Westies in Need - WiN
Tummy: Does your Westie's tummy make a lot of noise at times? Sounds like
an angry alien is inside trying to get out? Do they refuse to eat when this
If you would like to know what your Westie is suffering
from..it is called borborygmus. Borborygmus is the gurgling sound made by
normal bowels. The sound occurs when gas moves through the gut and is pushed
along by waves of muscle contraction in the intestinal wall. If your Westie
gets a grumbly tummy-which is common in our breed- there are few things to do
(long term and for right now)...
- make sure that your Westie is on a good Digestive Enzyme.
This is something that should be given daily and forever. A good digestive
enzyme can drastically improve your dog's digestion and absorption of
nutrients. The one we have used is from a company called
Mercola. The company is from the
US and in the past we Canadian folks have had to get it shipped north--however
a Canadian pet store has now brought in many of the Mercola products and will
ship anywhere in Canada...YEA. The store is
The Healthy Dog Store
and they even offer our Westies in Need folks a discount.
- Our rescue has also had great success with a product
It is a fish based protein supplement that you just sprinkle onto your Westie's
food morning and night and it has helped so many dogs with that sore and
grumbly tummy. (They sell a powder and a treat-we have only used the powder)
The product was originally developed for humans and added to the diets of
malnourished or starving children in third world countries. It is sure worth a
try...works really well!!!!
- make sure your Westie has something in their tummy before
bed--an empty stomach can make the stomach growl VERY loudly
- they will need to get something in their stomach as soon
as you can but some refuse to eat. To give your Westie some immediate relief
(this does hurt!) you can offer them any of the products below. As soon as you
see they are feeling a bit better-please offer them a small meal or treat.
|Pepcid AC- 10 MG tablets- give 1/4 pill in
the am and the pm
|Zantac: (we like the Pepcid better) -comes
in 75 mg pills and you can give 0.25-1 mg per pound every 12 hours...so a 20
lb. Westie would get 1/4 pill in the am and pm
|Pepto Bismol: (we still like the Pepcid
better)- comes in a liquid and you can give 0.5-1 ml per pound--please note NOT
the Pepto Bismol Ultra Strength-just the regular strength.
Throwing up Bile:
Although not serious, throwing up that yellow foamy stuff is nothing that pet
parents like to see. What your Westie is throwing up is bile.
important functions in the digestion of food and removal of waste materials
from the body. Bile is created in the liver and stored in the gallbladder until
food has been ingested.
Vomiting bile is usually seen in the morning and is
often caused by stomach inactivity which aggravates the bile reflux. Make sure
you always give your Westie something to eat before bed to keep the tummy full
for as long as possible.
Our rescue has also had great success with a
It is a fish based protein supplement that you just sprinkle onto your Westie's
food morning and night and it has helped so many dogs that throw up bile. (They
sell a powder and a treat-we have only used the powder) It is sure worth a
try...works really well!!!!
If it continues and does seem to become an
issue, you can speak to your Vet about giving them Ursodiol.
Ursodeoxycholic acid (this is a prescription medication) can help to
improve the flow of bile through the tiny ducts into the gall bladder and then
from the gall bladder into the intestine and prevents a build up of bile.
Ear Infections: The ear
cleaning solution we really like and use all the time is the "Blue Power"
treatment. It has been around for a long time and works great!!! Not expensive
either and good for yeast!
Please note that this is a bit messy-you are
using a solution that is blue-but it is well worth it.
ingredients can be bought at a health food store)
- 16 oz. of isopropyl alcohol
- 4 tbsp. of boric acid powder
- 16 drops of 1 % gentian violet solution or 8 drops of 2%
gentian violet solution
Mix all ingredients together in the alcohol bottle and
shake it up. Remember to shake the bottle well each time before you use it so
the boric acid powder will be evenly distributed.
Use a squirt bottle to
apply the treatment to the ears, which you can buy at most drug stores. You
could also use a hair dye bottle which you can purchase at beauty supply
Put cotton balls or similar absorbent material under the ear.
