Category Archives: Scottish Terrier health and safety

Keeping your Scottish Terrier healthy and safe.

Hitting the road with a Scottish Terrier

Seamus travelling as a puppy 2
Seamus travelling as a puppy 2

Travelling with dogs seems like a good topic to cover as we bid farewell to June and usher in July. Reader Hillary writes:

I am a travel journalist based in New Jersey, right outside of NYC. I take my Scottie Seamus on a lot of drive-able trips (mostly for fun, sometimes for work) and blog about it here: I’ve had Scotties all of my life, but as I’m sure you know some of them don’t travel as well as others. Luckily Seamus enjoys coming along for the ride and he is a great (if typically high-maintenance) travel companion. He has now been to every state on the East Coast and then some.

Below Seamus checks out the dyed fountain in Savannah:

Seamus at the dyed fountain in Savannah
Seamus does Savannah

Check out some other travelling Scottish Terriers.

RIP Scottie, taken by cancer when he was far too young

Scottie as a puppy
Scottie as a puppy
Scottie all grown up
Scottie all grown up

Samantha asked the Scottish Terrier and Dog Newsto do a memorial for her dog Scottie who died last week. She wrote:

I would really appreciate and be forever grateful, if you would please share Scottie’s story as a memorial for this brave little soul and also to raise cancer awareness to other Scottie owners. Cancer is much more prominent in Scotties then other breeds.

He was a wonderful Scottie and the smartest dog I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He was sweet, charming, energetic, loving, obedient, and just always brought a smile to his families faces. He would talk to us and respond when we would talk to him. He loved helping us hunt for mice and was so joyous when he caught one the first and only time, he strutted around the house for days just as proud as can be. He was and always will be my best friend. I would sit on the stairs every morning before school and share a peanut butter sandwich with him. He is going to be deeply missed and I do not think our hearts will ever stop aching for him.

Scottie has been battling Melanoma Cancer for 6 months now, he is only 4 years old… It all started out around October 2011, Scottie had a dime sized growth on his knee. We took him to the vet, he and said to not pay much attention to it unless it started to grow or bother Scottie or us. So we left it alone and watched it. It started irritating Scottie and growing. We took him back to the vet in November, the doctor removed it with out doing on autopsy first or checking a sample under the microspore. We then did not know any better. Before his stitches completely healed, another growth started, but was growing very rapidly along with multiple pea sized growths going up to his leg to the base of his abdomen. We immediately took him back to the vet, it was around late November. He would not tell us what it was and told us we had to go to a specialist. He referred us to an oncologist. We got in early December, she took a sample and looked at it under the scope – melanoma cancer was the diagnosis. She told us with how aggressive it is we really did not have much time left or many treatments we could do. Most of the treatments take 6-8 weeks to even get into the system and another couple of weeks to start helping, if we removed his leg it would barley heal and the cancer would possible only spread faster when opened up. She also told us, that no matter which road we take there is only an extremely small chance any of them will help. She recommended we let Scottie live a more fulfilled shorter life and put Scottie on Remedol.

Scottie did very well at first, the Remedol slowed the cancers growth and he was his wonderful little self for many months. This month has not been the case. The Remedol stopped working because Melanoma evolves and learns how to get around medications and treatments. The Melanoma has become immune to the medication. All we could to for Scottie when this happened was make him as comfortable as possible and enjoy every good day we have with him.

RIP, Scottie. Our sympathies go out to Samantha and our family.

Here is a resource site on Scottish Terriers and cancer.

Bell the Scottish Terrier shows off her first life jacket

Dog life jacket reviews — because Scotties sink like bricks

Bell the Scottish Terrier shows off her first life jacket
Bell the Scottish Terrier shows off her first life jacket

Yes, we know, there are Scottish Terriers who are expert swimmers and divers and who’ve managed to survive in the water under very scary circumstances. But, truthfully most Scotties are kind of goofy in the deep and even the shallow. They need constant supervision around water and, unless you are a trained lifeguard who feels confident about carrying out a rescue, you should consider following Bell’s peeps’ example and getting your dog a life jacket. That way you won’t have to be plunge into the water, dog wrestle and risk getting scratched up. You can just grab the handle and hoist your soaking wet terrier package to safety.

Especially recommended is the Kyjen Outward Hound Designer Pet Saver Life Jacket, Small, Orange, which has a multitude of five-star reviews. One Scottie-owning  reviewer writes: “Loved this jacket, fit my Scottish Terrier Mandy perfectly worked well in every respect. We took her canoeing this weekend and she loved floating & swimming with the jacket much better than her old jacket as this one supports her much better under her belly and neck area. Really well made should last a very long time!”

In case you can’t find it, here’s a size chart:

xx-small = 11″-14″ girth, up to 11 Lbs.
x-small = 15″-19″ girth, up to 18 Lbs.
small = 19″-24″ girth, 15-25 Lbs.
Med = 22″-29″ girth, 20-50 Lbs.
Large = 26″-35″ girth, 40-70 Lbs.
x-large = 31″-41″ girth, over 70 Lbs.

Please chime in and add any life jacket recommendations of your own.

Check out dog life jackets on Amazon

Protecting your dog from contact voltage on the streets

You’ve probably heard horror stories about pets being shocked by stray voltage while out for their walks and, in the worst cases, dying. Earlier this week, The Scottish Terrier and Dog News received this Toronto Hydro flyer on protecting pets from electrical shocks  and we thought we should share it with you

HYDRO Web Fact Sheet FINAL

What’s the latest you’ve ever seen a Scottish Terrier’s ears perk up?

Naomi from down under writes:

Is it possible for me to ask a question? We have our newest addition, Lola. Shes a Scottish Terrier… Shes just over 6 months old and still has floppy ears? I’ve been trying to do some research about why her ears won’t sit up. Do you have any links that you suggest I look at?

Sorry, I don’t have any links but I do have expert readers, who will almost certainly chime in with the answer(s).