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How to Care for Your Shetland Sheepdog's Health

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Caring for 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.

Vet's Best Enzymatic Toothpaste - brushing is the best way to care for your Sheltie's teeth

Brushing with enzymatic toothpaste is the best way to care for your Sheltie's teeth

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.

Virbac Oral Hygiene Chews help 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.

TropiClean Fresh Breath Plaque Remover maintains oral health in Shelties

Plaque remover can be added safely to your Sheltie's drinking water

Vaccinations for Shelties

Ethical breeders ensure their puppies have the first vaccinations at 6-8 weeks. Your job is to continue taking your Shetland Sheepdog puppy to the vet on schedule so she doesn't become vulnerable to common infectious diseases. Here's the current vaccine schedule for dogs per the AKC:

Age Essential Vaccines Optional Vaccines
6-8 weeks Distemper, Parvovirus Bordetella
10-12 weeks DHPP (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

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

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Becky Casale is the creator of Sheltie Planet and Science Me. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with her part-human, part-Sheltie family.

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