Yorkie Health Problems

Common health problems that may be found in Yorkies (Yorkshire Terriers) are typical health problems that affect small breed dogs, such as patellar luxation, tracheal collapse, and hypoglycemia. In addition, yorkies are prone to liver shunt, some eye problems (such as entropion, dry eye, retinal dysplasia), and legg-calve-perthes disease.

The Yorkshire Terrier, commonly known as the Yorkie, is active, playful, intelligent, alert, and independent. He is also willing to please and a very devoted companion. Despite his small size, he is always more than willing to protect his family.

Common Yorkie Health Problems

Yorkie Yorkies tend to have sensitive skin. The most common type of skin conditions that Yorkies have include skin allergies caused by seasonal pollen, pollution, and food. Their coats may get very dry due to scratching and biting and eventually leading to massive hair loss.

Also, many Yorkies have a sensitive stomach and eating foods outside of a regular diet may cause vomiting or diarrhea. It is important, therefore, to feed Yorkies a regular diet. If you need to switch to another type of food, be sure to make the switch gradually over a period of 7 to 10 days. The Yorkie's stomach is also sensitive to the environment and changes. They are prone to diarrhea or vomiting when there is a sudden change in the environment or daily routine.

Besides the above, the Yorkies are, generally speaking, a relatively healthy breed. However, like all other breeds, Yorkies are susceptible to several inherited diseases, including:

  • Hypoglycemia
  • Certain Eye Problems, such as retinal dysplasia, dry eye, and entropion
  • Tracheal Collapse
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Liver Shunt, which may cause seizures
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease (LCP), which is a problem of the hip joints of young (4 to 12 months), small-breed dogs such as the Yorkies. With LCP, the head of the femur begins to degenerate and disintegrate causing limping, pain, and eventually, arthritis. Treatment of the condition is dependent on the severity of the symptoms. If diagnosed early and the symptoms are mild, enforced rest (such as putting the hind leg in a sling for a period of time) may be sufficient to allow healing. In more severe cases, surgical removal of the damaged head of the femur is the only treatment. This procedure effectively eliminates the source of the pain, and the affected dog should have a good quality of life thereafter.

Health Supplements for Yorkies

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Recommendations for Your Yorkie!

Nature's Herbs for Pets Joint Relief for Dogs

Use this Chinese herbal formula for your Yorkie if s/he shows stiffness and pain due to inflammation and stiffness of the joints.

Nature's Herbs for Pets Respiratory Relief for Dogs

Coughing caused by problems like tracheal collapse can be soothed and eased by this herbal formula as it eases breathing, reduces mucous production and clears it from the lungs.

Doc Ackerman's Epilepsy & Seizure Formula for Dogs and Cats

Use this excellent herbal formula for dogs prone to seizures. It contains nerve-calming and nourishing herbs such as chamomile, ginseng, passion flower, St.-John's wort, valerian root, etc.

Ark Naturals Eyes So Bright for Dogs and Cats

Yorkies suffering from eye problems such as dry eye can find relief by using this eyewash, which not only cleans the eyes but also promotes healing of sore, inflamed, and infected eyes.


  • Canada's Guide to Dogs (http://www.canadasguidetodogs.com/yorkshire.htm)
  • Canine Inherited Disorder Database (ttp://www.upei.ca/~cidd/intro.htm)
  • Dog Breed Facts - Hereditary Diseases (http://www.dog-breed-facts.com/articles/hereditary-diseases.html)