Scottish Terrier Health Information

Scottish Terriers are known as a hearty and healthy breed. They have a minimum of genetic problems and good longevity. However, if you expect a long and healthy life for your dog you must provide a well balanced diet, adequate exercise, regular grooming, and annual medical checkups.


After a winter of El Nino and its resulting mold, spring has arrived with irritating pollens from trees, grass, and flowers causing many to sniffle, sneeze and rub itchy eyes. We are not the only ones to suffer and though our dogs may not show the same symptoms to allergies as we do, they also suffer. In dogs, pollens can cause excessive itching leading to hair loss and infections.  We have found that simply supplementing our dog’s daily diet with a food supplement containing marine and vegetable oils rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids has eliminated all itching and resulting hair loss. This supplement can be obtained from your vet, pet store or pet supply catalog in either liquid or capsule form. Aside from providing nutritional benefits they also have antihistamine effects and are very safe for your pet.

Another common allergy can be caused by the saliva of the flea. Symptoms are itching and loss of hair most usually apparent over the back and at the base of the tail. With today’s excellent topical solutions no one should have trouble ridding their dogs of flea infestation and eliminating them from their environment. We have two cats that were a source of fleas but with the application of a topical solution administered once a month we have no fleas and do not have to treat our dogs. Simultaneous spraying of the inside and outside environment should also eliminate the present fleas and aid in future flea infestation.

A less common cause of irritation to our pets are food allergies. Corn and wheat are common causes and are present in many pet foods. For seven years we have limited the intake of corn and wheat in conjunction with a supplement of fatty acids and have had no itching or skin problems. Without the addition of the fatty acid all of our Scotties have had excess itching during times of heavy pollination.

To treat infections resulting from scratching due to allergies, consult your veterinarian. It may be necessary to administer antibiotics. Steroids have been commonly used and while they have an anti-inflammatory effect at lower doses, higher doses of steroids can actually inhibit or suppress the immune system. Steroids may be effective for short-term treatment but they can have dangerous side effects. With longer therapy the development of Cushing’s disease, kidney and liver disease, and urinary tract infections can occur. Since allergies are generally for the life of the animal it is imperative that treatments other than steroids be used.

Antihistamines can also he used if diet supplementation and flea control is not effective. They are safer than steroids for long term treatment but animals do not consistently respond to antihistamine treatment. Different antihistamines often have to be tried until one is found that is effective. This should only be undertaken with the help of your veterinarian.

‘Tis the season!

The Adventures of Miss Sally Sue and Mister Mister McTavish!

Sally Sue & Mr. McTavishBounding in the house like a bolt of lighting, were two high-energy Scotties, who were wondering if this was just one more stop on their travels or was it as Debby promised a home forever!

Miss Sally Sue or aka “Long Tall Sally” was the first to size things up, hmmm the pillows on the couch can go sliding and flying with just a slight kick, the coffee table sitting in front of the couch seems to be the track markers for a good chase with her brother when things slow down.  Of course she had to give everything the sniff test and kept looking back at Debby to say is this it- are we finally home or this just another stopover?

Mister McTavishOn the other hand Mister- Mister McTavish or better known as “no-name” since he didn’t know his real name, (skinny and weak), was following his sister around, looking for cues of whether this place just might work.  While trying to stand proud and confident as a great Scottie should, he was certain to be within sight of where she was and what she was doing. Of course at meal time, that was his domain, a little sirloin mixed with kibble seemed to convince him this place just might work.

As you might imagine, the first night all in all went smoothly, as good visitors, they happily ate the dinner provided by the hosts, then proceeded to sleep in the guest bed provided….although it must have seen crowded, because the hosts were there as well.

Over the next couple of weeks, the hosts became guardians and started laying down some rules (of course they were seldom if ever obeyed) and a routine started to form, walks with their own personal trainer, Tim along with their buddies and a fun loving aunt named Debra became a regular companion on their adventures who kept telling them everything would be all right.  The only break in the routine, were the days when Debby came back to take them off to get “tutored” or something like that…..

Things are sure different here than in Sacramento, bicyclists go wheeling by, buses hiss at every corner, dogs seem to walk everywhere with their owners, and the parking in the city, oh well that’s another story; life seems to hold an adventure everyday.

All in all this is everything Debby promised, lots of love, good food, our place on the couch and of course the garden!  This is a place called home…..


San Francisco Bay Scottish Terrier Rescue

Rescue is in need of Foster Homes!! If you have room in your heart and home to care for a foster scottie, or you can provide a “forever” home for a rescued Scottie please email : or call:

Debby Knous 650–345–0245
Alice Ramsauer 408–738–4656
Pam Jewell 916–372–5003
Nancy Taverez 707–769–8435
Nancy Yarbrough Robson 650-  348-0407

After you contact Scottish Terrier Rescue, the next step will be to complete and submit the Application for Adoption Online 2016.