Scottish Terriers rank high for cancer

Apologies for delivering bad news on a holiday weekend, but at least it’s not that incongruous given that the holiday weekend is Easter. So, here goes:

The Seattle Times on summarizes a new study on the most common causes of death in different dog breeds. The Scottie News is sorry to say that Scottish Terriers rank high for cancer death.

Researchers examined data from the Veterinary Medical Database to determine the cause of death for nearly 75,000 dogs over the 20-year period of 1984 through 2004. The study included 82 breeds, from Afghan hounds to Yorkshire terriers.

Researchers classified the deaths by organ system and disease process and analyzed the data by breed, age and average body mass.

Cancer was the leading cause of death across all breeds studied, but the five breeds with the highest proportion were the Bernese mountain dog, golden retriever, Scottish terrier, bouvier and boxer.

Reproductive disease is also more frequent among Scottish Terriers although it is not a leading cause of death.

Click to access the full study entitled “Mortality in North American Dogs from 1984 to 2004: An Investigation into Age-, Size-, and Breed-Related Causes of Death.”

69 thoughts on “Scottish Terriers rank high for cancer

  1. According to may studies that I have read, one of the leading causes of bladder cancer in Scotties is pesticides/herbicides that people use on their yards – you know dog parks must use a lot of these too. Be careful where you take your Scottie. We use no herbicides/pesticides on our yard and we try to keep everything as natural as possible in there environment.

    1. I totally agree. I read a study that said the same thing. Scotties are very low to the ground so of course they are more susceptible to chemicals. We avoid them at my house like the plague!

  2. I have lost two Scots to cancer. One to lymphoma sarcoma ~ one to sarcoma of the bone. The one to sarcoma of the bone was already being treated with Lysodren (a chemo drug) for Cushing which is prevelant in Scots. And this Lysodren they use for sarcoma so for him getting such an aggressive cancer and spreading so fast made it a rare occurance. Neither dogs were exposed to pesticides in my yard. One Scot was a service dog and travel to work with me. I read in an article that said American Scots died much soon than European Scots and a lot of breeders were bring in European lines for this purpose.

  3. My first scottie was lost to liver cancer. šŸ™
    Poor fella, he was (and still is) greatly missed. We grieved for a long time and couldn’t bring ourselves to get another until many, many years after his passing.
    He has a little stone marker with his name on it in our front garden.

  4. Yup – lost both my first two Scotties to cancer. I was overseas the first time, so my poor Dad had to take McTavish for his final trip to the vet (at the time he said he couldn’t bear to have another dog … but at least he cheered up when Clyde and Bonnie joined our family, and they delighted in how Clyde would lie in the sunbeams just like Mac used to …). Clyde also passed away due to cancer. I remember now that my older brother mentioned he’d worried about the pesticides at the college where he took Mac for long romps – now, we’ll see whether my city’s ban on pesticides might make a difference for my present two Scotties … (fingers crossed, and tails wagging …)

  5. I have to say that I think the high prevalence of cancer is more due to bad breeding than pesticides. Wouldn’t Dachshunds and other low-slung breeds have the same cancer rates if pesticides were the cause.

  6. To the best of my knowledge, Scotties have always been in the top fiver for cancer, and in fact were number one for years. My female is a cancer survivor – Lymphoma, stage five, diagnosed 18 months ago. The Oncologist and Vets claim she had about a 5% to 10% chance of making it. She will be 12 in November. Every day is a gift. There are great treatments out there today and quality of life for the Scottie is the number one goal. Unfortunately most people are not able to pay for these treatments – we couldn’t afford it but did it anyway. We will be making payments for many years to come – long after our Scottie is gone.

    1. Hi I am from south africa and my scottie has lymphoma.
      What treatment did your scottie get.
      Pls let me know tx

      1. Treatments are different for each dog. The smartest thing to do is to make an appointment at a Veterinary Oncology center with a Vet that specializes is cancer. To truly know your options, you need to see a specialist. Every treatment my Scottie got was prescription only – with a successful protocol that included a human prescription given to people with brain cancer.

  7. I just lost my Scottie yesterday to lymphoma in the stomach. I am mourning my Pippin. I had no idea the cancer rate was so high. I want another Scottie, but I’m not sure I can go through this pain again.

    1. Our beloved Connery is recuperating from a spleen ectomy yesterday to remove an enlargement. Absolutely no signs of illness in his blood work and his liver and heart looked great on ultrasound and xray.. And yet they found pinprick sized lesions all along his intestines. Sent off for biopsy but probably just a formality. We are devastated and wondering if chemo is the right choice for quality of life. Any comments or experiences on that choice or alternative treatment options is you appreciated.

