Dogs' health

 Below you can find details abot our dogs' health and X-ray examinations.
You can get to know about hip displasia, patellar luxation, methods of diagnosis and degenerative changes that could appear in dog's organism.
There are external links relating to articles about health of Cairn and Norwich Terriers, including interesting data about hereditary diseases.
We present also a summary from The World Cairn Terrier Symposium, which took place in Sweden, 2008.

Why do we test our dogs about hip displasia and patellar luxation?

  The answer is obvious: to gain knowledge about the health of our dogs in order to be a reponsible breeder.
  We can explain it even more simple: before you open the box it is difficult to guess what is inside.
  Not all dogs show that something hurts.
  What's more: not all observators are experienced enough to discover the health problem.
  That's why it is risky to relay only on our own observations. In this aim we use knowledge of vet specialists,
  who can test our dogs in reliable way.
  Please note: not all vets are able to test dogs about hip displasia and patellar luxation. Only few of them in
  Poland are qualified by Polish Kennel Club for testing and signing documents.
  Our dogs are tested by vet specialist dr Jan Siembieda ( Surgeon Cathedra and Hospital at Veterinary
  Department of Agricultural Academy in Wrocław).
  The health documentation of our dogs is available for our customers.
  We would like to underline that since we have decided to test our dogs we breed dogs only with results
  HD-A and PL-0. These results mean free of disorder, in perfect condition and make possible to almost
  exclude disease in next generation.
  Also it is important to note that tests about hip displasia and patellar luxation - due to rules of Polish Kennel
  Club - are not obligatory for cairn terriers and norwich terriers.
  Probably that's why we are the only one breeders of cairn terriers and norwich terriers in Poland who are
  testing health of the dogs.

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dr Jan Siembieda wpisujący wyniki badań do rodowodów01.10.2008. - dr Jan Siembieda is writing
the results in pedigrees


1st October 2008 - examinations of our dogs' hip joints and patellas

Three of our females: cairns
(Alta Carya RONYA, Hjohoo`s HJO MAKE THE RIGHT STUFF)
and norwich terrier DOBROCHNA ALTA CARYA Zamlicze
has been examinated by dr Jan Siembieda,
a vet authorised by Polish Kennel Club.
All three females got following results:
patellas PL-0/0, hip joints HD: A/A,
what means that their patellas are not susceptible
to luxations and their hip joints are free from hip dysplasia.

 The list of dogs connected with Alta Carya, who has been examinated:

CAIRN TERRIER
    Alta Carya FCI TYMON: PL-0/0, HD: A/A
    Alta Carya FCI TEKLA: PL-0/0
    Alta Carya FCI TYTUS: PL-0/0, HD: B/B
    Alta Carya FCI WERWA: PL-0/0, HD: A/A
    Alta Carya FCI HOT CHOCOLATE ;PL-0/0, HD: C/C
    Alta Carya FCI MILLION DOLLAR BABY: PL-0/0, HD: A/A
    Hjohoo`s CONNECTION FOREVER HJOUNG (Nils):  PL-0/0
    Hjohoo`s HJO MAKE THE RIGHT STUFF: PL-0/0, HD: A/A
    Alta Carya RONYA:  PL-0/0, HD: A/A
    Alta Carya AGAWA:  PL-0/0
    Alta Carya FCI IULIUS CAESAR:  PL-0/0
    CARYA z Akacjowej Ulicy (Marysia):   PL-0/0, HD: A/A
    Cairn Bries CUTE WILLY:  PL-0/0, HD-A;

