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West Highland White Skin Problems
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also if they are really itchy and making there saw patches worse, you can give them half a piriton tablet, as in (human) ones, it takes the edge off the itching, horrible to see them suffer, and use polytar shampoo that you get from the chemist its 4 skin conditions in people that is also safe to use on dogs
Good luck and I hope your little fella feels better soon!
hope this helps. let me know if you want more information. vicki x
I have a Westie called Danny .She is 10 and only now has she developed a skin complaint that she has scratched and bitten so that it is horrid !
I really dont like to take her to the vets unless very necessary .
I decided to try Lavender together with Frankinsense and tee tree oils .
I filled a little brown medicine bottle with dropper (from chemist) with almond carrier oil to 3/4 full. Then put 5 drops each of the oils mentioned into carrier oil .Shake it up and massage gently onto skin 2-3 times a day.
Danny loves it and having just massaged her ...she is comfortable and asleep in her basket :-) seems to sooth and give her comfort .
It has almost gone now ...yay !!
I have a westie, she is four now but only once has her skin flared up, took her to the vets and they were reluctant to give her steroids, but told me to use cod liver oil tablets with evening primrose oil capsules which i use every day, and also a piriton tablet every day, and touch wood she has never had a flare up again. Where I take her to cut her hair cut every 3 months the lady says that she is the only westie out of 10 she cuts that has no skin complaint, so I must be doing something right, also she is now on dry dog food. Hope this helps.
Our westie's nearly eight now, and didn't really get this skin problem till a year or so ago. That's about when it started.
He gets bathed regularly with a shampoo containing olive oil, tea tree oil, and cedar wood oil, plus he already gets a daily dose of cod liver oil. He also recently developed swelling of the anal scent gland, and bilious vomiting syndrome.
The vet recommended he be neutered, and I finally caved in and betrayed my little friend by permitting that to be done. It fixed only the scent gland problem.
I seem to have solved his stomach problem by adjusting his diet to wet food only, and I mix that up myself. A recipe or two can be supplied on request. Plus he gets a very small daily dose of the generic gastric acid reducer famotidine, but I may cut that out soon to test whether the adjusted diet alone is enough.
Now I'll work on the skin issue as described, and update here when I know the results.
I should mention that the bathing seems to help keep the skin problem under control, but there's plenty of room for improvement.
Meanwhile, he does not scratch and nibble at himself or appear to be suffering with it.