How To Spot The Most Common Yorkie Health Problems

common yorkie health problems

Hi, all. Thanks for visiting the blog today. I am discussing how to spot the most common Yorkie health problems to look out for.

Yorkies are prone to a variety of health issues. The conditions could be inherited but may also be congenital or acquired.

Even when experienced breeders check for any genetic diseases that could come down from parents to puppies it's no guarantee that there will not be problems. That's because genes often skip a few generations.

Common Yorkie Health Problems

Most common Yorkie health problems are not life threatening. Some can get more serious if left untreated. It's smart to recognize the symptoms of some of the more common Yorkie health problems. It will help you spot problems as soon as they occur. This will usually allow a much quicker diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.


Hypoglycemia is a fast drop of blood sugar levels. this is one of those very common Yorkie health problems that usually occur when the puppy is younger than four months

Adult Yorkie dogs do sometimes get hypoglycemia, but it's rare. Severe liver disease or a complicated pregnancy might cause this in adult Yorkshire Terriers.

The proper functioning of just about every element of your Yorkie puppy depends on proper sugar balance.Once Hypoglycemia develops, it's important to act quickly.

What Causes Hypoglycemia?

Factors like stress, a general lack of nutrition and puppies born smaller than normal can bring this about but this can occur with any Yorkshire Terrier puppy. Look out for weariness, trembling, fainting, disoriented behavior, seizures and anxiety or tremors.

Your veterinarian will give your Yorkie puppy a warm dextrose solution injected subcutaneously and your dog might need to be put on a drip to be stabilized. Adult dogs get a small high fat/high protein meals through the day.

Retinal Dysplasia

Retinal Dysplasia is an infection of the retina in your dog’s eye. It's usually inherited. When this thin layer of tissue gets infected vision problems will occur. In chronic cases, blindness may result.

In milder cases, an owner might not notice the problem and it will not be bad enough to effect the dogs daily life.

It's often picked up only when in a complete examination. If your little dog has retinal folds, this will only create small areas of blindness and she will cope just fine.

common yorkie health problems

Semi Blindness

In more severe cases, the dog's vision suffers. Your Dog may bump into objects, seem disoriented and stumble on stairways or navigating corners. Yorkshire Terriers have an incredible sense of smell and hearing and owners often take some time to notice that their dog is compensating for a loss of vision.

There's no treatment for this common Yorkie health problem at this time. The disease may lower your quality of life or even shorten the lifespan of your Yorkie.

Distichiae Eyelashes

Distichiae Eyelashes is where the eyelash grows out of a tear duct or the edge of the eye.

This is irritating for the dog and will lead to constant tearing, and inflammation of the eye. In some cases, it can lead to corneal abrasions and ulcers.

You can try plucking the offending eyelash manually and if it does not solve the problem you can take your dog to a vet and get it removed through electrolysis.

Liver Shunt

The most common Yorkie health problems can be acquired or even present when a dog is born.This disorder affects the blood flow. Blood gets diverted from the liver. This leads to a build-up of toxins in the blood.This then poisons the dog’s heart, brain, lungs and other organs with toxins.

Symptoms To Look Out For

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weak muscle development
  • Diminished ability to learn
  • Loss of coordination
  • Sporadic vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Behavioral Changes
  • Drooling
  • Seizures (this can happen especially after eating a large meal)
  • Loss of sight
  • Blood work will need to be done by your vet to look for high serum bile acid or an increase of fasting blood ammonia levels. Surgical treatment may be required or treatment with dietary protein restriction, antibiotics, and other medicines to help reduce ammonia production and absorption in the intestines.Enter your text here...

    ​Luxated Patella

    Luxated Patella is a disease of the hip-joint. The dog’s hip area begins to receive inadequate circulation of blood. The bone in the dog’s femur weakens and begins to collapse.

    The cartilage surrounding this can become cracked and malformed This usually occurs with puppies from 5 to 8 months old.

    Symptoms To Look Out For

  • Limping
  • A leg going lame
  • Signs of pain
  • For most dogs, this is not a problem and they are able to manage. They will tend to favor the leg that has this problem.

    In very severe cases surgery can be performed but the success rate is very low. The easiest way to find out if your Yorkie has this problem is to bend the leg while feeling the knee.If you feel it slipping then you've identified the problem.

    Collapsed Trachea

    Tracheal Collapse is a narrowing or collapsing of the trachea (windpipe). This can happen because the cartilage rings which hold the trachea soften due to a genetic weakness.

    This may also occur when a Yorkie dog is wearing a collar with a leash. If your dog should lunge forward or if you pull back a little too hard, the trachea rings may collapse in.

    Symptoms To Look Out For

  • Noisy breathing
  • Gagging sounds
  • Trouble breathing
  • A Cough
  • These symptoms are often easier to see immediately after exercise on a hot, humid day. In pretty bad cases, the dogs' gums turn blue. (because the dog can't breathe) Your Yorkie might faint.

    Treatment For A Collapsed Trachea

    Treatment will include efforts to ease the coughing and trauma to your doggy's airway. The Yorkie will have to be kept inside away from cold temperatures.

    A collar should never be fitted on a Yorkie that has had a collapsed trachea. Use a harness instead.

    If a Yorkie is overweight, a low-fat diet will help the dog lose weight. The vet will prescribe something that will reduce swelling.

    In very severe cases, surgery will necessary. Prognosis after surgery is good.

    Most dogs will be able to breathe quite normally and return to a normal lifestyle.

    One Last Thing

    Dogs with some of these common Yorkie health problems live long and healthy lives. Of course, it may end up costing you a packet in vet fees.

    Learning to pick up the symptoms of what could be serious Yorkie health issues can save your dog's life.

    Thanks for reading,

    Richard S.

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