Flood the ear with solution, (gently squirt bottle), massage gently to the
count of 60, wipe with a tissue. Flood again, wipe with a tissue, and leave
alone without massage.
Your Westie will shake out the excess which can
be wiped with a tissue, cotton ball, etc as the Gentian Violet does stain
fabric. (this is why if possible to do outside or be able to put them outside
ASAP as the violet can stain)
- Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks
depending upon how bad the ears are
- Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks till you see the
- Treat 1x per month-as a preventative
Diarrhea: All dogs,
at one point or another, have had a bout of diarrhea. Most diarrhea lasts a
couple of days, however when loose bowels continue over a long period of time
it can be a cause for concern; especially if the diarrhea gets severe and is
uncontrolled liquid squirts. A dog can dehydrate FAST from severe diarrhea. If
it is mild, please give them some canned pumpkin mixed in with their meal for a
few days. (Please note: not pumpkin pie mix (you know the one with all the
spices)--just pure pumpkin).
Pumpkins are very rich in fiber and adding
two heaping teaspoons of canned pumpkin in your Westies food will
help the digestion process. Canned pumpkin has a large quantity of dietary
fiber and it will absorb the excess water present in the stool. This makes your
dogs stool more firm.
Why won't my Westie eat
her kibble??? If your dog has been happily eating it's dinner every night
and now for some reason turns his nose up, it may be that the kibble has gone
Dog food has a expiration date on it-which of course needs to be
monitored, however long before that date has come and gone it is very possible
that the food has become stale, the nutrients have leached out of it and any
fat content may become rancid-even though it's still crunchy- it just does NOT
taste good any longer.
Try an experiment...put a slice of bread in with the
kibble and leave it over night, as you normally would (either in a sealed
container, in the bag zip-locked or just open in the pantry-whatever you
usually do) You will find, in the morning, the bread will be hard and stale-not
very appetizing-same thing for kibble!
So, here is our tip...as soon as
you purchase a bag of food, take out the amount that your Westie will eat over
the next 5-7 days and separate the rest of the bag into freezer sealed zip lock
bags and pop them in your freezer. That will keep the older kibble fresh. As
soon as you open the fresh, new bag (of exactly the same food) you will see
that she really perks up.
What is safe and not safe
to give your dog??? Can you give your Westie milk???? What about human ear
drops??? Can you put Visine in a dog's eye??? Can you give a dog a human
These are questions we have been asked at Westies in Need
and because we can not and don't know the answers to all questions, we often
refer folks to a website called Can I give
my dog???. It has a lot of great info with some helpful suggestions of what
is safe and what is NOT for your dog.
Supplements Really Necessary? In one word...YES. The primary categories of
pet supplements include those for joint health, skin and coat health, GI tract
health, and liver and kidney health.
Because our breed is predisposed to
skin problems, we do suggest supplements to help with both the outside and the
inside of the Westie.
We don't want to push or suggest any one company, but we
have found the products from Mercola to be a great source for our
- Digestive Enzyme-very important if your Westie has
any tummy concerns like a growly stomach etc.
- Complete probiotic-this is especially important if
your Westie is ever given anti-biotics. It is very important to make sure you
add a probiotic while they are on the any antibiotic and for 2 weeks
- Krill Oil-is an omega-3 supplement and is
naturally loaded with antioxidant power.
- Spirugreen- is a powerful combination of nutrients
to support the immune system-a great multi vitamine
What shampoo should I use
on my Westie??? If your Westie is not suffering from any itchy skin then
you can use any high quality shampoo--please stay away from any shampoo with
Oatmeal-great for some dogs but oatmeal based anything is not suggested for
dogs that are predisposed to skin problems!
