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Dog Breed Health Spotlight: Yorkshire Terrier

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
11 months ago

Yorkshire Terrier laying on the ground and staring at the camera
One of the most popular breeds in America, Yorkshire Terriers are affectionate dogs who love playing and exploring. One of the smallest breeds, the average Yorkie weighs somewhere between four and seven pounds. When they’re not busy being energetic backyard adventurers, they have no issues curling up in an owner’s lap and being snuggled on for hours.

Like any other breed, Yorkshire Terriers have a unique set of health issues they’re most prone to. At PetFirst, we’ve seen almost every canine ailment imaginable in our pet insurance customer claims, so we’ve compiled a handy list of the most frequent disorders and illnesses we’ve observed in Yorkies to help you know what to look for and when to act.

Otitis
One of the most common infections in dogs, especially those with floppy ears like the Yorkshire Terrier. Otitis is the chronic inflammation of the middle ear or external ear canal, with the most common symptoms being persistent head shaking and foul odor. Fortunately, this ailment is almost always treatable when diagnosed.
The average vet bill for this is around $102.39.

Periodontal Disease
A serious gum disease which can, in extreme cases, destroy the jawbone. Yorkies and other small dogs are more prone to dental diseases like this because of their compressed teeth crammed inside their narrow jaws. This dental overcrowding often results in increased plaque buildup, gum disease, and tooth decay.
The average vet bill for this is around $382.67.

Gastritis
Gastritis refers to the uncomfortable irritation or inflammation of the stomach lining. Symptoms include bile-tinged vomiting, abdominal pain, and loss of appetite. Small breeds like pugs, bulldogs, and terriers are more prone to developing this, though the exact cause is unknown.
The average vet bill for this is around $242.06.

Dermatitis
This skin disorder, characterized by seemingly relentless itching on the face and feet, is especially prevalent in Yorkies due to their small size and delicate skin. Since Yorkies’ bodies are usually only a few inches from the ground, they are more prone to coming in contact with the common causes of skin irritants like pollen, mold spores and dust mites.
The average vet bill for this is around $112.75.

Gastroenteritis
The acute inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, this disorder is common in small dogs and can result in bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Unfortunately, the exact cause of this is also unknown, while the diagnosis is often based on the exclusion of all other possibilities.
The average vet bill for this is around $455.17.

Allergies
While Yorkies are one of the best breeds for owners with allergies due to their low-shedding, hypoallergenic coats, that doesn’t mean they themselves are immune to allergies of their own. The most common allergens for Yorkies are pollen, foods and flea bites, which can all lead to various health conditions if chronic allergies are left untreated.
The average vet bill for this is around $100.02.

Conjunctivitis
All dog breeds are susceptible to conjunctivitis (pink eye), so it’s no surprise we see so much of it in a breed as popular as the Yorkshire Terrier. Just like with humans, the most common symptoms are discharge, pink coloration, excessive blinking and inflammation. Luckily, pink eye is usually a minor health issue with a low cost of treatment.
The average vet bill for this is around $83.29.

Urinary Tract Infection
Yorkies are more prone to the various health issues like bladder stones that cause UTIs than many other breeds. Symptoms can include anything from cloudy urine to depression and lethargy.
The average vet bill for this is around $222.84.

Colitis
This is a broad term that can refer to any affliction of the colon that results in diarrhea which is, in extreme cases, bloody or full of mucus. Colitis is especially prominent in Yorkies, but the causes are variable; anything from dietary indiscretion to stress to worms can be the culprit.
The average vet bill for this is around $170.97.

Mass
This term refers to any seemingly unnatural skin growth which most pets inevitably develop at some point in their lives. For the majority of small toy breeds, these growths are harmless. Yorkies, however, are an exception, as cancer is their second leading cause of death. Still, half of all cancers are curable if caught early, making regular checkups and surgical removals even more imperative.
The average vet bill for this is around $225.42, while the cost for mass removal is $460.51.

Maintaining the health and well-being of your furry companion can often be an expensive undertaking. Fortunately, there are many affordable and flexible pet insurance plans that can help you reduce costs and ensure the continued safety your four-legged friend deserves.

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