Animal Stories - West Highland White Terrier

Animal-World Information about: West Highland White Terrier

  The versatile West Highland White Terrier is fun and adaptable for all sorts of lifestyles!
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Alice Hammond - 2012-06-13
We got our Westie (mixed) at the Humane Society. He is so adorable. We have had him since Dec 2011. They said he was a year old. Sometimes when we feed him he gulps everything and does not chew it up then later throws it back up. I noticed in the article I read that they can have hernias. Would this be a cause of his getting sick? We have tried all types of dog foods and he will not eat anything that has beef in it. We have tried the ones with chicken and after reading they like lamb I will try that. The vet at the Humane Society did not say he had anything wrong with him. How can we tell? Thanks for your information on the website!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-13
    Some dogs will eat way too fast and then they do throw it up.  Sits like a brick in their stomach.  Why don't you try mashing up the food a little (so he isn't swallowing whole chunks) and add about a tablespoon of yogurt for digestion and settleing the stomach.  You can also raise his bowl maybe about 6 inches using the stair, a stool etc.  Something stable so he can't knock the bowl over but something a little higher than the floor.  Westies aren't real big but they are pretty bush.  You could also try feeding him twice a day in small amounts rather than once a day with a larger amount.  It would be a good idea to have him checked out and mention this to your vet. 
Cris - 2010-07-15
Dr. jungle, can you please put an article about fox terrier?

Krystal Dotson - 2011-08-01
I had a westie growing up. She was THE BEST dog ever! She was very loving and had such a personality! And though we didn't have cats when she grew up she had no problem in her later years when we did get one. I miss her dearly she lived until she was 17.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-01
    They are good pups. Very intelligent, even tempered, not barkers, affectionate.
Debbie Danner - 2010-12-06
My Westie is 6 years old and recently started having problems walking when I took him outside to go potty. I called him inside and he had trouble moving his back legs. Today he had problems moving his front legs. It is really cold about 20 degrees. I'm really worried. Please rsvp.

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-12-07
    Does he have trouble moving his legs while indoors where it is not so cold? I would advise taking him to a vet.
  • Betty - 2011-06-07
    Westies are prone to arthiritis. Do you have a regular vet? Ask him/her about this medicine called Rimadyl. My Westie takes it at mealtime, Its a small pill so i give her half in the morning and the other half at night. This drug is meant to drug for provide comfort for dogs with arthritis. Routine monitoring should be done while on any medication. My Westie is almost 13 years old and she is still trotting around like the best in town! She has bouts of stiffness- I do notice that when its cold outdoors it gets extra sensitive. My vet said that it can be because of the quick transfer of warm and cozy indoors to very cold outside. They pee and poop in the oddest positions and the instant warm to cold may stiffen up. Have a sweater for outdoors but take it off inside.
    Good luck,
Joy - 2011-02-22
Is that beautiful dog for sale? How old is he or she? The dog looks pretty young and I was wondering if it was still a puppy or was a miniature sized Westie? I live in CO and need some advice on where to get a Westie and a Scottie? Please advise!

linda speer luck - 2010-09-06
I recently bought a westie for my son. The dog is male, about 12 weeks old. He is in good health, but his head seems small relative to his body. Does the head normally develop more slowly than the body, or is this something we should be concerned about?
Thank you very much.

Holly - 2009-04-23
You are so so cute. I would love to have you.