If possible (and again this is
for dogs who do NOT have itchy skin) bathe your Westie no more than 4 or 6
times per year-keep those wonderful natural oils where they are!
if you are looking for helpful hints because you have an itchy Westie... it is
VERY important to bathe your dog
you must get the bacteria and yeast
spores off the skin. We would suggest a bath every other day until the yeasty
smell starts to dissipate and then every 3rd or 4th day till you see that the
skin is looking less "angry".
If the problem is over most of the body you
may want to shave them down, you'll waste less shampoo and they will dry
faster. Use cool water and towel dry only, do not use a hair dryer.
shampoos that we use and like are:
- Chlorhexadine (you get this at the Vet)
- Nizoral (you get that at a human drug store)
(you will have to order this from the US)
Bath Time for an Itchy Westie: wet him and then
lather them up-leave the shampoo on your Westie for at least 10-15 minutes.
Keep them in the tub or wrap them in a towel and hold them (please don't put
them cold and wet in a crate to lick the shampoo off!!!!!!)
After the 10-15
minutes, rinse off all the shampoo and make sure there is no shampoo residue.
While still in the tub, finish off with an Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) solution
on them. Please Note: YOU DO NOT RINSE THIS
Natural organic apple cider vinegar has a brownish tinge to it
and floating stuff inside. The floating matter is called "mother" and is formed
from the pectin and apple residue. You can purchase it at most health food
Put about ¼ of a cup of ACV in a plastic measuring cup and
fill the cup with warm water. After the bath, pour the rinse (from the neck on
down-do NOT get this in your Westie's eyes) and then towel dry---don't rinse it
off. It is a great and natural way to improve the PH balance on their skin.
What should I feed my
Westie??? We have found that most of our Westies do best on a fish based
diet. What you are looking for is a grain free, low glysemic diet
glysemic (or low sugar producing) because sugars feed yeast and that is what
you want to avoid.
Below is a chart that shows you some foods that have
a high glysemic index - the scale goes from 1 to 100, 100 being very high on
the glysemic chart. Please note: Potatoes are rated the
highest in the glysemic index (sugar levels) for root vegetables. Potatoes have
as much sugar in them as a sugar donut (and I don't any of us would feed
our Westie a sugar donut every day of their lives!!)
||-Brown Rice 55
|-White Rice 72
||-Sweet Potato 50
It is also important not to feed foods
that are high on the "allergen meter" for Westies
so everyone repeat after
when choosing food and treats
"no wheat, no corn, no soy, no beef,
no lamb, no dairy"...repeat please so we know you have it
"no wheat, no
corn, no soy, no beef, no lamb, no dairy"
It is VERY hard to find a
store purchased grain free food that has absolutely none of the ingredients in
the chart above, however
the foods that we use in our Canadian rescue and
have had lots of success with are:
Now...what about foods to stay away
remember how we had said at the beginning that these are the
opinions of Westies in Need and you must do your own due diligence with regards
to the health of your Westie??? Well, here goes...
NEVER FEED: "Vet Prescription" foods such as:
- Science Diet
- Royal Canin
these are IN OUR OPINION poorer quality
foods that have caused many problems for our Westies. If you don't believe us,
please check out:
...you may be shocked at the ratings of these
We would also be remiss if
we did not mention... that under no circumstances, for any reason, feed TREATS
FROM CHINA, such as dehydrated Chicken, Duck and Sweet Potato- we have
already lost one lovely Westie boy because his family unknowingly was feeding
him tainted treats.
When and should I
vaccinate my Westie??? There is a lot of controversy right now over
vaccinations (in both people and pets) and the fallout of over vaccinating your
Westie can be devastating.
If you choose to vaccinate your Westie the
most important thing we suggest is to NEVER vaccinate
your Westie for anything in the spring, summer or fall months. Their
immune systems are at their most vulnerable at those times and skin problems
are much more likely to occur. If you choose to vaccinate (and yes it is a
choice!!!!)only vaccinate your dog if there is snow on the ground!!!
