Caring for Your Sheltie's Health

Take care of your Shetland Sheepdog's health with these tips on grooming, diet, exercise, oral health, genetic disorders, de-sexing, and vaccinations.

Shelties: The Complete Pet Owner's Guide

How to Clean Your Sheltie's Teeth

Look after your dog's oral health, especially if you feed dry dog food, which sticks in small spaces between the teeth. Proper care now will spare your Sheltie the pain of cavities and surgical tooth extractions down the line.

Here are the best three ways to care for your Sheltie's teeth:

1. Brush Your Sheltie's Teeth

Use a toothpaste designed for dogs such as Vet's Best Enzymatic Toothpaste which comes with a dog toothbrush. Set a routine of brushing his teeth just a little at first to help him get used to the intrusion. Aim to build up to daily brushing, but know that even a few times a week can make a big improvement.

Brush your Sheltie's teeth with an enzymatic toothpaste

Brush your Sheltie's teeth with an enzymatic toothpaste.

2. Offer Your Sheltie Dental Chews

Chewing tough food mechanically loosens tartar while stimulating saliva for better oral health. Virbac Oral Hygiene Chews contain enzymes for antiseptic action and have an abrasive texture for working debris off the teeth. Feed your Sheltie a dental chew every day, preferably half an hour after dinner to dislodge food particles that may otherwise stick around overnight.

Dental chews help mechanically clean your Sheltie's teeth

Dental chews help mechanically clean your Sheltie's teeth.

3. Supplement Your Sheltie's Drinking Water

There's no equivalent human product like this, because humans are much better at brushing their teeth on a regular basis. TropiClean Fresh Breath Plaque Remover is a water additive, which means you simply add it to your dog's water bowl. It contains natural ingredients to help fight plaque, tartar, and bad breath, remaining in the saliva for hours. Because it uses natural ingredients, it's also safe to drink.

Add a plaque remover to your Sheltie's drinking water

Add a plaque remover to your Sheltie's drinking water.

What Vaccines Do Shelties Need?

Puppies get their first vaccinations at 6-8 weeks. If you buy a Shetland Sheepdog puppy, take him to the vet on the following schedule to build up robust protection against common infectious diseases:

Dog's

Age

Essential

Vaccines

Optional

Vaccines

6-8

Weeks

Distemper

Parvovirus

Bordetella

10-12

Weeks

Distemper

Hepatitis

Parainfluenza

Parvovirus

Influenza

Leptospirosis

Bordetella

Lyme Disease

16-18

Weeks

DHPP

Rabies

Influenza

Leptospirosis

Bordetella

Lyme Disease

12-16

Months

DHPP

Rabies

Coronavirus

Leptospirosis

Bordetella

Lyme Disease

Every 1-2

Years

DHPP

Rabies

Coronavirus

Influenza

Leptospirosis

Bordetella

Lyme Disease

Source: AKC Guide to Puppy Vaccinations

Whether you rescue a Sheltie or buy a Sheltie puppy, make sure you register her with your vet and sign up for reminders when her next vaccinations are due.



Becky Casale Bio: Creator of Sheltie Planet

Becky Casale is the creator of Sheltie Planet and Science Me. She's passionate about genetics, evolution, and animals. Meet her famous Shelties Howard and Piper Woofington Moon if you think you can handle the fluff.