I have had 6 scotties.
My first two both died of cancer. One had bladder cancer at age 6 and the other had melanoma which spread throughout her body at age 9.
The four scotties I have now are all from a breeder in Idaho…nice clean air. Two are ages 10 and 8 and are former breeding females. Both are a bit overweight, but otherwise healthy. Two are puppies born about two weeks apart from different mothers.
For all four dogs, we have done several things. I no longer have a lawn and therefore no lawn pesticides. Other pesticides are used sparingly and away from the areas that the dogs inhabit.
My issue is with walks. Pesticides are washed into the streets in large amounts. The scotties walk through it no matter what you do. Ours are kept from drinking gutter water. They are not allowed on anyone’s lawn. Most importantly, when we reach home all go into the bathroom and they individually have their paws washed. I am convinced that the habit of scotties licking their paws is a mechanism to concentrate and ingest pesticides.
I am hopeful all of our girls make it to at least 12 years. We shall see.
Thank you Steve for sharing this. I only clean my boys feet after muddy walks, but having read this, and particularly as most of our walks are across farm land(!!!), I shall certainly start cleaning them after each walk! Thanks again.