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Health Info

Westie Dog Health Information West Highland Terrier Rescue - Westies in Need Canada

Here is some general health info that Westies in Need has gathered over the many years of knowing and loving this wonderful breed.

If you have any question that you would like to know the answer to and you don't see it below, please let us know and we can add it to our list!

Please note that this information is not meant to be a substitute for holistic, traditional or emergency veterinary care for your Westie.

Westies in Need Itchy Skin Program

We have been asked by many folks to make a step by step document of our Westies in Need itchy skin protocol. Here it is…it is LONG and there is lots of info…please read it carefully and let us know if you have any questions.

Westies in Need has had some incredible improvements…we know Westie skin!


Q). My Westie has itchy skin, smells like a corn chip, has recurring ear infections, is licking or chewing on her feet...what do I do???

Q). My Westies' tummy is sometimes growly-really loud sometimes and seems to be sore...sometimes she won't even eat, other than grass to throw up...what should I do???

Q). My Westies throws up a yellow foamy bile quite often, what should I do???

Q). My Westie gets ear infections...what can I do????????

Q). I am confused about vaccinations for my Westie..should I vaccinate and when???

Q). I am confused about kennel cough...what is it and should I vaccinate for it?

Q). My Vet has suggested allergy testing...is it useful???

Q). My Westie has a bit of diarrhea today...any suggestions?

Q). My Westie has been eating the same food for a while now and for some reason she does not seem to like it any longer...why is that?

Q). My friend told me to give my Westie a medication or a "home remedy" that I am not sure of...what should I do?

Q). Does my Westie really need nutritional supplements? If so, what should they have?

Q). I would like to have some suggestions on what shampoo to use on my Westie...and what not to use!

Q). What should I feed my Westie? And what should I NOT feed them?

Q). I have heard that Pure Tea Tree Oil is dangerous for dogs...is that true?

Q). My Westie seems to have some mild seasonal allergies...sneezing, itching, watery eyes...what can I give him?

Q). My Westie seems to have some muscle weakness, she seems a bit depressed, is not that interested in her food and has been vomiting a bit---we have a Vet appointment booked, but any idea what it may be ?

Q). My Westie seems to have this on going cough and a bit of a rattling sound...what could it be?

Q). How do I know if my Westie is diabetic?

Q). My Westie has been diagnosed with dry eye...what should I do?

Q). My Westie has been diagnosed with Addisons Disease...what does this mean and what should I do?

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Rescue me not to replace one you've lost but to soothe your spirit.
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