5 Reasons Sheltie Dogs Must Be Taken To The Vet

If you are a first time owner of sheltie dogs you may be wondering – how often should I take my pooch for vet visits?  To be perfectly honest, there really isn’t a specific answer that can be given for this question.  The reason being is that the number of times you visit a veterinarian really depends on your pet and his health.

Nevertheless, to give you a better idea as to when you should take your pooch to his health care provider, the following is a typical example of the frequency average sheltie dogs visit their animal doctor:

•    When you first bring your pup or adopted adult doggie home.  Take him within the first 48 hours or the earliest available appointment.  This is vital because he needs to be physically checked for disease, parasites or any other possible problems.    At this time he will receive any vaccinations he may require.  You should also consult your vet about the dietary, exercise and grooming needs your pal will need if you haven’t already received this info from the breeder, rescue worker, etc. from whom you obtained the poochie.  Note: you may also be required to schedule other appointments if you have a puppy, as he will need to be administered the remaining vaccines he requires for his first year.

•    Annual wellness examination.  The yearly physical exam is when your sheltie dogs body is thoroughly checked to ensure he is completely healthy.   Thus, this check-up is necessary regardless if he is well or not.  At this appointment he will likely be given vaccines he requires, and is weighed.   Note:  Senior sheepdog’s will need to have two wellness examinations per year.

•    Heartworm test.  This may be a separate visit if your sheltie’s physical checkup doesn’t line up with the month that preventative medication needs to start.

•    Your shetland becomes sick or is injured.  Any time your pet becomes physically hurt, you notice that they are not quite themselves or they seem to be suffering what appear to be side effects, have them examined by the veterinarian.

One final thought you should bear in mind is that you need to know where the nearest 24-hour emergency animal clinic is located in the event that your vet’s office doesn’t offer this service.  After all, you never know when sheltie dogs need medical care, so if it ever occurs on a holiday or after hours, you will know where you can go to get help.

How To Keep Your Sheltie Fit And Healthy

Just like humans, your sheltie can become overweight and lethargic.  An inactive lifestyle is very unhealthy and can have many negative effects on your dog’s physical and mental wellbeing.   An obese dog is at a greater risk for skeletal stress, heart disease, cancer, canine diabetes and fatty liver disease to name a few.

How can I tell if my sheltie is overweight?  Three tell-tale signs include:

1.    You can’t feel his ribs.
2.    They have a sagging belly or there is no longer a slightly defined tuck in their tummy region.
3.    Your companion has difficulty breathing after minimal exercise.

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Sheltie Grooming Coat Care

Sheltie grooming is one of the mandatory requirements of owning this breed because their long coats require regular maintenance in order to stay clean, shiny and free of mats.  A shetland sheepdog that has an unhealthy coat full of dead hairs, dirt and knots will be affected by the poor condition of their fur.  This cannot only make them unhappy but it can also lead to physical problems, such as skin infections.  Thus, hair brushing, trimming and washing are all necessary to ensure their health and happiness.

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Your Sheltie Puppy And Proper Feeding

A sheltie puppy requires a proper and nutritious diet to grow strong and healthy.   Therefore, the type of food you feed your pup matters.  Feeding an unbalanced diet can have a serious negative effect on your pup’s overall mental and physical growth and development.

To start, it’s always a good idea to keep your sheltie puppy on the same food that he was given by the breeder.  Ask the person why they selected this brand and investigate it yourself.  If you feel it isn’t the best choice for your pet you can look for an alternative and then slowly switch him from one chow to the other over a two week period to allow his system to accept the change.

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Sheltie Puppies And How Worms Effect Them

Sheltie puppies are prone to worms, which is why it is imperative that they are provided with the proper inoculations and preventative medicines to deter the occurrence of these annoying and harmful parasites.   Although the more common worms tend to only wreak havoc on shetland sheepdog puppies digestive systems, there are more dangerous varieties that can invade other organs of the body, including the heart.  This can lead to serious illness and even death.

Due to the fact that there are many different types of worms that sheltie puppies can get, the following is a brief breakdown of 5 kinds, what to watch for and what you can do.

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