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Sheltie Health

Sheltie health is broad topic as is canine or dog health.

Most breeds seem to have their own potential issues over other breeds. No doubt. this is a result of their breeding history as well as the physical features they have acquired through breeding.

Shelties have their own potential problems to look out for too. They key here is education. Know the questions to ask!

Some of these can be avoided by screening the breeder where you buy. Rescues will generally have their adoption candidates thoroughly checked over by a vet.

But regardless whether prone to the Shetland sheepdogs or just a health concern for our loyal little friends, it good to be informed.


Let's look at these concerns by "area".

eyes -

Shelties and collies are susceptible to certain eye problems. Collie eye anomaly is one and the other is progressive retinal atrophy.

Other general eye problems can include things like conjunctivitis, runny eyes or itchy eyes.

ears -

Shelties are not necessarily prone to ear troubles but as with all breeds, issues can occur and good ear care should practiced.

skin -

Sheltie itchy skin, like any dog's itchy skin or even your own, can be caused by a variety of problems.

Some of these causes are external like fleas and ticks and other insect bites or stings, of course mosquito bites can cause heart worms.

Others can be from internal issues such as ingesting parasites, like tape worms or being exposed to hookworms.

Then there are allergies, such as allergies to pollen and other airborne particles or food allergies.

Shelties, and other breeds, can suffer from a disorder called, hypothyroidism also known as low thyroid . A condition that can misdiagnosed as a skin allergy.

The health of the dog's skin is indicative of sheltie health. Chronic itchy skin can be a real problem too because it can lead to hot spots.

Dermatomyositis is a very serious skin disease. It can be misdiagnosed as mange in this case canine mange, since mange can occur in other animals as well.

teeth -

You need to keep an eye on your sheltie's teeth. I guess it depends on the dog, just like in people, I suppose. Some get tarter and plaque more than others. Care for Shetland Sheepdog teeth is no different than general care of dog teeth.

anal glands -

Anal glands are part of your dog's anatomy. They can experience problems. A typical symptom of an anal gland problem is when the dog starts to scoot.

But I know that hearing this kind of stuff can be scary for the Sheltie shopper. You just need to be aware and be on the look out for any issues. Learn the right questions to ask. Educate yourself and you are in the right place for that!




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