Also, never vaccinate for rabies and DHPP at the same time-it is very hard
on Westies and again not good for their immune system. It is very important to
wait at least 2 weeks between rabies and DHPP-they should NEVER be given at the
When you think of vaccinations
that old saying "the cure can sometimes be much worse than the
Titer-Testing-an alternative to vaccinations: A number
of our Westie folks have opted for a titers test each year and not deferring to
the automatic vaccination protocol. A titer test (pronounced TIGHT-er) is a
laboratory test measuring the existence and level of antibodies to disease in
blood. Most experts believe that strong titers are a more reliable indication
of immunity than vaccinations: tests show the actual immune response
just the attempt to cause an immune response by vaccination.
Food Allergy Testing-
In a nut shell, testing for allergies to different foods is simply not accurate
on dogs. We never recommend food allergy testing and suggest that you spend
your money on other treatments (our apologies to all the Vets out there...but
we have found they are just not accurate)
don't confuse food allergy testing with Allergen Specific Immunotherapy (serum
allergy testing-environmental) as they are 2 different things and we sure do
recommend Allergen Specific Immunotherapy-Info is below!)
Allergen Immunotherapy (also termed
desensitization) is a treatment that has shown wonderful success with itchy
Westies with Atopic Dermatitis (when their itch is due to environmental
Allergen immunotherapy rehabilitates the dog's immune
system. The therapy involves administering increasing doses of allergens to
accustom the Westie to substances that are generally harmless (pollen, house
dust mites) and thereby induces specific long-term tolerance.
so what does all that mean??? Simply put, your dog will receive
the very things (in small doses) of exactly what she is allergic to and her
immune system will learn how to tolerate them.
Method #1 (this
is the one we like and always suggest to our owners)
Blood Serum Test: A 10 ml blood sample is drawn by your
regular Vet from your Westie and sent into the lab. The blood is screened for a
reaction to a broad range of allergens including pollens, dust, and molds that
are common to the geographical area where you live. If your Westie is currently
on medication like steroids or an antihistamine, you do NOT need to stop the
medication for the blood serum test.
Method #2 (this is the one
we don't suggest-but we want you to have all the facts)
Intradermal Skin testing: In this test, your Westie will
be sedated and have a large patch of fur shaved. A small amount of 50 different
antigens are injected into the skin and after a short period of time, the area
around the injection site is observed to determine if your Westie is allergic
to the allergen.
Your Westie must be off any oral or topical steroid
medication for 4 weeks prior to this test and must be off antihistamines for 14
days. They suggest you remove all Omegas' from their food and not to bathe them
in other words they are looking for a positive reaction- so they
need your Westie to be ITCHY!!!! (now you are seeing why we don't really like
So what happens next
your Vet will send the blood
off to a lab for results. There are 3 labs we use: (we have had a few "false
positive" results from other labs, so we suggest your Vet uses)
- VARL Labs in California
- Greer Labs in North Carolina
- Heska Labs in Colorado
Now this is an important
part-so please know
If your Westie reacts to lets say cat dander and it's
a big reaction, then the lab would for sure put this in and is taking up space
(only 10-12 allergens can be put in the allergy shots) BUT
if that Westie
has no exposure to cats then it doesn't need to be in. When your regular Vet
(or even better, your Canine Dermatologist!!!) formulates the allergy results
please know what they are including
again, if your dog is allergic to cats
but has no exposure to them not much sense to add it!!!!
will then receive, from the lab, a series of vials that will contain the exact
allergens that your Westie has tested positive for in higher concentrations.
(OK...now this next bit is the part that you will have to wrap your brain
around) and you will begin to give your Westie allergy shots at home.
We know exactly what you are thinking
I can not give my dog a
YES you can
trust us, this is NOT the same needle that the Vet
uses, it is small and easy and not painful for your dog. Your Vet can show you
exactly how to do it.
If you would do it for your child, you can do it
for your Westie!
