Is Pet Insurance Worth it For Your Yorkshire Terrier?
- Breathing problems: Yorkies have short snouts that can restrict airflow, and if the condition is severe enough surgery may be required to reconstruct the airway.
- Bronchitis: the airways of Yorkies, like those of people, can become obstructed by fluid or inhaled objects, resulting in a cough. If the cough persists more than a day or two, consult your veterinarians, who can administer drugs to treat infections and relax the bronchial tubes.
- Lymphangiectasia: this condition results from improper functioning of the lymphatic system, which can result in inflammation and hypertension that can have secondary effects on the intestines and heart. Symptoms include diarrhea and vomiting, weight loss and edema in the legs and body. Diagnosis is made based on biopsies of the affected tissue; treatment includes special diets and oral administration of steroids and other drugs.
- Portosystemic shunt: Also called liver shunts, this congenital condition, which disproportionately afflicts smaller breeds occurs when a blood vessel misdirects blood so that it bypasses flowing through the liver. Toxic compounds may therefore form accretions in the kidneys and/or circulatory system. Affected dogs may be lethargic and eat and drink abnormally. Treatment includes medication and special diets.
Finding the Best Pet Insurance for Yorkshire Terriers
Sadly, even the most conscientious breeders cannot guarantee that a puppy will not develop congenital and hereditary illnesses like these. In addition, these dogs react poorly to anesthetics, which can complicate treatment by making surgery difficult or impossible.
Some pet insurance plans cover up to 90% of your Yorkie’s vet bill if an accident or illness occurs.
Petplan, Embrace, Healthy Paws… How do I Choose the Best Plan?
See if pet insurance can help you manage medical costs and find best care for your Yorkie.
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