In every breed are hereditairy deseases, also in the Shetland Sheepdog. The Dutch Sheltie Association started a few years ago an Healthexamination for Hereditairy deseases, so that we can find out in the future wich hereditairy problems shelties have.
There's a lot changed since my last sheltiehealhtsite. Years back they tought it was healthy to vaccinate dogs every year. And now they have found out, that vaccinate dogs is good, but not to often. Vaccinations are giving a lot of healthproblems. But they can give allergies too. In the Netherlands they have changed the rules for vaccinations and we have to vaccinate some vaccins ones in the three years, the rule changed in December 2006. The cocktail vaccination is now ones in the three years, also the Rabiesvaccination. Dogs can be allergic for the vaccins, but also for the filling from vaccinations. Even after this new rule of vaccination, the discussion goes on If we don't vaccinate to much! There are also discussions about preventative do something about worms. If you're dog has no worms why give him a anti-worm product?
A good health
starts with good food, that where they warn people for. But this is
the same for our pets. The latest years dogs food changing slowly.
There are a lot of people who give their dogs BARF or Raw Meat. This
because the people noticed that there were a lot of problems with
their dogs. This was why we changed our Shelties food too. We have
seen the following problems in our dogs: Epilepsie, heartproblems,
thyriodproblems, arthrosis, spondylosis, stomach problems,
bowelproblems. Since the time our shelties eat Raw Meat (we have a
complete food, without gluten, granes, anti-oxidanten and without
antidegradant. Our Epileptic girls has less seizures, first she had
once a month one week seizures, minimum of 4 on a day. Now once in the
five months a cluster of 4 seizures. Her last cluster of seizures were
at the 4-th of february 2007. Our heartpatiënt,
had a lot of fluid in her longs, before she started to eat Raw Meat.
Now her medication for loosing the fluids are laying in the closet,
she does not need them anymore. She does not have to cough anymore.
The overweighted shelties have finally lost a lot of weight, we have
tried this with dry food, but we have never succeed with dry food. Our
older shelties can now jump on the sofa again, after years laying on
the ground because they could not jump anymore.
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