West Highland White Terrier - Westie Question

I LOVE MY WESTIE HE IS SO SMART AND A LOVING DOG.BUT,HE HAS ALLERGIES SO BAD ALWAYS CHEWING HIS...


I LOVE MY WESTIE HE IS SO SMART AND A LOVING DOG.BUT,HE HAS ALLERGIES SO BAD ALWAYS CHEWING HIS FEET AND SCRATCHING UNTIL THEY ARE RAW AND HAVE SORES.CAN ANYONE TELL ME THE BEST THING THAT I COULD DO FOR HIM TO GET HIS ALLERIES UNDER CONTROL AND MAINTAIN THIS.I HATE SEEING HIM GO THROUGH THIS AND ITS ALL YEAR LONG.I WAS TOLD THAT WESTIES ARE KNOWN FOR ALLERGIES IS THIS TRUE? I LIVE IN FLORIDA IS THAT THE PROBLEM?

    In West Highland White Terrier - Westie - Asked by Anonymous - 2/15/2011 2:38:32 PM
Westies absolutely have allergies. It is typically environmental or diet related. With my own westie, I had to try 4-5 different types of foods paying close attention to ingredients to determine which ingredients made the food licking and scratching worse. Had to do the same thing with dog treats, greenies, milkbones, etc. It if it environmental your options are more limited. Definitely you should contact a vet and consider a strictly controlled diet. Also their paws basically get chapped, so the licking is a self-perpetuating thing. Again seek advice from a vet.
    Answered by Anonymous - 2/16/2011 10:13:21 PM


It's also possible to give your westie Benadryl. You need to call the vet and ask how much to give to your pup based on his weight.
    Answered by Anonymous - 3/17/2011 12:11:42 PM


My male westie had the same problem. My vet had me start feeding him Beniful (SP) red bag and the problem seems to have improved a great deal.
    Answered by Anonymous - 3/29/2011 1:30:16 AM


Yes living in Fl is worse for Westies. I had one growing up and 2 now. And I too live in Fl. One has suffered greatly but with persistence he is doing great. He had an allergy test. He is allergic to dust. Baby wipes are needed for his feet after he goes out. There is spray and shampoo. A weekly bath and his own clean blanket help. I would find out exactly what yours is allergic to. Mine was always thought to be allergic to food, this was wrong. If you don't treat the allergies your dog can end up with a yeast and staff infection. Check for black patches on skin under the arms. Good luck. They are worth it.
    Answered by Anonymous - 3/29/2011 8:29:35 PM


I have a ten year old Westie, and I too live in Florida. She never had a problem with allergies until after Katrina. My vet thinks that she is allergic to some kind of tree that was planted somewhere in our neighborhood. So many trees had to be replaced, so it is difficult to tell which one is bothering her. It does not matter what food I feed her, as it does not affect her allergy either way. We tried steroid pills, but they did not do anything. My vet then used steroid injections, and they really worked well. She never really had any adverse affects from them, and we have actually gotten her allergy under control. She has not had an injection for well over a year now and her allergies tend to be in check. She does have some darkening on her tummy that fluctuates at different times of year, but that is about it. The steroids also helped with her ear infections as well. Hope this helps!
    Answered by Anonymous - 4/8/2011 1:14:18 AM


I have a corgi and he chewed on his feet and lost hair up to "knees". I took him to vet who prescribed drops for food, special shampoo, supplements, new food, etc. It seems we tried everything and nothing helped. Then I saw on facebook an ad for Dermapaws. I read about it and ordered some and within one week, I could see a noticeable difference when hair started growing back. Within a month, he was well, Whenever I see him start to lick or gnaw on paws, I start to reapply and he stops. It is great. Not very expensive and well worth it. I live in NC where there are a lot of trees, grasses, etc., that can be itchy. I hope this helps. You can order online. Great stuff.
    Answered by Anonymous - 4/10/2011 2:28:53 PM


We have only had 5 westies in 16 yrs develop true allergies. Allergies is certainly not in all westies. Your vet can do a blood-test to determine what your dog may be allergic too. It can be a bit costly but well worth it, and safer then treatments if he may not have allergies. Many westies are sensitive to whitening shampoos and are mistakenly treated/diagnosed with allegies. It may take 3 to 4 months for the effect of washing one time in a whitening shampoo to wear off, by then the dog has been washed in it again. Johnsons baby shampoo, or Ivory dish soap doesnt cause skin irritation. (rinse well of course and avoid perfumes or conditioners) I have had numerous people tell me it has "cured" the allergy problem in their westie. Since we more often then not did not breed the westie they call about it seems to be a common issue in westies.
    Answered by lgrench - 4/20/2011 11:38:38 AM
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I have a westie who had the same problem with the biting and I started buying his food from whole food. He had a serious allergic reaction to the corn that they added to the food. In no time with the all natural food all his hair has grown back and he doesn't itch. Good luck with this.....I also bought all his treats from whole foods.
    Answered by Anonymous - 5/22/2011 1:55:56 PM


my westie was the same i changed her brand of food and within a few weeks all the chewing stopped, she was fed on bakers complete, but it did not agree with her skin type
    Answered by Anonymous - 7/29/2011 6:04:45 AM