Health Concerns

Like many highly developed dogs, Airedales as a dog breed suffer numerous health issues. The more common Airedale Terrier health issues include: Dermatitis, Alopecia (Seasonal), Corneal Dystrophy, Cutaneous Hemangioma, Cutaneous Melanoma, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Demodectic Mange, Distichiasis, Entropion, Hemophilia B, Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Lymphoma, Lymphosarcoma, Nasal Tumours, Pannus, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and von Willebrand’s Disease. Some of these are further explained below.

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Please note however, the fact that the Airedale Terrier as a breed may be susceptible to these illnesses does not necessarily mean that your Airedale puppy will develop any of them. We list them here purely as a guide only.

Hip Dysplasia
Hip dysplasia is the most common inherited orthopaedic disease in dogs. This progressive disease affects many of the larger dog breeds including the Airedale Terrier.

A congenital medical condition, Entropion can be found in many dog breeds, including Airedale Terriers. It results in the eyelids folding inwards and causing discomfort when the eyelashes constantly rub against the cornea. Providing it is noticed early enough before the cornea is damaged, this condition can be treated by a relatively simple operation in which the excess skin of the outer eyelid is removed.

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