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The cairn terrier is a lusty chap who usually sees the vet only for vaccinations or for treatment of minor injuries. As it is true for other pedigree dogs or hybrids or other living creatures, he can get ill. Hereditary Diseases typical for this race are not known. In Britain, the following diseases are registered to occur in this and other terrier breeds:  
  • Cleft Palate
  • Craniomandibular Osteapathy (CMO)
  • Epilepsy
  • Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy (GCL)
  • Krabbe`s Disease
  • Heart Mumurs
  • Patella Luxation
  • Pigmentary Glaucoma
  • Portosystemic Shunt (Liver Shunt)
  • progressive Nephropathie (Kidneyproblems)

To prevent illnesses from becoming hereditary, it is required that breeders notify each other of their occurence and ban affected animals from breeding. Thanks to modern diagnostic technology the breeder has nowadays the possibility to screen his stock. Therefore, we consider it to be very important to know the grandparents, great uncles and aunts and other relatives of our dogs to know the healt of their ancestors. 

Our dogs are screened for hip displasia by x-ray, for patella luxation and by laboratory tests for metabolism problems to make sure to have cairn terriers which are, as far as possible, free of hereditary diseases.

Last Updated ( Samstag, 05 November 2011 )