Whether you are starting to look for a Boston of your own or already have one, it’s a good idea to know the common health problems you may encounter throughout your dog’s life. Since many of them are genetic, it’s definitely important to make sure any breeder you are considering has done the necessary tests. If you are rescuing, knowing these potential issues can help you know what to watch for in your new best friend so you can get him to the vet when he needs attention. The following are the top 3 health concerns for your Boston Terrier.
#1 — Eye Problems
Boston Terriers have over twenty eye problems associated with the breed. Some of the bigger ones include cataracts, corneal ulcers and glaucoma. Many of them, including juvenile cataracts, are genetic and something breeders can test for before breeding dogs. Make sure any breeder you are thinking about getting a puppy from has done these tests. Otherwise, find another breeder.
#2 — Hemivertebrae
The defining face and tail features of the Boston Terrier that we all know and love are technically deformities. The tail, especially, is caused by abnormally shaped tail bones. These abnormalities can occur in other parts of the spine, causing all kinds of issues including pinching along the spinal column, loss of hind leg function, and incontinence. Before you buy, ask a breeder if any of their dogs have had these issues (both the breeding dogs as well as the offspring). It can lead to complete paralysis and death.
#3 — Luxating Patella
Luxating Patellas are common in many breeds, and the Boston terrier is no exception. Again, most occurrences are congenital, so ask the breeder about this as well. Surgery is often performed to correct this health problem. It can limit what your Boston is physically capable of and can be expensive to treat.