Westies Allergies: Diagnosis and Treatment
The West Highland white terrier is an adorable, mid-sized dog characterized by its pointy, triangular ears that stick straight up, its expressive eyes, protruding snout, and rich, fluffy white coat.
Like many dogs, Westies are susceptible to allergies but by knowing the common allergy triggers for your Westie, you can remove these. You can also get your pet the treatment they need.
What Causes Westies Allergies?
One of the most reported Westie allergies is Malassezia dermatitis also known as the yeast infection of the skin, it is a skin fungus. Sometimes though, the yeast grows, leading to bald patches of skin throughout the body.
This happens for a multitude of reasons, including:
• The dog has a yeast allergy
• Too much oil production, known as seborrhea
• Food allergies or airborne allergies
• Flea Infestation
• Immune deficiency
• Allergic flare-up leads to more skin oil production
• More humidity in the air
What Can You Do for Your Westie?
Once you know your Westie has a skin condition, you have plenty of options but one of the most important steps to take first is to bring them to a veterinarian for a professional assessment and diagnosis.
Your vet may prescribe topical or oral yeast treatment and is it recommended that you bathe your dog more often and maybe even use special anti-fungal shampoo. Once your Westie is feeling better, you can start removing the allergy culprits. You might want to revise your dog’s diet per your vet’s recommendations and also clear your backyard of plants like the Wandering Jew, or Tradescantia fluminesis.
If your dog has airborne allergies, such as dust, pollen, or even dander, clean your home at least weekly and perhaps even start using an air purifier. If your dog can’t stand the humidity, turn on the air conditioning in the summer but a dehumidifier the rest of the year should also suffice.
About the Animal Dermatology Specialists of Vancouver
Of course, if you’ve tried everything and you can’t quite narrow down what’s causing your Westies allergies, you can always bring your dog to oclinicnix, the Animal Dermatology Specialists of Vancouver.
We care for both cats and dogs, treating issues like breed and seborrheic disorders, nail and paw disorders, hormonal disease, hair loss, nose and ear disorders, scabies and other mites, allergies, and food allergies.
We have two locations to serve you in Vancouver. Contact us at 604-558-3376 or visit us at the Animal Dermatology Specialists of Vancouver. In Richmond, call us at 604-270-6163 or visit us at the Animal Specialists of Vancouver.