Now, we do have to tell you that there is also
sublingual immunotherapy (under the tongue) allergy drops that would fix this
whole "needle thing" BUT
it is not available in Canada as of yet (they
have used it in the US for years) so until it is OK'd in Canada-we will have to
make do with shots.
Next, a program will be laid out for you and you
will use the different concentrations of the serum as the months go
along-higher concentrations means less often, so that is a good thing!
first stage is the "induction" phase and then comes the "maintenance" phase.
Each program or protocol will be different, but an average one would
- Induction Phase- 3 months long. Your Westie will
require an allergy shot to begin every other day, then down to once a week and
then down to once every 2 weeks.
- Maintenance Phase- Your Westie will require an
allergy shot once every 3 weeks and then once a month and then once every 2
There may be seasonal components involved as
perhaps in the winter months they will not require an injection at
all and then in the spring and fall it may need to be increased.
Westie may need these allergy shots for only a few months or perhaps for the
rest of his life
but if he is happy and comfortable and not itchy
is well worth it. We have found that more than 75% of Westie have very positive
results to this therapy.
Pure Tea Tree Oil...is
it safe??? Well, we could go on and on
dangers of pure tea tree...but perhaps hearing it from one of our wonderful
Westie owners is best... she writes....
I had no idea about the
dangers of using Pure Tea Tree Oil on pets until I tried about 5 drops of it on
my dog for a minor sore one evening. She seemed OK when I initially put it on,
and she went to sleep as normal.
In the morning (a lovely sunny,
warm spring morning), she didn't want to get up. Even the promise of a trip to
the park, which would usually send her hurtling towards the door did not entice
her. I did not immediately think too much of it, as we had had a very long and
eventful week and I thought perhaps she was just over-tired. But, when we got
to the car, she seemed to be having trouble getting in. Then, when she just
sat, and turned her nose up at her favourite treats, I knew something was very
Her usual vet was not yet open, so I took her to the
emergency clinic. We were seen quickly, and I described her symptoms - she
wouldn't eat; was listless; had trouble moving her back end. As the tea tree
oil was the only new thing I had introduced, I mentioned that to the vet as
well. That's when I got the devastating news that tea tree oil is toxic to dogs
I was shattered. I have always been extremely careful with
anything that I give my pets and as she had had other commercial products made
for dogs that had tea tree in them (namely ear cleaners), it never occurred to
me to investigate it further before using it.
The affects can
include the following: Low body temperature, Weakness, Walking drunk,
Inability to walk,Tremors, Coma, Increased liver enzymes or death.
The vet said that because it was applied topically and not ingested, she might
stand a better chance. But, there is no antidote, so there were only a few
things they could to to try to mitigate its effects and then hope for the best
that her system was strong enough to process it and move it through.
They took her into the back and scrubbed her with dish detergent to remove any
residue of the oil, and shaved the area that I had put the oil on. They hooked
her up to an IV to hydrate her and try to keep her system moving the toxin
through and hopefully out. I was able to go and sit with her once this was
It was the most heartbreaking sight I have ever seen. She had
continued to deteriorate and now could not lift her back end. And every time
she inhaled, all her muscles would tense and she would tremble. My beautiful,
perfectly healthy dog had come to this in 12 hours from 5 drops of oil.
She lay on top of my arm in the hospital crate and slept. Within a
few hours, I noticed some positive changes. The first was that she ate the food
that they offered her - all of it! And when she finished, she moved off my arm,
and settled down to sleep again.
Her trembling began to subside. She
went outside to urinate and was having better control over her back end. She
slept more. Her trembling stopped. She ate more. She stood and walked solidly
on her own. She ate again! She was given another full work-up and her vitals
were all normal. I came back in when they were finished her work-up and she was
standing on her hind legs wagging her tale and chattering away to me!!
