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Topic: First Aid
From: Marie
Residence: NH
Date: October 27, 2004 at 15:43

What does the vet say? Sometimes it may be an anal gland problem.Good luck,Marie

Topic: Medicines and Vets
From: Mara
Residence: Columbus
Date: October 25, 2004 at 22:52

I have a 3 year old Westie. She has had anal discharge since she was young. It is very smelly. My husband and I say it smells like dead shrimp. We have not been able to pin point the cause. It happens at random times and not too often, but you know when it is there. Does this ring any bells for anyone? I would love to know what this is and what we could do to help our baby. Thanks for any info you may have.

Topic: Tips - Grooming
From: Angie
Residence: nyc
Date: October 05, 2004 at 23:45

When you have tick problems with westies the best way to prevent and kill ticks that exist is to use DAWN. the green one. it kills ticks and fleas on contact and doesn't dry out my Gizmo's skin.

Topic: First Aid
From: Jane
Residence: Toronto, Canada
Date: September 30, 2004 at 09:13

I have an 8 month Westie who gets those loud growling noises from his tummy. My boy eats grass and tosses whatever was upsetting his tummy. A couple of hours later, he's back to his old self.

Topic: Rescue Volunteer
From: kimberley
Residence: oregon
Date: September 09, 2004 at 16:43

My family would love to help any terriers in need! We can travel anywhere in Oregon/Washington to help get these critters safe and loved!

Topic: Medicines and Vets
From: Sylvie
Residence: France
Date: August 11, 2004 at 05:59

any solution to cure harvest ticks's itching? each summer my westie suffers from the bites and keeps scratching himsalf. Never found a miraculous medicine. Can you help me? thank you.

Topic: First Aid
From: Sylvie
Residence: France
Date: August 11, 2004 at 05:49

This also happens to my westie Wickett aged 11 and I think it's just natural. When it happens, Wickett's tummy makes loud noises that awaken me at night. It does not happen on a regular basis but it usually lasts 1 day, and then Wickett eats normally. I don't think you have to worry about that.

Topic: First Aid
From: Cathy
Residence: Indiana
Date: August 09, 2004 at 10:56

I have two westies: a girl age 9 and a boy age 6. Both of them get what we call "tummy growlies". It usually lasts 1-2 days and they don't want to eat when it happens. They don't get it at the same time. Their tummies make loud growling sounds and they don't want to eat. Does anyone else have this with their Westies? Is it treatable?

Topic: Miscellaneous
From: peter
Residence: Australia
Date: June 20, 2004 at 07:30

Dr Chets Skincare Treatment is a selection of all Natural Herbal treatments for Hot Spots,control of Fleas,Lice ,Ticks,Queensland Itch,prevents dry skin,tangles,etc it comes as a shampoo,a flea,lice,itch sheild,Herbal Oil rub,Herbal oil Blend.Angus is currently using the Herbal oil Blend which is massaged into his coat morning and night,and so far it does work, he has stopped scratching himself ,and he now has a healthy looking coat,the other product he is using is called Pooch Powder Plus w

Topic: Rescue Volunteer
Date: March 09, 2004 at 14:51

I would be more than happy to serve as a rescue volunteer for any needy Westie. Travelling up to 200 miles will be no problem at all. He/She will find a loving and carrying environment.

Topic: First Aid
Date: March 09, 2004 at 14:49

I would be very happy to serve as a rescue Mom for any Westie needing lots of love. I can travel two hundred miles if needed to take pick up any Westie.

Topic: First Aid
From: snobear
Residence: Alaska
Date: February 04, 2004 at 08:42

This site alaskaday.com/index7.html has some really good pictures of a westie with a serious skin disese. drop me a line if you see simular problems in your dog and i will tell you about his treatment

Topic: First Aid
From: John Hutcheson
Residence: San Jose CA
Date: February 03, 2004 at 17:48

Our Sis (Westie) almost 4 yrs also has Itchies not as bad as what you have said but still bad enough. The first thing is get her to a Vet to make sure it's not some sort of infection, for Sis we have found out that 2 times a week bath with a shampoo called Relive (from the Vet)
2 times a day Benadryl 25Mg and 1 evening primrose oil a day helps us.

