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Cairn Terriers are small dogs that are very popular with small dog breed owners. These dogs are playful and very affectionate, making them great for families or single people. These dogs love attention, running, and playing.
Common Health Issues In Cairn Terrier
Most Cairn Terriers are very healthy. Some of the few genetic and health conditions that could be seen in Cairn Terrier are:
- Patella Luxation: Many small breed dogs have luxating patellas. This occurs when their knee caps pop in and out of place. It can cause your dog to need surgery to help keep their knee caps in place and prevent arthritis.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): This eye diseases cause gradual deterioration of your dog's retina. When the disease starts, your dog may only seem blind at night. As the disease progresses, they will also lose their eyesight during the day. Many dogs will quickly adapt to their limited or lost vision as long as their surroundings remain the same.
- Hypothyroidism: This occurs when your dog has low thyroid levels. These dogs tend to sleep more and usually have an enlarged abdomen. Most dogs with hypothyroidism can easily be treated with daily medication.
All of these issues will need constant care and monitoring to help keep your Cairn Terrier healthy and happy. If you notice anything wrong with your Cairn Terrier, they should see a vet right away. Some issues can be life-threatening.
Pet Health Insurance for your Cairn Terrier
If you are looking for pet health insurance for your Cairn Terrier, you should ensure that many health issues commonly seen in Cairn Terrier are covered. You will also want to find insurance with 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 Cairn 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 Cairn Terrier!
Medically Reviewed by Sara Ochoa, DVM