After 12 gruelling hours, I was able to take her home. She trotted
down the street to the car and hopped up into the front seat (her seat) like
nothing had happened. I was drained but unbelievably grateful that we had
escaped the worst. But we were not totally out of the woods yet.
side affect from tea tree toxicity can be liver damage. She was on liver
boosting supplements for several days, and then re-tested at her regular vet
later that week. She was given a clean bill of health and I truly exhaled for
the first time in 6 days. Within a few weeks, her sore had healed, her fur had
grown back and you would never have known that I nearly lost her.
like sneezing, itching, watery eyes and other allergy symptoms can be very
disturbing for both you and your Westie! If the symptoms are not severe perhaps
just using an antihistamine will be enough to give them relief... 2 options
- Hydroxyzine (you will need to get this from your
Vet) is used for the treatment of allergies. The active ingredient in the
medication works by effectively targeting histamines, helping to suppress
- There are many effective and safe over-the-counter
medications (that do not require a prescription) that can be used for dogs with
seasonal allergies. Please note: only use plain
formulations of all the suggested medications below. For instance: if trying
Benadryl (containing the drug diphenhydramine) other formulations such as
"Benadryl Sinus" contain additional active ingredients that can potentially
harm your Westie.
What is Addison's
Disease.... 70 to 85 percent of dogs with Addison's disease are female and
between the ages of four and seven. Some breeds seem more at risk for the
disease than others, including Westies...our rescue has had a few Addisonian
Addison's disease is a condition in which the adrenal glands
produce fewer corticosteroid hormones than the body requires.
three types of Addison's disease - primary, secondary and atypical. A common
cause of both the primary and atypical forms of the disease is immune-mediated
damage to the adrenal glands. This is a situation in which the dog's immune
system attacks the adrenal tissue. Secondary Addison's is caused by failure of
the pituitary gland.
Addison's symptoms can be quite vague and include
weakness, depression, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and sometimes
increased thirst and urination. Addison's is often referred to as the great
imitator because it is often misdiagnosed as kidney failure or a case of the
dog just not feeling quite right.
In a case of suspected Addison's
disease, your vet will look for clinical signs like dehydration, a weak or slow
pulse rate, irregular heartbeat, generalized weakness and depression. The
confirming test for Addison's disease is an ACTH stimulation test. In this
test, blood samples are taken before and after the dog is injected with an
Treatment of Addison's disease depends on
whether the condition is primary, secondary or atypical. Holistic veterinarians
have an arsenal of herbs, homeopathics, nutraceuticals and other great natural
substances that can help improve the quality of life of Addison's dogs.
Kennel cough, also
called Bordetella, is a common canine upper respiratory infection that is
triggered by the presence of both the parainfluenza virus and the bacteria
called Bordetella bronchiseptica. Kennel cough is contagious and can be spread
in the air by the sneezes and coughs of infected dogs.
facilities, kennels, doggie daycares, groomers, and even some veterinarians
require that dogs be vaccinated for kennel cough. Please understand the only
reason these people demand your Westie be vaccinated is to remove liability
from themselves. They're just bouncing liability away from their businesses
by requiring your dog be vaccinated for kennel cough.
The fact is the
Bordetella vaccines are, for the most part, useless. They won't prevent your
Westie or any Westie from acquiring kennel cough. Kennel cough is most often a
complex cocktail of different infections and not just a single infection.
Because it's caused by a variety of different bacterial and viral agents,
there's no one single vaccine that can provide protection for all of those
different infectious agents.
If you do choose to give the Bordetella
vaccine ask your Vet to use the intranasal vaccine, which is a nose drop. It is
significantly less toxic than the injectable vaccines.
thing to remember is that your Westie can still get kennel cough even if he or
she has been recently vaccinated. We recommend that you avoid this unnecessary
and frequently ineffective vaccine if at all possible and focus on keeping your
pet's immune system strong and vibrant, which is really the very best defense
against kennel cough.
