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Things you can do to enhance/maintain your Scottie’s health


1).  Prevent Exposure to Herbicides and Pesticides in Lawns and Gardens.
Keep your dog off of any lawn, public or private, if you don’t know whether it has been treated with chemicals. This unfortunately means almost all public lawns, and many public parks. Some hotels treat carpets and other fabrics with pesticides. Read Purdue University research, recommending that Scottie owners keep their dogs away from areas treated by pesticides.  Click this link

2).  Control Weight and Carbohydrates
There is a correlation between carbohydrates and cancer. Keep carbohydrates to a bare minimum. Keep your pet at a slim but not starving weight in which you can feel the ribs when you put your hands on its rib cage. Most Scotties should be between 19 and 22 pounds.  Every pound is critical on the small Scottie body.

3).  Exercise Your Dog – You Need It, Too !!
Dogs who do not get a minimum of one good walk per day are at a higher risk of cancer. Walks are needed to clean wastes out the system.


4).  Prevent Exposure to Solvents

Oil-based paints, Dry cleaning solutions, and Varsol present increased risk to Scotties, as well as humans.


5).   Use Caution in Flea Prevention
Purdue University’s epidemiology study reported in 2003, that older topical flea and/or tick products, specifically dips, powders, and collars, are associated with an increased risk of transitional cell carcinoma (TCC). Among the newer products, only spot-ons containing fipronil significantly decreased the risk of TCC, while other spot-ons were unassociated with TCC risk.  
The study concludes that “Owners of Scottish Terriers are advised to reduce their use of older insecticides and switch to spot-ons, particularly those containing fipronil, until additional risk studies are done”.

6).   Monitor The Use of Vaccinations

Some thinking now is that vaccinations can contribute to health issues.  We believe that vaccinations are essential in disease prevention, so our dogs are kept current on our vet’s recommended schedule.  We have seen no health problems related to vaccinations in our dogs, or their puppies.  Every state that we know of requires vaccinations, so we recommend that you follow your vet’s therapy advice.


7).   Do Not Use the Microwave to Heat Food
Even more important, never microwave a pet’s food in a plastic dish or plastic-like wrap of any kind, even a microwavable dish. This is important for both dogs and humans.

If you have to use a microwave occasionally, use a crockery dish and cover it with paper.

John Hopkins Hospital University Research


8).   Add Vitamin Supplements to Your Dog’s Diet
Many experts say that the food grown and produced today is not as nutritious as it was in the past. Thus dogs need a multivitamin.  We  use and recommend NuVet nutritional supplements.


9).   Feed Your Pet a Healthy, Nutritional Food
When deciding on which dog food to buy, READ THE LABELS !!  The best foods contain NO corn, wheat, or gluten, but the first three ingredients in the dog food you choose should NEVER be corn, wheat, or gluten.  Look for beef, chicken, or lamb as the first ingredient.  We feed and recommend Blue Buffalo Chicken & Rice.  Before you decide on a food for your dog, make sure it is readily available.  The best food in the world is no good to you if you can't find it.   Also, buy a small bag and try it... If your dog doesn't like it, how good the food is does not matter.  


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"I love all dogs, but I only sleep with Scotties...."
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