Yorkshire Terrier 101 – Yorkshire Terrier Allergies
By Susan Bailey
Your Yorkshire Terrier is going to need to see a vet at least once a year. Most dogs visit more than once a year. You need to know that vet bills are to be expected when you bring home a Yorkshire Terrier. They are prone to some illnesses like luxating patella. However, they are not as prone to allergies as some other breeds. Yorkshire Terrier allergies are almost the same as for other breeds. The only exception is that they don’t handle anesthesia as well as other breeds.
There are many means of finding out how to choose a vet for your Yorkshire Terrier. You can ask your dog owning friends, family and neighbors for recommendations. You can ask your pet store (one that doesn’t sell puppies, of course) and you can ask your local animal shelter. Thankfully, it’s easier than ever to find a vet. Since Yorkies are so popular, they should be familiar with Yorkshire Terrier allergies.
If you are lucky enough to have a choice of vets in your area, then how do you choose a vet for your Yorkshire Terrier among the crowd? First off, there is no law saying you have to keep one vet all of your dog’s life. Going to any vet is better than not going to a vet at all. Ask your vet questions. Be sure you are satisfied with the answers and don’t let the vet talk down to you.
Any ethical vet will be up front about their strengths and weaknesses. They are often the most helpful people to go to when looking for a better vet for your Yorkshire Terrier! Most vets do not make that much money at their jobs. Most are in it because they love animals and want to do anything it takes to encourage you to take your dog to a vet for regular care. They have seen too many Yorkshire Terrier allergies untreated in suffering Yorkies.
Yorkshire Terrier allergies are the same as for other breeds and mongrels. The most common allergens are pollen, food allergies, flea bites or to particular cleaners. A Yorkshire Terrier with a pollen allergy would be treated a lot like a child with ragweed allergies, such as with a combinations of drugs and lessening exposure to pollen. Allergies to flea bites are common, but treatable. You need to get rid of the fleas, which is easier than ever to do with spot-on products like Frontline. You also need to get rid of fleas in your home, because fleas live in carpeting and furniture and just use your dog for meals.
Allergies to cleaners are usually easy to diagnose. Stop using a suspected cleaner. If symptoms improve, you know what product to avoid. Your Yorkie will still need to see your vet for painkillers and antibiotics. Food allergies are the most difficult Yorkshire Terrier allergies to diagnose, which means cooperating with your vet is a must. It might take a long time of trial and error, but since the food allergen is identified, treatment is usually easy.
Susan Bailey has interviewed many owners, trainers and vets in two countries about Yorkshire Terrier care. Go to your local library to find many books about dogs, including a section on Yorkshire Terrier care This article and others like it try to teach you how to find a vet for your Yorkshire Terrier
Further information on common Yorkie allergies:
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