Step # 1
Prevent any Exposure to Herbicides and Pesticides in
Lawns and Gardens.
Keep your dog off of any lawn, public or private, if you don’t
know whether it has been treated with chemicals. This unfortunately
means almost all public lawns, and many public parks. Some hotels
treat carpets and other fabrics with pesticides. Read Purdue University
research, recommending that Scottie owners keep their dogs away
from areas treated by pesticides:
Protection Step # 2
Weight Control and Carbohydrates .
There is a correlation between carbohydrates and cancer. Keep carbohydrates
to a bare minimum. Keep your pet at a slim but not starving weight
in which you can feel the ribs when you put your hands on its rib
cage. Most Scotties should be between 19 and 22 pounds or approximately
8.5 to 10 kg; a very large Scottie could go up to 12kg. Every kilogram
is critical on the small Scottie body.
Not all Scotties fall into the above standard. Much depends on the
Scottie’s bone structure and frame. Regarding weight, one
breeder stated: “ideal weight is totally dependent on the
frame size of the Scotties. There are some Scotties with huge frames,
which need to carry more weight to have an "ideal" lean
weight. Right now I have a 12 1/2 pound Scottie which is an ideal
weight for her frame. In the past I had a huge, huge Scottie that
was at an ideal weight at almost 35 pounds”.
Piper developed a bit of a taste for ice cream, and got it from
us--even when we were totally silent taking it from the refrigerator
and he was in another room he would appear as soon as the lid silently
came off of a cardboard ice cream box-- maybe once a month.
Protection Step # 3
Prevent Exposure to Cigarette Smoke.
Never allow your animal to breathe cigarette smoke or any other
kind of smoke. If dogs regularly have to breathe smoke, they are
at a higher risk of cancer.
Protection Step # 4
Give Your Dog a Minimum of One Good Walk Per Day
Dogs who do not get a minimum of one good walk per day are at a
higher risk of cancer. Walks are needed to clean wastes out the
Protection Step # 5
Prevent Exposure to Solvents, like Oil Based Paint,
Dry Cleaning Solution, Varsol.
Protection Step # 6
Use Caution in Treating with Medication to Prevent Fleas.
Many Scotties absolutely need flea control because they are hyperallergenic
to fleas. Regular garlic in the dog’s food is an effective
way to prevent fleas, and has other health benefits.
Purdue University’s epidemiology study reported in 2003, that
older topical flea and/or tick products, specifically dips, powders,
and collars, are associated with an increased risk of TCC. Among
the newer products, only spot-ons containing fipronil significantly
decreased the risk of TCC, while other spot-ons were unassociated
with TCC risk.
The study concludes that “Owners of Scottish Terriers are
advised to reduce their use of older insecticides and switch to
spot-ons, particularly those containing fipronil, until additional
risk studies are done”.
Protection Step # 7
a Minimum of Vaccinations.
Protection Step # 8
Do Not Use the Microwave to Heat Food.
Even more important, never microwave a pet’s food in a plastic
dish or plastic-like wrap of any kind, even a microwavable dish.
This is important for both dogs and humans.
If you have to use a microwave occasionally, use a crockery
dish and cover it with paper.
Reference: John Hopkins Hospital University Research
Protection Step # 9
Add Vitamin Supplements to Food.
Many experts say that the food grown and produced today is not as
nutritious as it was in the past. Thus dogs need a multivitamin.
Protection Step # 10
Feed Your Pet Organic Food as Much as Possible.
Grind up lots of dark green vegetables, cranberries and blueberries
in the dog’s food. Broccoli has been found to be correlated
with a reduced rate of bladder cancer. Within the constraints of
carbohydrate control, if you use mainly DRY organic food, you will
have a dog whose teeth rarely need cleaning.
A lot of canned dog food is made from animal byproducts and even
animals which have died of disease. Many canned and dry dog foods
have harmful preservatives and are made from animal byproducts.
To be safe, feed Scottish Terriers only organic food.
10 Steps and Piper
When cancer hit Piper, we could not believe our misfortune in having
it happen a second time, as we had known about pesticides and cigarette
smoke and vitamins and exercise. We more were rigorous about avoiding
the known hazards than the average Scottie owner, because we were
We made the microwave mistake above about four times in his lifetime,
not knowing about the risks to both animals and humans. We no longer
even have a microwave in our house, and if I have to use the microwave
at work I only use crockery containers. We did treat Piper with
Advantage for fleas, and we were renovating, so he might have had
one or two exposures to breathing varsol from a distance.
There is a widespread belief that dogs that have not been spayed
are at a higher risk of cancer. Veterinarians specializing in cancer
state that there is no connection whatever between cancer and neutering.
Piper was a different kind of Scottie in that he got four walks
per day, including one longer walk; he was not at all sedentary.
Piper got no canned food other than very premium canned food very
occasionally (once or twice a year). He ate only the food we ate
(scary thought), although we never fed him from the table as he
had gone through obedience training. He got lots of good vitamins
and greens. He never breathed smoke in his life. We would in future
give a Scottie nothing but organic food.
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