Medical Web Site Resources
As in all breeds, Westies are prone to specific medical problems. You will find many covered in the Health portion of this website, directly or through links to other sites. Of course, individual dogs will come up with conditions that are not as common or recognized at this time.
Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs: The Complete Medical and Integrative Guide to Treating Pain
(Dr. Petty has helped several of our dogs with pain issues.)
FIRST AID – TICK REMOVAL (click here to obtain an information sheet)
When your Westie has been diagnosed with a medical condition, it is often helpful to do research to expand your understanding and care of the dog. On this page you will see links to several sites which have excellent information on medical issues. These sites are not necessarily Westie-specific but the information given is very good and understandable.
Vomiting in dogs can be caused by several things and can be a sign of a number of severe problems. It can also be a sign of something as simple as an empty stomach. Vomiting a yellow bile in the night or early morning is very common among Westies. You can often resolve this simply by giving the dog a bedtime treat containing fiber so that his tummy will have something in it overnight. (A nice biscuit, a piece of stew beef, or some other treat should work.) If this does not help, contact your vet about vomiting. He/She can determine what is wrong and how to best treat it.
IDIOPATHIC PULMONARY FIBROSIS (IPF),
CLICK on Wendy’s photo to read about IPF, a disease that affects too many Westies like Wendy and humans also.
HELP FOR BLIND DOGS
CLICK HERE for a website that offers a lot of help to owners of blind dogs.
CLICK HERE for instructions on “How To Make A Collar For A Blind Dog”.
WHITE SHAKER SYNDROME
CLICK HERE to read about White Shaker Syndrome, a treatable disease that sometimes affects Westies.
The sites given here are meant to supplement your Vet’s diagnosis and not to be used as a substitution for proper medical care. Please click on the links to go to any one of several medical resources.
NATIONAL WESTIE CLUB (Choose health concerns)
In almost every dog owner’s life, there comes a time when their beloved little friend requires some sort of surgery. This is a difficult time emotionally for both humans and pets. The humans, of course, understand what has happened and are concerned for the health of the pet and also feel a great responsibility towards the special care that will be required. But we must not overlook the feelings of the other family pets. No one can really explain to them what has happened or why their friend is not feeling well. They need to be included in the care picture. If it is possible, allow them to gently greet their sick friend and see that he or she is alive but in need of special care. They will almost always react with concern and will somehow understand that they cannot play roughly. It is very likely that they will want to take care of their friend if only by being there with the sick dog. In this photo, little Molly has two guardian angels watching over her.
FINANCIAL AID FOR PETS
These sites provide many sources for financial assistance. We do not have first-hand knowledge of these organizations and cannot recommend them. It is your responsibility to research and evaluate them yourself. We hope it will provide a good start for such a search during these hard financial times.
Debi Szot, who is a big part of Boxer Haven, has started a fund for people going through hard times and struggling to keep their pets. There are 3 funds one for senior citizens (named after a rescue dog, Ruby), one for victims of domestic abuse and one for people who are struggling in these hard financial times to keep their pets. For now most of the donations are coming from Mecosta County since she is known there but they will help all over Michigan. They are waiting for their 501 which should happen sometime this month but, they are up and running. This is an example of Debi’s huge heart. Below see the link for the site and if you have someone who you know really wants to keep their pet and would benefit from this fund please feel free to share.
We encourage everyone who is interested to help out by donating to this organization. We all know how great the need is out there now because of the hard financial times. If you can help, someone else may be able to keep their pets.
For more related information, please check the menu items for Allergies, Dental, Health and Grooming.