Though Boston Terriers are short in stature and compact in build, their personalities are anything but small. Originally bred as fighting dogs, these terriers are highly intelligent and demonstrate strength and determination unmatched by many larger breeds. Boston Terriers are very active but require only a moderate amount of daily exercise. They also respond quickly to training which makes them an easy pet to care for. This breed is generally black and white in color with a short, smooth coat that requires little grooming. Gentle and friendly in temperament, the Boston Terrier makes an excellent companion.
Due to their compact structure and small size, Boston Terriers are a species prone to several health concerns including patellar luxation, brachycephalic syndrome and eye problems. Pet insurance may help you cover treatment and medications for these conditions.
The compact structure of Boston Terriers leads to many orthopedic problems like patellar luxation, a condition in which the patella, or knee cap, moves out of its normal position. If left untreated, this condition can lead to osteoarthritis, pain and difficulty walking. Treatments for this condition typically involve reconstructive knee surgery which can cost between $1,200 and $4,000 per leg.
Brachycephalic syndrome is common in Boston Terriers because they have such small heads. Common symptoms of this condition include loud or labored breathing, frequent gagging, syncope (or fainting) and overheating. Treatments for this condition range from the administration of oxygen or anti-inflammatory medications to surgically shortening the nostril to increase airflow. Surgical treatments can cost between $1,000 and $2,000 and medical treatments may cost under $100 per application.
Because the eyes of Boston Terriers protrude slightly from the head, they are subject to a number of health concerns including corneal ulcers, glaucoma, cherry eye and cataracts. Corneal ulcers typically result from eye injuries and, if surgery becomes necessary, it can cost upwards of $1,000. Glaucoma results from built-up pressure in the eye and if surgery is needed to relieve the pressure, costs may range from $2,000 to $4,000. Cherry eye, a condition involving the enlargement of the gland under the dog’s eye lid, can be reduced by a veterinarian for under $100 or the gland can be surgically removed for between $300 and $700. Boston Terriers are also prone to developing cataracts which, if untreated, can lead to blindness. Surgical repairs cost between $1,000 and $1,500.
Other Health Concerns
In addition to these conditions, about 8% of Boston Terriers exhibit some degree of hip dysplasia. In extreme cases, total hip replacement surgery may be necessary to repair the damage – this can cost as much as $3,000 per hip. Boston Terriers are also among the breeds which most frequently develop mast cell tumors, or mastocytoma. Cancer treatments can cost between $3,000 and $5,000, or more if extended treatment becomes necessary.
Disclaimer: Symptoms, conditions, and costs may vary. Consult a licensed veterinarian to inquire about treatment options and cost of care for your particular situation. Check actual coverage and benefits for your dog to determine whether you will be covered by pet insurance.