      1. Yikes I lost my beautiful corgi cross to hemangiosarcoma less than 2 months ago. I was about to get her spleen removed and put her on chemo but realised I was doing this so I could have her for longer instead of thinking about her quality of life.
        Obviously you’ll need to discuss further with your canine oncologist, but in the end I couldn’t put her through it all. She was about 11yo (adopted so not sure exactly of the age), and it’s an aggressive cancer so I’d get a maximum of 6months. All I can recommend is to not allow the dog to suffer. Good luck with the decision, let me know how you go?
        Sarah xo

        1. condolences to you…can appreciate what you went thru, very similar situation as my adopted scottie was just diagnosed two days ago, although I am devastated….I can’t bear to put him thru any of that. I will let him enjoy what time he has left in his own way until he is no longer comfortable. kudos to you

          1. Yes, how are you doing? It is unbearable, still cry at night, Dom, our Scottie did well until last day, glad he didn’t have to suffer. They do bring us so much happiness. I spend a lot of time on YouTube and Pinterest, it helps. Seeing others helps.

  8. I also recently lost my Scottie to lymphoma. Alex had just turned 7 years old. I was so protective of him in both what he ate and where he went. So, the diagnosis was a shock. We battled the cancer with our sweet boy for a year. He seemed to be doing so well. You could never really tell he was ill. But, out of the blue, he declined rapidly and died in my arms. Typical Alex, he did it on his terms. He spared me from having to make that dreaded “decision.” Love the Scottie! Thinking about a rescue Scottie. But so afraid I will be back down the cancer road again. But, I should add our first Scottie lived to be 16 years old!

    1. Oh, I am so sorry! It’s been a month, I think the only thing to do is get another one. My daughter says that I need intervention. There just aren’t words for our grief.

    2. How fortunate to have your Scotty for 16 years! My first girl passed at 12. My second boy passed at 11 from lymphoma. My current Scotty, Bonnie , Is 11. She does have a thyroid issueand has been diagnosed with Cushing’s. She has arthritis and has had ACL surgery. Despite it all she’s a little trooper and gives me lots of love. šŸ’ž

  9. We lost our Scottie to cancer on August 29th, 2013. We came back from Florida in May and Miss Hanagan was doing just fine. Then in July, she began to favor her right paw. That went away a week later, as she would continue to play with her 2 Golden retriever pals. She was chasing the basketball all over the yard, as usual. Then a couple of weeks later, she began to favor her paw. We had a full body MRI done. The vet discovered that her shoulder bone showed signs of light shadows, which she said it was cancer. We were told she would live about 30days. She was pretty close, 43 days. The mass grew very large, but her will to live never faultered, even to the end. She had 2 bowls of ice cream and 2 large dog bisquets the morning we had to take her in. She died in my arms. She is sorely missed. They are the best companions. Bye Miss Hanagan.

    1. Chuck, so sorry for your loss of Miss Hanagan. It is just heart breaking to lose your pet but even worse when cancer takes them. We did rescue a Scottie after losing our sweet boy Alex. While at the vet’s office during Alex’s last visit we ran across a poem from a dog’s perspective. The essence of the poem was to share the love left behind with a rescue or shelter dog. We did just that. Drove all the way to Tulsa, Oklahoma to get Braxton. A lovely 2 year old Scottie boy who was found as a stray. We miss Alex every day and always will. But, Braxton has eased our heart ache. Some say he needed us. Actually, we needed him. And, we sometimes think he is God sent as we see certain traits that both Alex and Louie (our Scottie before Alex) had. Life is better with a Scottie in it. Again, so sorry for your loss.

  10. I had two Scotties die of cancer; one pancreatic cancer, the other a cancer that invaded the roof of his mouth and probably his sinuses. I don’t know if yearly rabies vaccines had anything to do with it (groomers require yearly vaccinations before they agree to groom), but this time around with my third Scottie I taught myself to groom by watching videos on YouTube and investing in an expensive clipper. No more unnecessary rabies vaccines for my dogs. I also give him baby aspirin therapy as aspirin helps prevents cancers in people. I would encourage everyone to stop giving their dogs unnecessary rabies vaccinations and learn to groom your own dogs if no one will groom without them. Also ask your vet about aspirin therapy for your Scots. My vet just said it wouldn’t hurt, I have a feeling this is new territory for them.

    All I know is that my Scot will not die of cancer. Not on my watch.

