Although the Boston terrier is endowed with a long life expectancy, there are certain health related problems that this breed faces. However, these are not complicated or serious. If you shower love and care and take good care of them they are certain to live a life full of health and happiness.
Superficially, this breed can suffer from allergic Dermatitis along with mites. Some problems related to orthopedic can also be found in the Boston terriers. In many Boston terriers abnormal conditions affecting the eyes have also been observed. Along with these, the respiratory problems, physical conformation of the facial bones are some of the common problems that can be seen.
Cataracts: This degenerative condition can lead to blindness if not treated at the right time. This problem often occurs in old dogs. The problem can be detected easily. If you see flecks in the eyes of the dog, which are white, grey or bluish then you must know that the dog is suffering from cataracts.
Corneal ulcers: Protruding eyes are one of the characteristics of the Boston terriers. But many also catch dust particles from the environment that can cause irritation or reddening of the eye. This may lead to infection if left untreated or form corneal ulcers.
The Patellar Luxation is a condition that means dislocation of the knee. This condition can be manifested by the limping or whining of the dog. Sometimes the dog stops to stretch its rear legs. Although the condition is genetic in nature, it must be treated or the dog might suffer from cartilage damage or arthritis.
Skin problems such as allergic Dermatitis are one of the most common ailments in Boston terriers. In such allergic conditions, the dog needs to get a test done for allergy testing that is conducted by a dermatologist. Such problems may occur due to food allergy, or allergy towards insect bite, or weather. Mites too affect the dog and pose a problem to the skin. The mites are microscopic organisms that thrive in the skin of the dog and cause itchiness and loss of hair. Remember, this problem can easily pass on from one dog to another. Therefore care must be taken and a regular check up with the veterinarian is must.
If your dog snores, snots or snuffles, then your dog has respiratory problems. Abnormality in the upper respiratory system can lead to problems like partial obstruction or resistance in larynx or the nose.