Good Luck SIS

Topic: First Aid
Date: January 25, 2004 at 15:04


Topic: First Aid
From: Griffy's Mom
Residence: Portland, OR
Date: January 22, 2004 at 15:53

Here is some advice I received on blockage or suspected blockage due excessive vomiting.

Take his temp. It should be 101.1 to 102.2. Lower could be shock. Higher could be bacterial infection.

Check his gums: White gums are not good.

Give him 2 Tablespoons veg. oil. This will help lubricate the item and help dislodge it.

If he is still taking water and not vomiting, that is good. Also, look for yellow bile. If he is throwing up yellow bile that can signal a blockage.

Call your vet or emergency hosp. if any of these signs are present. A blockage can go septic and be very dangerous.

Topic: Medicines and Vets
From: Jewels
Residence: Lincolnshire, UK
Date: December 06, 2003 at 12:35

I've just lost my little Westie and over the 6 years we were together Bonnie developed numerous illness's that I might be able to pass on some useful tips!!

Dry Eye:

Hypromellose eye drops can be bought from any UK pharmacy for a fraction of the cost your vet would charge, or as an alternative Viscotears liquid gel costs a little more but does last longer.Use cotton buds dipped in a little water to remove gungy stuff from the eyes as cotton wool leaves tiny threads which make the condition worse.

Magnetic Collars:

I was sceptical about this one as Bonnie damaged the cruiate ligaments in both back legs. Along with tablets to ease the pain I would say her Magnetic Collar certainly helped!

Diabetes & Insulin:

Your vet will charge a fortune for any items concerning your pet and Diabetes so for your information.....find a local friendly pharmacist who has a veterinary licence and you can obtain a private prescription from your vet and take it to a pharmacy the cost can be considerably less in the case of insulin!!!

Also things like needles, testing strips and instant glucose (Hypostop) can also be obtained from pharmacy.

When injecting insulin I used to use treats along the way it made for a pleasant experience rather than a bad one. Bring the pet up to your height on a work surface its much easier to control the pet and difficult for them to get away. Inject where the skin is loose and its comfortable for the pet it DOESN'T have to be in the scruff of the neck. Usually around the shoulder will be fine. Try to avoid using the same area time after time, it hardens and bruises the skin.

Once you have settled into a routine life becomes easier and less traumatic than it seemed at first and when you feel comfortable there won't be a need to urine test everyday......you will be able to tell when something is wrong!

Hope this helps

Topic: First Aid
From: Eve
Residence: Pittsburgh PA.
Date: October 30, 2003 at 09:30

This is the number for,
Animal Poison Center,

Topic: Tips - Feeding
From: Marlene & "The 3 Furry Kids"
Residence: Sparks, Nevada
Date: October 08, 2003 at 22:16

I feed my 3 babies twice a day, using Solid Gold, mixed with steamed veggies, along with cooked chicken gizzard. On top of this I sprinkle DENTATREAT by WYSONG, and have not had to have their teeth cleaned in nearly 2 years. Along with this, the best part, is I put a soup spoon of vanilla or raspberry yogurt on the food and mix. (They won't eat the plain yogurt) In using this, I never have any yellow spots on the lawn, & I give to both the boy and 2 girls. They love it, even plain as a treat.

Topic: Tips - Play and Toys
From: Fran
Residence: Woodbridge, NJ
Date: September 18, 2003 at 14:45

My Rocky also loves to play with the empty tube from paper towels but get ready for the mess if he tears it up!

Topic: First Aid
From: Debby
Residence: Olathe
Date: July 17, 2003 at 15:03

any advice on how to deal with westies pups chigger bites? besides the vets telling me benadryl for itching..I like the natural route
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