    1. Just wanted to share my story. Our Scottie was named Tazzie. He has a beautiful brindle coat. He was about 11 when this last Monday he was struggling to drink his water. I examined him and he had enlarged lymph nodes in his neck and chest. We took him to the vet on Tuesday and the opinion was that he had an abscessed tooth, his teeth were not so good. I declined the extra tests (too costly I thought) and took him home with a prescription for antibiotics. Well the next few days he became less and less mobile and by Friday he just sat there. I thought he was tired but the real cause was he was losing motor control of his body. Friday night he struggled to get a drink of water and just fell into his water bowl. I took him to the emergency clinic and he was dead within 10 minutes of our arrival. The cause was lymphoma. I have never seen a dog who seemly was healthy on Sunday die by Friday.

      What a nasty disease. I was just beginning to discover the potential for cancer in these dogs by the time he died. I will miss him very much. I am not even sure if we started the chemo on Tuesday if it would have saved him. He died on his terms also. He waited until we were away from the family, at the doctors to die with dignity. He was my dog, he trusted me with anything. He would harass the groomers, but if it was me he would sit as calmly as possible. Extremely loyal and sweet. He will be missed.

      I blame herbacides, we just move into a new house with super green grass and no weeds. I never use those chemicals, but they were already on the grass. We have been here 2 months and I would bet this cancer was triggered by these nasty chemicals. Why they are not banned I will never know.

      1. Dave, I am sorry you lost Tazzie. Lymphoma is a dreaded cancer. May you find comfort in that Tazzie essentially kept his illness from you and died quickly and on his terms. From experience, going through months of chemo treatments and watching them go through this discomfort only to then die is heart wrenching. God bless Tazzie and rest in peace sweet boy.

        1. Dave, So sorry to hear about your loss. My boy Morgan is 14and1/2 and was just recently diagnosed with lymphoma. He already survived prostate cancer 5 years ago and last year was diagnosed with both bladder and lung cancer. His prognosis was not good but has been receiving chemo for the past year and has kept his cancers in check. About a month ago we noticed his gums were swollen and red which everyone including the doctor thought was from all the chemo. The oncologist decided to do a biopsy just to be sure and it came back as lymphoma. Although I hated to put him through radiation it did seem to help. He is also receiving another chemo CCMU for this condition. The chemo for his bladder and lung cancer is currently on hold which worries me but we needed to treat the new condition. The doctors at the cancer center at Colorado State University have been great as they said my guy despite all his conditions is doing well. They seem very sure that most if not all of his cancers are pesticide related. I live in a townhome and they use tons of it on the grass, but nowhere else to walk him as all the parks are bad also. It has been a financial strain to keep treating him but I just adore him and there are days he acts like a puppy, so discontinuing treatment is not an option at this time. For now I just forgo vacations and drive an old car. Please know I feel your loss.

  11. We have lost both of our Scotties this year. Lilly was 7 and Sassy was 10. Both were diagnosed with lymphoma. We had Lilly operated on (very expensive) and she lasted about a month. They re-sectioned her stomach to her small intestine. This seemed to work at first, but when she went down hill it was very fast and we had to have the Vet put her down. Sassy had Lymphoma also we decided not to put her through the operation. We gave her prednisone (Steroid) which extended her life about 6 months.

    One thing you might do; if you see weight loss,throwing up undigested food (sorry for the description) or them slowing down during a walk, is to have an x-ray done. The Vet will be able to see if there is something not right(looks like foggy area in their bodies).

    Both of these guys were very dear to us and will be sorely missed. One note: we have rescued two Dachshunds (had them 5 years each) and they do not seem to have this issue. That said I would have another Scottie in a Blink.

  12. We had to say goodbye to our very special Scottie (aren’t they all) Abigail on Monday. It was all very unexpected and very fast. We took her to two doctors and finally a neurologist thinking she had a disc problem. After looking at her MRI, the neurologist showed us the very aggressive tumors that were growing along her spinal cord and had already spread to one lung. We were devestated — she was only 8. I had no idea that cancer was as prevalent as it seems to be with Scotties. I grew up with terriers – Cairns, Westies, Kerry Blues and we never encountered this before. All of our dogs also lived to be 13 – 16. You should have seen her the day before she died — her back legs wouldn’t work but she was determined to go for a walk on her on so she literally willed her legs forward using her upper body strength. Very brave, very special and much loved. I read all of your comments and am very grateful that each of you shared your stories. It helps to know that others have a love of these stubborn, independent and ornery yet one-of-a-kind lovable creatures. Jule

  13. I have lost a scottie to nasal cancer, 3 to lymphoma (will be looding anothersweet baby very soon to lymphoma), one to liver cancer and ine to bladder cancer. Theses were modtly related such as sisters brothers mother etc. I do use no pesticides or herbicides, clean floors with vinegar mixed with water, I do use frontline for fleas because the fleas would take over. Idont visit dog parks and gnerally when they go with me they stay in the car. Just can’t figure cause/effect due to different cancers. I lost one I prchased in Spain any siggetions heartbroken many times over.

