Common Health Problems

Common Health Problems

Responsible breeders strive to maintain the highest breed standards. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to develop hereditary conditions. However, some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. The following are some conditions to be aware of:

Patellar luxation: This is looseness of the kneecap that can result in dislocation. While the knee will often pop back into place, surgery may be required in severe conditions.

Collapsing trachea: Yorkies are prone to this condition that can get worse with age. The dog may display a chronic cough.

Portosystemic shunts (PSS): This is a defect in the blood flow between the liver and the body. It is usually detected before 2 years of age and can be managed by surgery and diet.

Intervertebral disc disease: Herniated discs in the back can be the result of a predisposition or injury.


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