Common health problems in Boston Terriers
Generally speaking the Boston Terrier is prone to developing a plethora of health issues. So… if you are parenting a Boston Terrier it means you will have to spend a lot of time at the vet’s office.
Boston Terriers are likely to develop dermatological conditions such as generalized demodicosis (caused by parasitic infestation), pattern baldness and pinnal alopecia (both manifested with significant hair loss) and skin allergies or atopic dermatitis (often triggered by certain types of foods).
Boston Terriers can also suffer from a gastrointestinal condition known as pyloric stenosis. This condition is characterized by narrowing of the stomach’s pyloric portion and often causes irregular digestion manifested with bloats and excessive gassiness.
Because of their overly active lifestyles, Boston Terriers often exhibit musculoskeletal issues such as elbow or patellar luxation. Once these issues develop, the dog’s movements will be significantly limited.
More often than not, Boston Terriers have ocular problems like glaucoma (increased intraocular pressure) and cataract (blurring of the cornea). Glaucoma causes severe pain and if left untreated results in blindness while cataract is more common among older members of this breed.
Boston Terriers are prone to a neurological problem known as congenital deafness. Due to irregularities during the fetal formation, individuals with congenital deafness are born with no hearing sense.
Pregnant Boston Terriers often experience dystocia (inability to give birth naturally). Instead, more often than not, Boston Terriers need a surgical intervention – Cesarean section.
Last but not least, all Boston Terriers suffer from the so called brachycephalic syndrome. The brachycephalic syndrome includes several anatomical abnormalities which ultimately result in impaired or labored breathing.
The Boston Terrier’s nutritional needs – what to use and what to avoid?
You cannot choose the ideal diet for your Boston Terrier without considering several factors such as age, size, metabolism and activity level. For example, as small-breed dogs, Boston Terriers have fast metabolisms with high energy requirements. In a nutshell, adult Boston Terriers require 660 calories per day while Boston Terrier puppies need around 436 calories per day.
Generally speaking, when choosing a dog food for Boston Terriers, choose small-sized kibble with high-quality animal protein as ingredient number one. On the other hand, gun for grain free dog food for Boston Terriers. Most grains such as wheat, corn, soy and rice are used as fillers and tend to cause digestive issues manifested with excessive gassiness.
Preventing obesity in Boston Terriers
The ideal height at withers for both female and male Boston Terriers is 15-17’’ (38-43cm) and the ideal weight is between 10-25Ibs (5-11kg). To maintain this ideal body weight Boston Terriers should be supervised during meal times. If fed ad libidum they are very gluttonous and more often than not tend to overeat. Frequent overeating leads to obesity and obesity both triggers certain health issues and aggravates other pre-existing health conditions.
Same as humans, dogs become obese if they eat too much or if they lack physical activity. Therefore, making a proper diet plan is not enough. To maintain your Boston Terrier’s body weight in the optimal range, you must implement a physical activity regime.
When talking about proper diet plan, there are two main things to consider:
- Table scraps should be avoided at all times. Not only they are not nutritionally balanced but they can also be toxic.
- Treats should only be used as occasional rewards and not as a staple in your boston terrier’s diet.