    1. Hi Angela, I’m so sorry about your losses. We are struggling right now with what is probably a nasal tumor. Our sweet Josie is due to have the exploratory surgery this coming week. What were the symptoms of your pup with the nasal cancer?
      Josie started with a runny nose (kind of like a child with a cold) but now it has turned to a small stream of blood from both nostrils and she is barely getting air through her nose. She is mouth breathing and it is so sad. She doesn’t seem to be in any pain, thank goodness. My heart is breaking after reading all the reports on the internet. I can’t imagine being without my little buddy. She’s young, will be six this summer.

  14. My beloved little Scottie Dr. Watson died in my arms just two days ago. He declined fast, over a period of 14 hours. What brought him down was Lymphoma and as I’m reading everyone’s stories I’m weeping from them along with the deep loss and sadness that I’m feeling.
    He was diagnosed in November and was doing pretty well on a CHOP chemo protocol until they did an ultrasound and found that it had spread to his liver and spleen. he went back on predisone and did well for a month….then went down fast. My grief is so profound that I can barely breathe. I can’t imagine my life without him and perhaps when I heal I’ll find another. They give so much meaning to our lives. It’s a shame that cancer is so rampant in the Scottish Terrier breed.

  15. Last night I got the phone call – my Sherlock’s cancer is inoperable – it has spread to several organs (I remember liver, thyroid and kidney – can’t remember the fourth). I wondered if I’d missed something … but, no – he was fine until just recently when he started having stool issues – runny – turns out the tumour has enlarged to the point where it’s pressing against everything else in his abdomen. I put on my shoes to go to the vet and pick up some painkillers for him, and he perked up – he said: “Where do YOU think you’re going without ME?” … and so, off we went … and then, of course, my Watson yelped “ME TOO!” … so I bundled him into the truck as well … and, sneaky little guys … yup – they tricked me into buying ice cream for them on the way home … and then a double cheeseburger to wash down their ice cream … cheeky boys! Now I have to arrange goodbyes from everybody, as well as a new companion for Watson after Sherlock’s gone – he’ll be so lonely with only me, so we’ll be looking for another Scottie or Westie who needs to join a family like ours (not to replace Sherlock – that would be impossible – but my Watson is going to need a BFF … “Best Furry Friend”)

  16. We lost our beloved Scottie, Sid, on June 4 of this year at the age of 9 years old. On Monday, May 29th he had a grand mal seizure. We took Sid to a neurologist and after a CT scan was diagnosed with a very aggressive, fast growing form of nasal cancer that had spread to the front of his brain. There was nothing that could be done and we had to have our precious boy put down. Our hearts are broken and we are still struggling every day with his loss. Our home feels so empty and we miss his playful, smart, fun loving personality and of course his companionship and love. He truly was the best dog we have ever owned! We discussed getting another Scottie but are to afraid to risk the chance of going through such a traumatic situation again.šŸ˜¢šŸ’”

    1. Please accept my sincerest sympathy. :'( I completely understand your loss. Rest assured that Sid was greatly loved and loved you in return. Our beloved Scotties truly own our hearts. <3

      Losing two to cancer in 2011, both in the same month, was truly unbearable. After successfully battling Lymphoma with our female, finally losing her on April 6th of 2011 , we found out our Wheaten boy had developed an aggressive and inoperable stomach cancer. He was gone 3 weeks later and there was absolutely nothing that anyone could do to save him.

      I have learned so much since 2011 and maybe if I share what I know, it can help the next person down the line?

      1.) Make sure your vet understands your breed, even if this means educating them yourself! My current Scottie sees a Vet that has a Scottie and she has my boy on Milk Thistle and SamE every day. Both are natural products that will help keep your Scottie's liver enzymes in check. They are both also good for us. Don't shy away from getting an ultrasound and even a needle aspiration to get an early diagnosis. You can be nickeled and dimed with a million tests and visits to the vet when one simple ultrasound will tell you all you need to know.

      2.) We avoid ALL flea & heartworm meds. I actually believe they killed my Wheaten Scottie. He was on a very high dose for skin issues. We also avoid many of the horrible treats and consumable chews that are so popular for dogs – like rawhide. If I can't eat it, he can't have it!

