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Westie Puppies And Dogs - Important Health Information That You Must Know!

Nov 24, 2007
The West Highland White Terrier that is bred well and taken care of is usually very healthy but there are things you should know to keep your Westie as healthy as possible.

One of the most important things that can be done to keep puppies healthy is to choose a good vet and make sure you schedule check-ups when needed. The first time the pups are taken to the vet they will be checked and assessed. Watch the vet to she how she handles the puppies. The vet should be gentle and take the time needed to do a proper examination.

There are vets that are not interested in smaller animals so do not be afraid to find a vet that likes little dogs. If you are not comfortable with the way the vet handles your dog/s on the first visit do not hesitate to find another.

Westies sometimes are prone to develop cysts between their toes. If you notice that a puppy is limping or having difficultly walking you may want to check for a cyst. When you notice the foot is swollen between the toes and the puppies foot is very hot you will need to soak his paw in water that is as hot as he can stand. Add a spoonful of salt to the water before soaking and after several treatments the abscess should break.

Your Westie may have times when his anal glands need to be emptied. The vet will need to do this and it is important because an abscess can occur if this is not treated. When you notice and unpleasant smell and your dog is dragging his bottom on the ground or chewing his tail it is time to call the vet.

Some Westies have problem with allergies. Your vet will be able to help you with solutions that could include allergy testing and medication. A change in diet or grooming may also help.

Always be cognizant of the possibility of parasites. Dogs sometimes are affected by worms and the best treatment for roundworms is a regular dose of medication that is formulated for this type of worm. Tapeworms are rare but can be treated with pills.

When caring for your Westie you should find a great vet, schedule regular appointments, pay attention to any change in the health of your dog and take preventative measures.
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