NORWICH TERRIER
     Alta Carya FCI DOBRA NASZA: PL-0/0, HD: A/A
    DOBROCHNA ALTA CARYA Zamlicze:  PL-0/0, HD: A/A

AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIERE TERRIER
    MAGIC CARYA Satanela   HD: A/A
    Alta Carya EL BOMBERO NUX   HD/A; i w kierunku dysplazji łokciowej (ED) z wynikiem prawy-"O", lewy-"O"
    Alta Carya ULYSSES   HD: A/A
    Alta Carya URSA MAIOR   HD: C/C, ED: 0/0
    Alta Carya URSA MINOR   HD: E/E, ED: 0/0
    Alta Carya FENDER STRATOCASTER   HD: C/C, ED: 2/2; przeszedł także pomyślnie testy psychiczne - results
    Alta Carya CHIEF QUANNAH PARKER   HD:B/C ED: 2/2 według skali dla psów 3,5-letnich oraz starszych;
    Black Magic's TORPEDO   HD: B1/B1 ED: 1/1

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 HIP DYSPLASIA

Read more here:
Wikipedia
Hip Dysplasia in Dogs: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

According to Polish Kennel Club requirements for cairn, norwich and american staffordshire terriers , the hip joint examination is not obligatory to qualify the dog for breeding.

Only authorised vets can interpret the X-ray examinations. At present there are only few people licensed ( here you can see the list).

Proper hip joints in dogs

Scale of results (each of joints can be rated differently):

- HD A - joint free from dysplasia, ideal
- HD B - joint not ideal, but free from dysplasia
- HD C - joint with slight dysplasia
- HD D - joint with medium dysplasia
- HD E - joint with deep dysplasia





Example of correct hip joints

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 PATELLAR LUXATION

Read more here:
Luxating Patella
What is patellar luxation?
Working Dogs - Health Articles

According to Polish Kennel Club requirements for cairn, norwich and american staffordshire terriers , the hip joint examination is not obligatory to qualify the dog for breeding.

Only authorised vets can interpret the X-ray examinations. At present there are only few people licensed ( here you can see the list).

Proper knee patella in a dog Scale of results (each of patellas can be rated differently)

- PL-0 - free from patellar luxation
- PL-1 - slight luxation
- PL-2- moderate luxation
- PL-3- medium luxation
- PL-4 - advanced luxation

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 Cairn Terrier - information about health and disease

Click here to read the description of hereditary diseases found in the Cairn Terrier breed.
Data made available to the University of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

 Norwich Terrier - information about health and disease

Click here to read the description of hereditary diseases found in the Norwich Terrier breed.
Data provided by the University of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

    NORWICH TERRIER - health information - Data provided by the Norwich Terrier Club of America

    Cairn terriers tend to gain weight. It is from the start line to take care of our dog. Other symptoms are flea allergy dermatitis, or other skin allergies, also caused by improper food. There are hereditary heart disease, eye, and polycystic kidney disease.

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     HEALTH

    Click here to learn more about Cairns' inherited diseases. Datas published by University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Canada.

    Click here to learn more about Norwich' inherited diseases. Datas published by University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Canada.

    Report To The Norwich Terrier Club of America - Datas published by Norwich Terrier Club of America

    Cairns tend to be overweighted, be careful about feeding them. They can suffer from skin allergies caused by flees or food

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     The World Cairn Terrier Symposium

    On 4th July 2008 in Eskilstuna The World Cairn Terrier Symposium took place. The health was the most discussed topic.
    During presentation od national clubs, the participants coulg get to know the results of polls, received from owners.
    Generally, participants agreed, that the breed is in good health condition. Of course, it's not free from hereditary diseases, but they are slightly dangerous. The mental health of cairn terriers has been rated as very good or good. The questionated often described their dogs as brave, joyful, friendly, sociable and tender.The problems pointed by owners were: excessive barking and the fear of shots and rumbles.
    According to physical health data, the most common problems are: cutaneous diseases, (from 5,5% to 21% contingently upon the country) and patellar luxation (from 1,2% to 4,8% contingently upon the country). Other occuring diseases are: joint degenerations, Legg Perthes, renal, cardiac, hepatic and ophtal diseases, hip dysplasia. Old dogs sometimes suffer from ophtal diseases, problems with prostate and diabetes.