I do insure my Scotties. Have done since 1997. Having just suffered the lost of Finlay, I have decided to upgrade the insurance policy for my remaining Scottie – Bobby. However, having been woken up to the dangers of over-vaccination, I am concerned that the small print on some insurance policies once stated that if your dog was not boosted annually, your insurance claim may be invalid. Today though, in looking into upgrading Bobby’s insurance policy I noticed a statement indicating that you could have an insurance policy even if you didn’t annually vaccinate your dog, but of course should he fall ill from that particular “disease” the insurance company would not pay out!
So, I decided to look on the internet to see how often dogs not vaccinated actually fell seriously ill from not being inoculated. Haven’t yet find the information I want as I became fascinated with the first page I opened “The Dangers of Annual Dog Vaccinations”
It appears from in depth research and ongoing studies from veterinary hospitals and leading veterinary professors of immunology, that over-vaccinating can be the cause of some serious health problems, and even death in our cats and dogs. More research must be done. But who is going to fund it? The Vets, Vaccine Companies, or the BVA?. I doubt it. I do not believe it would be in their best interests – states the author Stan Rawlinson in February 2013
The article is full of hard-hitting statements that I could add into this document, but I think it’s best you read it for yourselves. Its a long article but intelligently and informatively written. It’s something I’ll bookmark and return to regularly. I suggest a pot of coffee or something stronger and a 20 minute window to have a good read of this.
most of the vets in our area now are recommending vaccinations only every three years. I will vaccinate only when the titers indicate that I need to. Someone had an interesting point about the kennel cough that vaccine is over 29 years old and they bet that the kennel,cough itself has evolved to a different form now just like the flu does each year
Maud our 3 +year old Scottie is delightful . Naughty, “selectively deaf” and a comic with a big personality. Around 10 months she developed very itchy, uncomfortable and crusty skin. After many skin tests, an exclusion diets etc (I was pretty certain it was not diet) at The Edinburgh Vet school we were lucky enough to to find the cause. ( not always the case) . Maud is sensitive to a protein that the Staph Aurius bacteria produce. These bacteria are naturally present on both humans and animals. The problem with Maud was a higher than usual colonisation present on the skin. In order to combat the dermatitis we wash her with Antibacterial shampoo Malaseb at least 2-3x weekly,more if she has been in a mucky place. After leaving on for at least 10 min before rinsing off, she is then rinsed in a solution of 2mls thin bleach / 1 litre warm water and then towelled dry. In winter we bath and towel her in the evenings so she dries in a warm environment. Between baths she is sprayed daily with the bleach solution 15 mls/1 litre water ( made up fresh daily) .
Maud was also started on Atopica 50 mg daily for around 3-4 weeks decreasing to alternative days. We have been able to go to every third day now. There is plenty of information around on the use of Atopica and we are very aware of the side effects and controversity surrounding this drug. For our girl the treatment regime above is working . It allows her live a ” normal” dog life that is relatively itch free.
I tend to clip her top half and her skirt is kept fairly short also . Her diet is a high quality dry food with the meat/ poultry protein the first ingredient followed by brown rice and veg. Avoid meals where grain is listed in the first few ingredients. Try and avoid wheat altogether. It is a cheap filler that dogs do not need. Chopped lightly cooked root veg and greens are useful additives as is the stock from a devoid of bones boiled chicken carcass.
Skin problems are one of the problems these terriers have, so hope this information might help anyone who has similar problems with their Scottie.