      3.) Try and only adopt from a breeder that focuses on health. Health is much more important than size or coloring.

      4.) Give Scottie rescue a chance. You may not be able to get a puppy, but you might very well be able to get a young Scottie that is healthy and in need of a loving home. My current Scottie is a rescue. We got him when he was 4 years old. He is now 8. He is VERY healthy and the love of my life. Rescue was the smartest thing I have ever done!

      5.) Every year after 12 is a gift. I was recently at a rescue event; there were 14 Scotties there. At 8 years old, my Scottie was about the youngest Scottie there. All the dogs were healthy and happy and many were nearly twice my Scottie's age. Many were on a daily dose of milk thistle. šŸ™‚

      6.) There is now (finally) a pet health insurance company that will pay for 90 percent of all cancer treatments for your Scottie with only a $100 annual deductible. There is virtually no limit to what they will pay during a 12-month period. BUT, you must get the insurance when your Scottie is young and healthy. They do not insure pre-existing conditions. It's worth every dime for our breed. The premiums are very affordable. I pay about $60 a month for my 8-year-old. They recently sent me a check reimbursement for $650. Healthy Paws.

      Finally – give yourself time to grieve. I will never really get over the loss of my two beloved Scotties. But having our rescue has made all the difference in the world. He has helped to heal the very deep wounds. I could never imagine life without a beloved Scottie by my side. He was never meant to be a replacement; each one is so very different, just like children. But he truly is my daily dose of inspiration, and knowing we could provide him the loving home that someone else could not, is all that more special.

      Hugs! <3

      1. Thank you for the kind words and the helpful information. We are still so heartbroken and have not reached a decision yet as to whether to get another Scottie. We feel that there would never be another “Sid” but on the other hand we just love Scottie’s and we know that we could love another with all our hearts.

  17. I have 2 rescue Scotties who are now 10. They do not get fed conventional dog food and I attend a holistic vet. One of the supplements I give my dogs every day against cancer cells is Tumeric. I swear by Dr Peter Dobias and his organic supplements and my dogs are so happy and healthy. My dogs don’t get worm treatment or flea treatment this is all done with coconut oil. But if my dog needed conventional medicine I would make sure they had the best care…. I know everyone is different but my Scotties are happy with the holistic approach, as am I

    1. Thank you for your thoughtful remarks and helpful information about a holistic approach. We miss our “Sid” terribly and we are still struggling with his loss. We love Scottie’s and may eventually consider getting another one. They truly are “THE BEST!”

  18. I have a Scottie who is 9 years old, she has liver cancer. My little precious had an ultra sound followed by a CT scan and biopsy. Both showed a large mast on the liver, with 3 smaller masts and the biopsy only showed fluid. The Atlantic Vet College/Hospital in Prince Edward Island did not have anyone on staff that could perform a core biopsy. There suggestion was surgery to remove the mast but if that could not be done they would cut out part of the tumor to determine the type of cancer. We were not given enough information to make a decision. So we all came back home to Halifax NS and decided to make her comfortable because she is not showing any signs.We have asked another Radiology Specialist to take a look at the CT Scan which we forwarded to our Vet in Halifax. Megan, my Princess is on steroids and Zentonil Plus 200 which supports the liver function. Megan also has extreme allergies, she has a dermatologist that takes care of her skin. My little Angel is always by my side and I won’t give up or give into this terrible disease. We are holding on and loving our little girl each minute of the day. My husband and I want to give her the best quality of life and will go to the ends of the earth to make her happy. ***if it take an operation to give her more time we will do that.

  19. Jennifer, We totally understand how you feel as we felt the same way. We also did everything we could by taking Sid to a very highly recommended neurologist in our area and spent $4000.00 to do everything we could. Sid was having seizures continually and the neurologist felt that he was also experiencing horrible headaches. Because of the tumor being in his nose, sinuses and brain we could not see him suffer to satisfy our selfishness of not being able to say good-bye. We still cry every day and our lives are not the same…..Sid also had skin allergies which we had totally gotten under control with a new food that he loved. But then again, those skin problems can also go along with a much more serious underlying problem. We will certaily keep your Princess Megan in our thoughts and prayers. They are our family and we just could not love them anymore than we do!

  20. Thank you so much Cheryl, we love our Scotties and yes they are our children. I will keep you posted on her progress. Thank you so much it is important that we have support from people that know what we and our babies are going through. Your little Sid is in a place where there is no more pain. The pain for us continues and it will always be there but only a little less. I love to hear that we all did what we can for our babies.

