe, progressive neurodegenerative disease that causes paralysis of the hind limbs. It is associated with a dysfunction of the spinal cord motor neurons due to the simplification (degeneration) of their nerve endings. The disease begins with an almost imperceptible weakness in one or both hind legs. It then becomes difficult to get up from a lying or sitting position. The dog periodically loses balance, coordination is disturbed, after which paralysis develops.