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Australian Terrier Pet Insurance
Australian Terriers are small yet sturdy dogs first bred for hunting but have become popular family dogs due to their size. They are very active and love to run and play. These dogs are usually healthy and live long lives.
Common Health Issues In Australian Terrier
Most Australian Terriers are very healthy. Some of the few genetic and health conditions that could be seen in Australian Terriers are:
- Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease: This disease causes the blood supply to the head of the femur to be creased, causing the bone to disintegrate. At first, you may notice that your dog is limping and the leg is atrophied. Surgery is usually done to correct the condition, helping your dog live a pain-free life.
- Epilepsy: Australian Terriers can be epileptic. This is a disease that can cause your dog to have seizures. Epilepsy can easily be treated and managed with daily medication but cannot be cured. Many dogs with epilepsy can live a long and healthy life.
- ACL Injuries: ACL injuries are common in this breed. ACL is the ligament in the knee that helps keep the two bones together. This is usually a sudden injury where your dog is now not walking on that one leg. Once your dog has damaged the ACL in one knee, they are also more predisposed to damaging the one in the other. This injury usually requires surgery to correct and can be a very costly procedure.
All of these issues will need constant care and monitoring to help keep your Australian Terrier healthy and happy. If you notice anything wrong with your Australian Terrier, they should see a vet right away. Some issues can be life-threatening.
Pet Health Insurance for your Australian Terrier
If you are looking for pet health insurance for your Australian Terrier, you should ensure that many health issues that are commonly seen in Australian Terriers are covered. You will also want to find insurance that has short waiting times on treatment and surgery. If you prolong these procedures, your dog could have permeant health issues.
Certain health conditions are often considered genetic or are pre-existing conditions and may not be covered for your Australian Terrier.
You could also consider enrolling in Pet Assure, a veterinary discount plan that is a low-cost pet insurance alternative. This plan has no exclusions due to age, breed, or hereditary conditions. Even pre-existing conditions are covered! Get a quote today. It's perfect for Australian Terrier!
Medically Reviewed by Sara Ochoa, DVM