Collie Health



You can report a suspected adverse reaction or lack of efficacy to a veterinary medicine - CLICK HERE for more details


Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy - more information HERE

Alabama Rot - a frank and honest view from someone with first hand experience- author unknown HERE


Read about the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for dogs HERE and HERE

BABESIOSIS read more here

Thinking of - WEBSITE

Should I breed from my bitch - HERE

Should I offer my dog at stud - HERE

Breeding from your bitch and stud work Kennel club document - pdf file


BROADLINE Warning - Broadline spot on is a parasite control for CATS only - and should not be used on dogs, especially Collies. read more

In the case of hot liquids, you need to cool the area off with cold water or wet, cold and clean towels, but this only applies if the wound is fresh. If the skin is cold then you need to be really careful as the skin is compromised. As a result, bacteria can easily colonise the damaged area, so use clean and preferable sterile dressings.

Veterinary attention should be sought immediately. As the skin has been damaged bacteria can enter and so cleaning and antibiotics may be required for smaller lesions. In larger lesions, much more aggressive therapy is required. In most cases intravenous fluid therapy will be needed as well as pain relief, antibiotics and often frequent dressing changes (which your dog may need to be sedated for). The prognosis depends on the extent of the burn but in most cases is good.

Electrical injuries nearly always affect the mouth, and will show as burns on the lips and across the roof of the mouth, so don’t forget to open the mouth and have a look inside if you find a damaged electrical cable within your dog’s reach. If there are lesions on the back or top of the head then hot liquids are possible. Caustic substances may well most commonly affect the feet and mouth/tongue (from licking to clean themselves) and heat pads and hot water bottles will affect the tummy.

C SECTION Link to an article written specifically for Collies HERE

The leading cause of death in dogs over 10 years of more here

Some common signs of cancer in dogs here

CEA Eye examiners - Find an eye specialist in your area HERE
COAT AND SKIN Home made coat and skin supplement
The benefits of Coconut Oil - read more here

Aloe Vera Juice is an excellent herbal home remedy for a number of inflammatory bowel conditions including colitis, and IBS. Use only 100% pure food grade Aloe Vera Juice intended for internal consumption by humans; Do not give to pregnant or lactating dog or cats; Do not give to puppies 6 months of age or younger; Do not use aloe latex as an ingested treatment for dogs or cats.

Aloe Vera contains nutrient compounds that help in the healing and soothing of: The digestive tract... Helps enable healing and repair of ulcers in both the stomach and the intestines, decreases inflammation resulting from: Asthma, Arthritis, Colitis, Diabetes, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and other inflammatory GI tract conditions. Will also treat the side effects of some radiation treatments.

Add to food once a day; Medium size dogs - 1/8 cup Large size dogs - 1/4 cup X-Large dogs - 1/3 to 1/2 cup - this will generally need to given carefully with a syringe as Aloe Vera Juice can be bitter and dogs will not take it on their food

CRUCIATE LIGAMENT Symptoms, Treatment and owners experience
Collie nose...
DOUBLE MERLE What is a double mere - click here
Cyclic Hematopoiesis and Cyclic Neutropenia - (also known as Gray Collie Syndrome)
FLEXI LEADS The dangers of Flexi Leads - read more here
Grape and Raisin Toxicity in dogs
GROOMING SPRAYS Home made grooming sprays
HEALTH TESTING Combi Breed Health Testing Package
November 2014 - Survey results - read more here
List of recommended vets
The dangers of Horse Manure if horses have been wormed and manure is eaten by dogs
HYDROTHERAPY The benefits of Hydrotherapy for your dog
LEPTO 4 CAUTION - Lepto 4 vaccination
MANGE Flowers of Sulphar
MANUKA HONEY The benefits of Manuka honey for wound care, and internally
Many herding breed dogs (the most commonly affected in the UK are: All breeds of Collie, Shetland Sheepdog, GSD and, Australian Shepherd dogs - including cross breeds) have a genetic predisposition to adverse drug reactions involving over a dozen different drugs. Read more here
METACAM Metacam for dogs is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used primarily to treat arthritis - read some of the side effects HERE

Guide to Compulsory Microchipping (pdf document)


The benefits of Oatmeal for your dogs skin/coat HERE
OXYTOCIN Oxytocin is a tremendously useful tool, as long as you follow one simple rule: Is your bitch whelping? THEN DO NOT USE more HERE
House and Garden Plants Poisonous to Dogs - read more here
RAW FOOD The potential benefits on a raw fed diet
RIMADYL Side effects and reported cases - read more here
SHAMPOO Home Made All Natural Dog Shampoo

