Comments on West Highland White Terrier Dog Breed Expert Advice

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Cierra   Entiat, WA

2/7/2011 5:15:14 PM

How do you hand-strip??? Would i do it or would a groomer do it for me???

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Sandra   Oviedo, FL

6/17/2010 2:59:40 PM

What will be the best food for my westie.. or best goodies..I have a 15 month male westie. Tks

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debra   pasadena, TX

5/28/2010 7:19:35 PM

my westie has black skin, is this normal

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Toni   Aiken, SC

2/17/2010 8:45:46 AM

My Westie developed skin problems at 6 yrs of age. Patches of hair loss, red raw spots -- started with black pore areas, smelling bad, etc., my wonderful vet gave me blood allergy test for about 300.00 showing allergies to a lot of things but I believe the main villain was grains in food so I used a final round of antibiotics and cortisone to get rid of the problem and changed food to no food with Flax (a common ingredient unfortunately) and use a shampoo with a fungicide like Ketoconozole or anything ending in ...conazole. This may sound like a lot of trouble and expense -- but it has been well worth it after fighting this skin problem for a few months and having my Westie look like he had mange and smell worse. He is now back to his beautiful self. I attacked the problem with all resources at once to cover everything and got rid of the problem and now I am continuing the special food and shampoo as insurance-- well worth the small additional cost/effort. Saves in vet bills and medications. I think a lot of times the vet and owner are not dilligent enough (think stubborn terrier) and let the skin problem win-- SHAME --Ha!

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Lori   Beckley, WV

5/1/2009 6:22:30 PM

My Westie Sidney has always had the pink skin color. I noticed some dark spots and thought she had gotten into something. When I gave her a bath I saw she has black spots all over her. She turns one next week. Is her skin color changing or is something wrong? Does anyone know?

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Stephanie   Elliot Lake, ON

4/7/2009 4:02:00 PM

I need help with my female westie puppy. Since we have brought her home at 8 weeks she has had oily, dry, red irritated skin. She itches and scrathes constantly and now she has large patches of hair loss. She also has a "smell" that is not very pleasant emmenating from her skin. We have been to the vet and he was not at all very helpful. He just says she has a skin condition and without $700.00 in testing he cannot diagnose it. I have tried switching her food to an all natural food, I have added Omega 3 fatty acids to her diet and she has been on allergy pills. None of these things have helped what so ever. Do any Westie owners have any advice what so ever to help me relieve some of her discomfort??? Please help, I am at a loss for things to try!!!

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Lawrence   Annapolis, MD

6/16/2008 9:24:27 AM

Thanks for the
article.
I need help for our 14 yr old Westie MOLLY whoes face suddenly turned dark brown from some sort of
stain.
It seemd to happen right after a Lyme disease booster
shot.
It should be noted that years ago she had saliva glands surgically connected to her tear ducts due to severe dry eye
prob.
ANY advice or direction would be greatly appreciated by both of us.

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KatJ   Beaverton, OR

4/24/2008 4:36:07 PM

Questions, I believe my Westie has flea dermatitis. Everything I have read talks mainly about food allergies. However, my little gal tends to have the itchy, dry, hot spots only come spring and summer. So it seems like her diet is okay . . .or should their diet change with the season?

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nancy   pottstown, PA

4/7/2008 7:13:47 PM

what about teeth and hart problems

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