Please bring your
Westie to a Vet right away-it MAY be Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, also commonly called "Westie lung
disease", literally means scarring of the lungs. The lung scarring occurs in
the tissue of the lungs which supports the structure of the lungs. Pulmonary
fibrosis causes the lung tissue to scar and lose its elasticity and become
stiff so that oxygen is prevented from entering the blood stream. Compared to
other breeds, Westies seem predisposed to the disease as do the Norwich and
Cairn to a lesser extent.
Westies are affected differently and at
varying rates. A Westie can suffer from this condition a long time before any
symptoms appear. The diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis is usually made around 10
years of age and is more common in females than males.
At first, the
Westie may seem to loose its stamina and tire easily. A dry cough is often
present so that the disease is often misdiagnosed for bronchitis and is
characterized by crackling sounds heard on breathing.
We have known
some Westie with pulmonary fibrosis and although it is never a diagnosis that
any owner wants to hear, Westies can live a long and full life. We have found
that using a medication called
(bronchodilator) has helped many a Westie with Westie Lung disease.
The signs of early diabetes
are frequent urination, drinking lots of water, a large appetite, and
unexplained loss of weight. If you have any suspicions of diabetes take a fresh
urine sample to your vet (they can usually tell from a dip test for glucose if
this is positive they will request a blood test) or set up an appointment with
your vet to have your dog examined and a blood test done.
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If your Vet has diagnosed
your Westie with dry eye (the veterinary term for dry eye is
keratoconjunctivitis sicca or KCS ) there are some medications that we have
used and have found very helpful. Westies with dry eye will need to be on
treatment for the rest of their lives.
Cyclosporine and Tacrolimus
are two drugs most commonly used to stimulate tear production. Cyclosporine has
been the standard drug for years, although from our experience, topical
Tacrolimus has been more effective.
Another medication some of our
folks have used with good success is Tobradex. This is the brand name
for a combination of an antibiotic (tobramyacin) and a steroid (dexamethasone)
The tobramycin kills any bacteria invading a dog's eye, but the dog's natural
immune responses may mistake the tobramycin as an invader and destroy it before
it can kill the bacteria, therefore, the steroid is added to suppress the dog's
immune system so the tobramycin can kill the bacteria.
We have also
found that Alcon Tears Naturale II
(you can purchase this over the counter from Walmart etc.) is good
for the temporary relief of burning and irritation due to dryness. (Please note
that Alcon Tears Naturale II is not a replacement for the prescribed
medications that we listed above-but used as an add-on if needed)
If your Vet has diagnosed
your Westie with Addison's Disease..there is hope...please click on this link to find a wonderful
website, dedicated to dogs with Addisons. The mission of Canine
Addisons Resources & Education (CARE) is to provide resources and
education to improve the lives of dogs with Addisons Disease and empower
owners to advocate on their behalf.
My Westie lives in this House!!!
You are welcome to come and visit me anytime but we have a
few things that you must understand before you visit.
I vacuum and
clean daily but my Westie lives in this house too.
You may be leaned on
and find him in your lap a few times but he does this because he loves people
and wants to say hello. So if you feel that you are too good for his love then
you are not welcome here because this is his home too.
My Westie is well
mannered and very clean but if you are one of those people who think all
animals are dirty and smell, then go away. You are not the type of person that
I care to associate with.
If you don't like the sound of barking, then
my home is not going to be a comfortable place for you to visit. Do not expect
me to lock my Westie in another room during your visit.
I have trained
my Westie well so he will not do anything to you except maybe want a pat on the
head. I will not subject him to feel as if he is being punished by locking him
away for no reason.
When you walk into my home, be careful not to trip
on a stuffed toy or ball. These are my Westie's treasures and I will not take
them away from him just to show you that I keep a clean house. He knows where
all his toys are. They may not look like much to you, but to him, they are
worth more than gold.
When you go home to your family, he stays here
with me. He is MY family and I wouldn't change that for the world. A better
friend I could not ask for.
So please understand that I am not being
I'm just looking out for my best friend.
Rescue One...'til there are none!