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.

How to Groom a Sheltie

How to Groom a Sheltie

The double coat of a Sheltie needs frequent grooming. Here's my guide to systematically de-shedding the undercoat and untangling mats.

How to Clean Your Sheltie's Teeth

Clean Your Sheltie's Teeth

Dogs get tooth decay just like us. Here's how to protect your Sheltie's teeth with brushing, dental chews, and water additives.

What is The Best Dog Food for Shelties?

The Best Dog Food for Shelties

An in-depth review of the best dog food for Shelties, examining toxic ingredients, healthy kibbles, raw diets, and oral health.

Genetic Diseases in Shelties

Genetic Diseases in Shelties

The Sheltie gene pool is more prone to genetic diseases of the eyes, skin, knees, hips, and blood.

The Pros and Cons of Neutering a Sheltie

The Pros and Cons of Neutering

Neutering a male dog stops him from roaming to impregnate females and reduces the risk of reproductive diseases.

The Pros and Cons of Spaying a Sheltie

The Pros and Cons of Spaying

Spaying a female Sheltie prevents heat cycles and pregnancy, while reducing the risk of reproductive diseases.

Is Your Sheltie Fat?

Is Your Sheltie Fat?

Vets say 30% of dogs are overweight by 6 months old, leading to higher risk of cancer and heart disease.

How to Kill Fleas and Ticks on Your Dog

Fleas and Ticks on Dogs

Fleas can live in the Sheltie undercoat, sucking blood, causing itching, and laying lay up to 4,000 eggs a time to perpetuate the havoc.

30 Foods Toxic to Dogs

30 Foods Toxic to Dogs

Common human foods like grapes, onions, tomatoes, and avocados can cause serious complications in dogs.

101 Shelties in The Bath

101 Shelties in The Bath

I asked Sheltie Planet readers to share their funniest photos of dripping wet Shelties in the tub. This is what I got back.

The Best Dog Beds for Shelties

Dog Beds for Shelties

The best dog beds for Shelties based on budget, climate, dog's age, health conditions, and more.

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:

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

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.