    1. Thank you so much Jennifer and please keep us updated on her progress. We will keep you all in our prayers.

        1. Hi Cheryl, we had an appointment Wednesday with Dr. Bishop at Full Circle Vet Hospital. Dr Bishop’s practice is conventional medicine also alternative medicine. We decided to have Megan treated with Chinese Medicine. Both my husband and I agreed not to put our little girl through an operation and chemotherapy which we had no clear picture of the outcome. The Doctors at the Vet Hospital in Prince Edward Island were not providing us with enough information to make an informed discussion. We did a lot of crying and soul searching before determining what would be the best for our little girl. Everyday is a blessing with our little Angel. Both my husband and I have decided not to adopt another Scottish Terrier. The pain is to great and I know I can’t go through this again. Cheryl, I will let you know how she is doing with the Chinese medicine. Thank you my friend

          1. Thoughts and prayers being sent to you and Megan. Enjoy every minute with her, they are so precious. šŸ’œ

    1. Linda, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you and I totally understand how you feel. I still cry every day since our Scottie died on June 4th. Our daughter and son-in-law lost their Scottie also to cancer. We just don’t have the courage to get another and go through this pain again. It truly is heartbreaking! My sincere sympathy to you……

    2. I feel your pain Linda. My 10.5 yr Scottie, Dr. Watson was diagnosed with Lymphoma just a year ago today. I was petting him and felt a lump under his neck. The next week it was biopsied and we got the bad news. After consultations with my vet, I chose the chop chemo therapy treatment at Angel memorial Hospital in Boston. I loved the oncologists there and felt that we were being well cared for. Watson did pretty well and tolerated the treatments with the usual Scottie vim and vigor. Things went pretty well until June when I saw that he was declining in energy. Although he never really lost his appetite, he stopped wanting to eat a few days before he passed…right in my arms, in his way. I miss him every day, and I too am longing for another little scottish terrier, but am also fearful of the genetic traits that they carry for cancer. I wish you well and hope there will be another love in your future.

  21. We lost our beloved Digger MacTavish, back in February, to Lymphoma. He was 12 years & 6 months of age. Thankfully, he didn’t have a chance to suffer. His little heart just stopped, while sleeping, near us. It was a devastating loss. I have never grieved for a pet as I did for him. For weeks after he passed, I could hear the jingle of his tags echo through the house. Finally, we decided to get a puppy.

    Now we are laughing, playing & training our Scottish terrier puppy — Whisky Macallan. He’s 6 months old & a hoot. In some ways, he reminds us of Digger. In other ways, he is his own little man. Sweet. Sassy. Loyal. Lovable.

    Do I wonder about him getting Cancer? Yes. But I do not worry about it. Every breed has illnesses that they seem more vulnerable to having. If we had gone with another breed, we could still end up dealing with Cancer or something else.

    We are dog lovers. Scottie lovers. That’s what we embrace. It’s not the years in your life or your Scottie’s, it’s the life in your years!

  22. Julia – I am so happy to hear that Whisky Macallan has joined your family! We went through a painful grieving period when Abigail died last November — she was one of a kind (she was known as the “mayor” of the neighborhood). While I would give anything to have her back with us, one way of honoring her, in my opinion, is to bring home another Scottie — feisty, independent with attitude but most of all loving and just plain special. We haven’t done it yet but the day is coming soon.

    We all come with different perspectives and experiences but the bottom line is we all love our Scotties:) Thank you to everyone for sharing.

  23. Our Duchess will be 12 on Valentine’s Day, if we make it. We took her to an emergency vet on Sunday with labored breathing and stomach spasms. An x ray revealed a rather large foreign object stuck in her stomach that was small enough to pass with some assistance. They put her on two days of IV with sedative and remarkably she started filling better. Remarkably she passed the foreign object yesterday at her favorite park. That being said, the follow up x ray revealed object was moving out, but also revealed a mass near heart, vet said she would be on heart medicine rest of he life. We did a heart ultrasound before she was discharged on Tuesday and that is our “diagnosis”, mass near heart. They sent us home with mo heart medicine but Gabapentin, a pain killer that affect nerves. We gave her half a dosage the next day but side affects are horrific. We felt that if we needed to let he go, we would do just that, not make her sub exist on these meds. Right now she is off all meds, has a little labored breathing , appetite is good, walked with dog friends at park this morning. As you know, her routine, we must keep their routine or they flap their ears, chop their chops and poke the bathroom door open as if to say, “time to go” – I am not in charge, she is. I am a little concerned that fluid may be building in her chest, they did take some fluid out Monday. Our total vet bill for 2 1/2 days was $2200, they have not called since we were duscharged, which I found odd. I called today and asked if they forgot to give us heart pill. In the back of my mind, I am thinking they sent us home to die and were surprised she was still above ground. I too, am wondering about heartworm – flea and tick meds, even vaccines because as he aged she did not tolerat the poison. Right now, she lays here in her spot on the bed, she is home with me, no regrets for now. Our first Scottie lost her battle to bladder cancer, we stopped using lawn chemicals on the fenced yard after this heartbreaking event.

