This is really just a few of the more common disorders found with Scottish Terriers. This just reiterate's the importance of working with a reputable breeder. Even if you don't ever have a dog from us, please educate yourself and know the right questions to ask from whomever you purchase your dog from. Thank you for stopping by to see us! Warmest regards!
CMO Craniomandibular Osteopathy
The Scottie's muscles are not cramping and he is not experiencing pain. He has just temporarily lost the ability to coordinate his movements. Scottie Cramp is present from birth, but it often takes the eye of an experienced breeder to spot it. Affected dogs soon learn to anticipate the onset of cramping and abruptly stop running or playing. By the time such a puppy is grown, he may never exhibit any signs at all. Similarly, an affected dog with a very laid-back personality is less likely to exhibit symptoms than a more active dog
Treatment is seldom necessary but, in severe cases, Vitamin E, diazepam and Prozac have all proven to be effective.
In a typical seizure, the dog will salivate excessively. There is usually dilation of the pupils and stiffening of the limbs. The dog may arch its back and paddle its legs. Frequently, the dog's temperature will spike up three to five degrees. Urination or defecation may accompany or follow the episode. Seizures usually last only a minute or two, but severely affected dogs may have longer and more frequent episodes. Dogs who have infrequent seizures do not require treatment.
A Scottie should be checked for Cushing's if exhibiting the following symptoms:
Cushing's Syndrome is usually treated successfully. Surgery is rarely recommended and radiation therapy, used in humans, is very expensive and rarely available for dogs.
Von Willebrand's Disease
A reduction in von Willebrand factor leads to abnormal platelet function and prolonged bleeding times. Affected dogs are prone to bleeding episodes such as nose bleeds, and generally experience increased bleeding with trauma or a surgical procedure.
Bleeding abnormalities are severe in dogs with Types II and III Von Willebrand's disease.
Scottish Terriers fall into Type III which is why this can be a very serious problem.
Thanks to the Scottish Terrier Club of America and the Scottish Terrier Club of Michigan in conjunction with VetGen, it is now possible to rule out these concerns with a simple test.
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