What vets dont tell you - read more here

PUMPKIN The benefits of pumpkin for dogs HERE
RIMADYL The Killer drug - one viewers experience HERE
SKIN CONDITIONS Including hot spots, mange and yeast infections
STICKS Why you should not let dogs have sticks - read more here
STINGS and bites Bee and Wasp Stings and Adder bites
With more information on seasonal canine illness and Lyme disease - read more here
TITRE TESTING More information on Titre testing HERE
TURMERIC Read more about the benefits of Turmeric here
VACCINE ALERT Nobivac Lepto 4 - read more here

Vaccination Guidelines

Vaccination Protcol - you tube HERE

Annual Vaccine Review - HERE

Vaccinations, too early, too early, too often and too much HERE


My dog drank blue green algae water.......... If a dog swallows algae containing a combination of the most severe toxins (neurotoxins and hepatotoxins), they may start showing signs within minutes. Signs in dogs exposed only to hepatotoxins can take between one and a few hours to show.

The most common signs of blue green algae poisoning include: Vomiting, Diarrhoea, Disorientation/weakness,Breathing difficulties, Drooling, Seizures, Blood in stools, Coma, and Shock. You should seek urgent veterinary help as blue green algae can lead to liver damage



Do not give your pet human medications unless instructed by your vet. Some human medication can be harmful and even fatal ie: ibuprofen, paracetamol and immodium.
If in doubt, seek professional advice.


Recording CEA and prcd-PRA DNA tests
The Kennel Club would wish to clarify the position with regard to the recording of DNA test results for both prcd-PRA and CEA/CH.

Both these DNA tests carry patents in the UK and most other European countries. The patents are owned by Cornell University in the US, and are licensed exclusively to OptiGen worldwide. They also have non-exclusive licensing of the CL test (for Border Collies) in Europe (and exclusive use of this patent in the USA). It is important to note therefore that the KC will only officially record the DNA results for these diseases if they have been tested by OptiGen (or Genetic Technologies in Australia who have a licence to perform the tests).

Part of the patent includes the advertisement and recording of results and therefore whilst this patent is still in force, the Kennel Club will only be publishing the outcome of Optigen tests. The position the KC has taken stems purely from legal ramifications and has no reason to question the quality and reliability of tests offered by other labs. For clarification, only results of prcd-PRA or CEA/CH DNA tests issued by Optigen will be recorded by the KC, and these results will appear on registration certificates, in the BRS and online via Mate Select.

However, we are aware that other laboratories such as Laboklin and Idexx have made arrangements with Optigen so that if any of their clients want either prcd-PRA or CEA/CH results recorded, these labs will send the DNA to Optigen and they will issue a result / certificate back to laboratory.

Conkers Warning............

Conkers from the Horse Chestnut tree can be poisonous to pets but they are not very palatable so animals rarely eat large quantities of them. As well as being poisonous, they may also become stuck in the intestines, causing a blockage.

Animals will often vomit and may also have muscle spasms or tremors. Vomiting is also the main sign associated with a blockage of the gut and you may also notice a reduction in production of faeces.

Read more here.......

Other Poisonous substances

Chocolate: Chocolate contains a compound called theobromine which is part of the xanthine group of compounds, similar to caffeine. Chocolate becomes more toxic the higher the cocoa content, for example the toxic dose of milk chocolate is 9g chocolate per kilo of the dog's weight whereas dark chocolate is nearer 1g chocolate per kilo of dogs weight, meaning they have to eat a smaller amount of dark chocolate before becoming ill.

Antifreeze:  Most antifreeze contains a chemical called ethylene glycol, which is very toxic if ingested. Sadly it seems to be palatable to pets and they will lap it up if within reach so store sealed and out of reach of pets. Cats are affected at a lower dose, around 1.5ml ethylene glycol per kilo of bodyweight, Dogs have to ingest around 5ml per kilo bodyweight to become ill. Most solutions for use in cars are more dilute so more needs to be ingested to cause illness but can still be very dangerous.

Mushrooms: Ingestion of wild mushrooms or toadstools can cause a variety of symptoms but not all types are poisonous. They are particularly prevalent in the autumn and in damp conditions.

Batteries: Many childrens toys contain batteries as well as normal household items such as the remote control. Batteries contain corrosive alkaline fluid that can cause burns to the gums, tongue, skin, oesophagus and stomach lining. Dogs are likely to be worse affected as they will chew the battery first enabling the corrosive fluid to leak out. If you think your pet has chewed or swallowed a battery then call your vet. There are medications that can be given to protect the lining of the stomach and intestines and if the battery becomes stuck then surgery may be needed to remove it.

Panicked, hopeless, and unable to cool down, many dogs left in hot cars die each year. The temperature inside a parked car on a warm day, even with the windows slightly open, can reach 160 degrees or above, causing potential brain damage, heatstroke, and death—all in a matter of minutes. This summer, and on any warm day, leave your dogs safe at home.