    1. Our hearts ache for you and we are so sorry for your loss. We are still grieving the loss of our Scottie, Sid who died of brain and nasal cancer on June 4th.šŸ’”

  24. I lost Angus to Lymphoma on October 1. He was diagnosed April 25 with stage 3 lymphoma. We chose to put him through Chemo hoping we could achieve the long remission that the oncologist explained could be possible, but it wasn’t in our cards. We had him for only 5 short months and I grieve everyday for him. We truly feel that Angus did not recover from losing his sister, Abby in June from a tumor in her brain. They were very close and he always had her and didn’t know life without Abby. Once she passed away, he fell out of remission. Even after a change in protocol with Chemo, he never was able to achieve remission again. However, the chemo did keep things in check for a few months and he had many, many good days from it. It extended his life and for many weeks…he did not know he was sick. It was just the last few days that he began having touble eating, and going to the bathroom. We put him to sleep the day he refused to eat ice cream. I could tell by looking into his eyes..he was ready to be with his Abby. I wasn’t ready to let him go, but the way he looked at me…I knew he was ready. It’s a horrible cancer and not fair our Scotties are so prone to it.

    1. We are so sorry for your loss of your beloved Angus. We understand your loss after losing our Scottie to brain and nasal cancer on June 4th. Our hearts are broken šŸ’”

  25. I am sorry for your loss. I lost my sweet Mollie yesterday from bladder cancer. She was diagnosed last January. She was given 2 months. We had her 9 extra months. I knew it was time when she no longer chased bubbles and then stopped eating. It was so difficult to do but I am thankful the vet came to the house. Mollie wasn’t scared.
    We didn’t realize until January how high the average was for bladder cancer. The vet said there was a picture of a Scottie in his medical book when he studied the subject in vet school.

    1. We are so very sorry to read about your dear Mollie. We understand the tremendous loss that you are feeling. We are struggling terribly and the emptiness we feel with out him tugs at our hearts.

      1. Thank you. She was my shadow. She was nine years old.
        We have a 7 yr old male.he seems fine so far….except for missing Mollie. He stayed by her side whenever she slept the last two weeks.
        I appreciate your kind thoughts.

        1. Our Sid was also 9 years old and since I am home everyday was my daily companion. I still
          Catch myself starting to call his name. šŸ˜¢

  26. In the past 48 years that we have been married we have had nine dogs, five Scotties and four Westies. From reading about Scotties being prone to Cancer we have lost four of our Scotties to Cancer. We have never had a Scotter that lived past 12, our Westies has a good length of time before we are starting to lose them. All but two have made it to 15 and the two were 11. We have no children and our wonderful dogs are our children. We now are 70 years old and we have only one Westie still with us, Casey will be 15 in April of 2017 and we dread the day we will lose him! To have dogs is such a wonderful gift in one’s life!

    1. Our fur babies are truly our children. We have had several dogs during our 32 years of marriage and all have lived long lives. We knew the risk with a Scottie but hoped that he would not be one of the statistics. Our daughter and son-in-law also had a Scottie that died at 4 years old from cancer. They are such a wonderful bread, like none other, it is just terrible that they are so prone to cancer. We just don’t feel that we can take that risk again. We truly know what a broken heart feels like.

  27. When I read the sadness and heart break of losing your babies to that terrible disease I loose myself in your pain. Losing any breed so young is devastating. My little girl Megan who is also a Scottie and she is and always will be the love of my life. Megan and I are joined at the hip and she knows me better than I know myself. Megan as I indicated a few months ago has liver cancer and was diagnosed in September 2016. Megan is taking an alternative medicine which appears to be helping. I do see a decline in her energy but she still loves to eat. Everyday with her is a blessing, we are crossing our fingers in hope that she will see her birthday on July 31st 2017. She loves to sail on the lake with her Dad, please let her live to see that day. God bless all of you for the love of your Scotties, you are very special people.

