Important Health Information

Poisonous Foods (Do Not Feed These)

  • Alcohol 
  • Baby Food (can contain onion powder) 
  • Broccoli (in large amounts) 
  • Chocolate (contains Theobromine, Turns a dog's liver into jelly) 
  •  Cigarettes, tobacco, cigars 
  • Citrus oil
  •  Coffee grounds, beans & tea (caffeine) 
  • Fat trimmings (Can cause pancreatitis). 
  • Hops (used in home brewing) 
  • Human vitamins containing iron (can damage the lining of the digestive system) 
  • Large amounts of liver 
  • Macadamia Nuts/Walnuts (any nuts really.  Peanuts are OK)
  • Moldy/spoiled foods 
  • Mushrooms 
  • Nutmeg 
  • Onions & garlic 
  • Pear pips, the kernels of plums, peaches and apricots, apple core pips (contain cyanogenic glycosides resulting in cyanide poisoning) 
  • Potato peelings and green looking potatoes
  • Raisins and grapes (damages the kidneys) 
  • Raw fish 
  • Raw Potatoes 
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Tomato leaves & stems (green parts) 
  • Turkey skin 
  • Voltarin (in arthritis medication)-Very Fatal 
  • Yeast dough
  • Artificial Sweeteners of any kind


What to do if your Biewer is poisoned


  1. - Don’t panic. Rapid response is important, but panicking can interfere with the process of helping your dog.
  2. - Collect and have at hand any material involved. If need to take your pet to a local veterinarian, be sure to take the product’s container with you. Also, collect in a sealable plastic bag any material your dog may have vomited or chewed.
  3. - If you witness your dog consuming material that you suspect might be toxic, do not hesitate to seek emergency assistance, even if you do not notice any adverse effects. Sometimes, even if poisoned, a dog may appear normal for several hours or for days after the incident.
  4. -Be ready with the following information:
    -- the species, breed, age, sex, weight and number of animals involved
    -- the animal’s symptoms
    -- information regarding the exposure, including the agent (if known), the amount of the agent involved and the time elapsed since the time of exposure.
  5. -Have the product container/packaging available for reference.
  6. -If your animal is having seizures, losing consciousness,   take your dog immediately to your local veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic. 
  7. -Invest in an emergency first-aid kit for your pet. 
  8. Take the Red Cross Dog and Cat First Aid Class  BEFORE you need it. (Click: Available here)

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Vaccinations

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.)


  • 9 - 10 weeks of age
  • Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV 
  • e.g. Merck Nobivac (Intervet Progard) Puppy DPV
  • 14 – 15 weeks of age
  • Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV
  • 18 weeks of age
  • Parvovirus only, MLV
  • Note: New research states that last puppy parvovirus vaccine should be at 18 weeks old.
  • 20 weeks or older, if allowable by law
  • Rabies – give 3-4 weeks apart from other vaccines
  • Mercury-free (thimerosol-free, TF)
  • 1 year old
  • Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV
  • This is an optional booster or titer. If the client intends not to booster after this optional booster or intends to retest titers in another three years, this optional booster at puberty is wise.
  • 1 year old
  • Rabies – give 3-4 weeks apart from other vaccines
  • 3-year product if allowable by law; mercury-free (TF)
  • Perform vaccine antibody titers for distemper and parvovirus every three years thereafter, or more often, if desired. Vaccinate for rabies virus according to the law, except where circumstances indicate that a written waiver needs to be obtained from the primary care veterinarian. In that case, a rabies antibody titer can also be performed to accompany the waiver request.


Health Risks

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.


Sensitive Stomach

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. 


Distichiae

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.


Legge-Calve-Perthes Syndrome

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:


Limping

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.


Luxating Patella

Amore Biewers gets all breeding dogs certified through the OFA foundation to ensure this does not occur.

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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.


Portosystemic Shunt

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.


Hypoglycemia

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.


Malocclusions

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.

Harness? Treats? More.

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.


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