Sheltie Health and Grooming
Our guide to Sheltie health offers advice on grooming, flea control, spaying, neutering, and common genetic Sheltie health issues.
Shelties are generally a very healthy dog breed, although their genetic history does make them more prone to diseases of the skin, hip and eye. If you own a Shetland Sheepdog, make sure you are aware of all the common ailments - even though your dog has a good chance of never suffering any of these his whole life.
This section also talks about the pros and cons of neutering or spaying your Sheltie, which is essential to help prevent dog overpopulation. You'll also learn about how to groom a Sheltie so his coat is always shiny and healthy, and how to get rid of fleas and ticks.
Step-by-step instructions on how to groom a Shetland Sheepdog and tame that Sheltie undercoat. With advice on the best dog grooming shears and brushes, you'll learn how to systematically de-fur so dog grooming becomes a thing to relish and enjoy.
Should you neuter your male Sheltie? Deciding whether or not to sterilize your dog can be a tough decision when there is so much confusion over the advantages and disadvantages. This article covers all the pros and cons of neutering, taking into account the health and behavioral benefits, based on all the known facts. A must-read for any male-dog owner.
When should you spay a Sheltie? Besides controlling pet population, there are many health advantages to spaying your Sheltie. The question is, when should you do it? Timing is everything, as surgery will affect the hormone levels of your dog. This article looks at all the pros and cons of spaying and when to do it for optimum protection against cancers and infections.
Have you ever fed your dog a grape as a treat? How about let him eat leftover meals containing onion, mushrooms or garlic? Does he get the odd tomato scrap when you're making a sandwich? Unfortunately, all these foods and more can be poisonous (and even fatal) to dogs. To preserve your Sheltie's health, see our list of 33 foods that are toxic to dogs.
Shelties are basically a healthy dog breed, especially if they are well-bred. This article explains the more common health problems found in Shetland Sheepdogs, including knee and hip issues, skin problems, and eye abnormalities. Most of these issues are genetic so you can have a puppy tested in advance. You'll also learn about the importance of maintaining a healthy weight in your Sheltie.
Learn how to get rid of fleas and ticks on your dog with info on flea and tick medicine, flea collars, flea powder, flea bombs and combs. Discover what fleas and ticks look like, how to spot signs of an infestation on your dog and in your house, and the best topical flea control, flea spray, tick removal tools and flea shampoos on the market. A skin-crawling look at the lives of parasites and how to stop them biting your dog - and you.
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