  28. I got Issac, a beautiful Wheaton boy as a companion for my beautiful black 10 yr old Scottie , Moses after he lost his best friend, Buzz, a miniature schnauzer, that lived to be 15 1/2.
    Two months later, Moses was having trouble urinating. An X-ray revealed multiple tumors. My vet performed an exploratory surgery and told me it would be a dis-service to wake him, as the cancer had attacked every major organ. My heart was broken, but then I knew why God had given me Isaac. Isaac was such a joy. Almost a month ago, Isaac, now 10 1/2 , starting having diarrhea. The X-ray showed a massive tumor that covered his entire abdomen. I was sick and my heart broke once again, as I knew what this meant. His vet said that he didn’t know how much time he had left and we left with predisone and pain pills. I tried my best to do everything that I could to make Isaac happy during his last days. he had cookies and milk, ice cream, and we made multiple trips to Mc Donald’s for chicken nuggets, and any drive thru , like the bank or the pharmacy, that always gave him a bone. I had to let Isaac go a week ago, as he stopped eating and I couldn’t let him suffer anymore. I miss him so much. I can’t bear to get another Scottie……….

    1. Dear Tina, We are so sorry for the tremendous loss of your beloved Moses and Isaac. We understand the grief and heartache that you are feeling. The 4th of this month will be 6 month’s ago that we lost our beloved Scottie, Sid, due to cancer. We are still extremely heartbroken and struggling with his loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

      1. Dear Cheryl,
        Thank you for your kind words and condolences. I am sorry for your loss and know the heartache and pain you are going through. We were fortunate to have the love of our Scotties in our life and I feel a connection with you, as Big Sid fathered my Moses. Prayers and hugs…….

    2. I am so sorry for your loss of your beloved Isaac! Scotties are so special and having lost 2 myself over the years I have to say the best medicine for a broken heart is another scottie. We had our wonderful Duncan who was my gift from God after our first scottie named McTavish ran away and was never found at age 10 1/2 in December 2000. Duncan gave us so much joy along with our aging Westie named Vannah White. Well we were given the opportunity to have for free a purebred scottie from a neighbor who was overwhelmed with 2 litters and we were blessed with our Sweet Chloe (first time female scottie). We thought she would be to replace our aging Westie Vannah but she ended up helping my broken heart when my beloved Duncan died of cancer early at age 7 1/2! Chloe is still with us and just turned 11! We feel so blessed to have her and cherish every day! My point is as I was heart broken over losing Duncan so suddenly with no heart felt a little better as I cried into the fur of my sweet Chloe and she licked my tears.. nothing smells better than the fur of our Scotties!! Hoping you can find comfort in your wonderful memories of Isaac.. Wishing you all the Best!!

      1. On this Christmas Eve, I am mourning the loss our third Scottish Terrier, Duchess, who would have turned 12 on Valentine’s Day. On November 29th, we chose to do the right thing and relieve her discomfort from the cancerous mass near her heart.

        I agree the cure for losing a Scottie is another Scottie! Choose a good breeder, do not use lawn chemicals in your fenced dog area, be careful using Round Up near the fence line (highly toxic to pets and people)! Be cautious indoors with floor cleaning products that the pads of their paws come into contact with. Try to stay away from plastic bowls that could be toxic, especially if you heat up food. Give your beloved lots of fresh water, plenty of fresh air and exercise and love them madly all the days of their much too short lives. A friend sent a comment to me which read: “Her wings were ready, but my heart was not.”. Merry Christmas Scottie lovers!

  29. I have a 12 year old Scottie, Wallace, who had stage 3 lymphoma when he wae 3 years old. We gave him chemo which made the tumors shrink 50 per cent. Then we tried the budwig diet and a year later all the tumors were gone. He is still in perfect

  30. I have a 7 year old rescued Scottie. He just developed a lump that feels like fatty tissue. I am hoping it is. After reading all the posts I have so many questions as a sort of outsider as this is my first ST.
    Many of your dogs have lived rather long lives. I would bet that like us cancer will be a likely cause of death if they make it to their senior years. What do other dogs die from when they are over 10?
    If breeders are breeding irresponsibly by not regarding cancer then why reward any of them by purchasing another puppy even if it is a different breeder?
    How much milk thistle abs SAMe is given?
    How much turmeric and in what form?
    I am hoping my guy just has a benign fatty cyst but I have my concerns to that he could be riddled with cancer. I know his breeder is in Minnesota.

    1. We feel at this point after the passing of our Scotty to cancer that these breeders are litteraly “breeding them to death”! We are devasted and heartbroken and miss our boy terribly. We wish you luck and pray that your guy does just have a fatty cyst. We have a Gordon Setter that we have had several fatty cysts removed from.

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