Coping with Chronic Health Conditions: Tips

Coping with Chronic Health Conditions: Tips

Three Common Health Problems To Watch For In Yorkshire Terriers

by Freddie Cox

Yorkshire terriers, or Yorkies, make lovely family pets. They tend to be energetic and friendly. However, like all dog breeds, there are some health problems that they are prone to. There's no guarantee that your Yorkie will develop any of these issues, but to be sure, you'll want to keep an eye out for signs and symptoms of them as your dog ages:

Heart Disease

A number of heart diseases are common in Yorkshire terriers. They may have valve diseases, which affect the way blood travels through the heart, or they may develop clogged arteries, which eventually lead to a heart attack. Signs that your dog may have a heart-related condition include:

  • Shortness of breath after small amounts of activity

  • Not wanting to engage in vigorous activity like climbing stairs

  • Seeming overly lethargic, rather than energetic as is typical for Yorkies

If you suspect that your Yorkie may have heart trouble, your vet can conduct a series of tests including x-rays and blood tests at your local animal hospital. Valve disorders may require surgery, but most conditions can be managed with medications to keep blood pressure and heart rates under control.


Epilepsy is a seizure disorder that becomes increasingly common as Yorkies age. The symptoms are very hard to miss. The dog may suddenly begin having convulsions, or in some cases, they may pass out suddenly. If you suspect the dog has epilepsy, it's essential that you take him to the vet immediately. Seizures can result in injuries and brain damage, so your vet will prescribe medications to reduce the frequency and severity of the seizures. Be careful not to get too close to your dog if he does have a seizure; most dogs become dissociated and may lash out and bite you unknowingly.


All breeds of dogs can develop cataracts, but they are somewhat more common on Yorkshire Terriers than in other breeds. The first symptom of cataracts, as observed by the dog's owner, is typically a cloudiness of the lens of the eye. This cloudiness progressively gets worse, leading to blurriness of the dog's visual field.

Though cataracts can be surgically removed in dogs, this surgery is risky and expensive, so most owners opt to make their dogs as comfortable as possible without the surgery. Cataracts do not cause any pain. You can make life easier for a dog with failing vision by keeping everything on one floor, keeping furniture in one place, and always accompanying them outdoors.


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Coping with Chronic Health Conditions: Tips

Ever since I was a young girl, I have had bad asthma and allergies. I had to stay in the hospital several times when I was in elementary school just to help get my asthma under control and it seemed like I was trying medication after medication with little success. I don't remember all of my childhood health details, since I was so young, but my mother has "filled in the blanks" for me. Thanks to modern medicine and a natural remedy, my health conditions are currently under control and have been for a few years now. I am very grateful for my good health, and I want to "pay it back" to others by creating a blog where I will post my health tips. I hope I can help you learn how to achieve good health!