A Biewer is a very small dog. Over vaccination can cause severe illness, known as vacinosis. It is very important that a Biewer is not given the same volume of vaccine as a big dog. For that reason, it is HIGHLY recommended that 1/2 dosage shots be administered ONLY. If your vet refuses to do this, find a new vet. Unfortunately, the law in some states does not allow 1/2 dosage rabies vaccination.
NEVER, give a Biewer two shots on the same day. Schedule multiple shots at least 3 or 4 days apart. Regardless of what the vet may say, too many shots on one day has caused adverse reactions in a number of Biewers.
Here are the recommendations from Amore Biewers. They are the recommendations from Dr. Jean Dodd's Pet Health Blog (Click here to see the blog.)
Every breed of dog has certain maladies that it is more prone to than others. The best way to avoid any of these issues is to have an annual vet check with a blood test.
Here are some of the more common issues one might find in a Biewer.
Please note that Amore Biewers does everything possible to avoid any and all genetically caused issues. Our dogs are tested, certified, and have no genetic illness in any of their ancestors going back five generations.
The one health issue the breed is most prone to suffer from is a sensitive stomach, which means these little dogs need to be fed a well planned and carefully balanced diet to avoid upset tummies.
Amore Biewers has never seen an incidence of this.
This is a painful eye disorder where too many eyelashes grow around a dog's eyelid which typically sees two hairs growing out of the same follicle. If left untreated, the dog's cornea becomes ulcerated which could end up causing permanent damage to their vision. Early treatment is a must to prevent any damage being done.
Amore Biewers has never seen an incidence of this.
Legg-Perthes disease affects the hip joint and is caused by an inadequate amount of blood reaching it. This results in the dog's femur bone weakening and the end result is that it collapses due to the cartilage around the joint becoming malformed or cracked. Clinical signs of a problem are quite obvious and includes the following:
Pain and discomfort
Vets typically take X-rays to establish whether a dog is suffering from the condition before recommending the right sort of treatment or therapy.
Amore Biewers gets all breeding dogs certified through the OFA foundation to ensure this does not occur.
This is a condition that affects a dog's kneecaps where they become dislocated or slightly out of position. Although it is an hereditary condition that Biewer Terriers often suffer from, trauma and injury can also cause Luxating Patella. If the condition is very severe, a vet would recommend surgery to correct the problem.
Amore Biewers aggressively pursues information about our breeding dogs to prevent this awful genetic disease. Amore Biewers has never had an incidence of this.
Portosystemic shunt is a hereditary abnormality which affects the liver and blood. In severe cases, blood flow totally bypasses the liver allowing it to flow through the entire body which results in the unfiltered blood poisoning vital organs, namely the heart, lungs and brains. If you suspect your pet may be suffering from the condition, you should get them to the vet so a correct diagnosis can be made followed by the right treatment as soon as possible.
Hypoglycaemia is a health issue that affects many toy breeds including the Biewer. Puppies up to the age of 4 months old are more usually affected by the condition which is why it's important to watch out for any symptoms during the first few months of their lives.
However, older dogs too can develop hypoglycaemia, although this is quite rare which is lucky because there are certain complications that can make the condition much harder to treat when dogs develop hypoglycaemia later on in their lives.
Very young and smaller Biewers tend to suffer from the condition if they are not fed at regular intervals throughout the day. Amore Biewers recommends free feeding--like you would with cats. Always have some kibble available.
If you see your dog being particularly listless, take a tube of Nutri-Cal and squeeze out an amount about equal to the length of one of your pointer fingers up to the first joint. Then rub this on the roof of the dog's mouth. Wait 20 minutes. If the dog is not revived in 20 minutes, take him to the vet. If the dog is revived in 20 minutes or sooner, give him something to eat. If he refuses his favorite food, take him to the vet.
Just like quite a few other smaller terriers, the Biewer tends to retain their milk teeth. This is when their adult teeth cannot break through correctly which results in teeth not sitting properly in a dog's mouth. Many Biewers need to have a few baby teeth removed by a vet at their one year check up.
If you have any questions or concerns to not hesitate to call Amore Biewers.
Dog collars on Biewers can be cute. But NEVER use one for going on a walk. The small dogs have small neck muscles and their trachea can be easily injured (collapsed trachea). this can be life threatening. Use a harness instead for going on walks.
Treats are wonderful! All Amore Biewers know the siren song of "Cookie Time!" However, when it comes to chews, there are things to be mindful of. All dogs need to chew, and giving him something healthy to chew is important.
Not all chews are good for these small dogs. Some treats can be chewed into little pieces which then clog up the dog's intestines. This is life threatening, painful, and expensive to fix. Make sure you give them chews that are COMPRESSED rawhide, Bully Sticks, Hard Rubber or Nylabone. NEVER give then regular rawhide, or a chew that can be easily chewed into small pieces..
More information on this, fences, and a myriad of other topics is available in Amore Biewer's puppy book.