This cute pair lives with Steve and Kathy in TN.
Bailey and Gabby's parents are Gigi and Darby.
often, people ask us questions concerning the Westie products we use with. This page is designed to answer those questions from our
perspective. All breeders have their own way of doing things.
This information is tried and proven as far as we are concerned.
It works for us.
You hear a lot about Westies
and baths. Some say "never" bathe your Westie. We have always bathed our
dogs every week to 10 days. You want a clean, neat dog. Here is the key; use the right
shampoo! We use
Kalaya Emu Oil Shampoo. It is
formulated in a hypo-allergenic detergent free base. It keeps the hair
follicles healthy and preserves the natural moisture of the dermis and
epidermis. It promotes hair growth by keeping hair follicles and hair shaft
openings healthy and contains pure bacteria-free Emu oil. It does not
contain steroids or hormones and may be used as often as necessary. It
dilutes 1 part shampoo to 4 parts water. We buy it by the gallon for about
$30. We use "tearless"
Super White™ Coat Brightener Shampoo
to wash their face. This shampoo can also be used to bath your
entire dog to whiten the coat. It is also hypo-allergenic. It is
important to rinse, rinse, and then rinse again. Be sure to keep their ears
clean. Determine a plan for good ear health. A weekly ear cleaning plan
can avoid ear mites/infections. It is always wise to clean the ears after a
bath. Be very sure the ear is dry.
We also give our Westies
Four Paws® Brewers Yeast With Garlic. It is an excellent source of
vitamins, minerals, and natural proteins to promote healthy coats.
This can begin at 4 months also. Brewers
yeast helps control shedding, while the garlic formulations are known to be
a natural deterrent for fleas and mosquitoes. You can buy 1000 for about
$6. We give one each evening after meal. They enjoy them like treats.
For treats we use
Newman's Own Organics Dog Treats for Small Size Dogs.
We use the chicken or Peanut Butter flavor and
occasionally Cheese. They like chicken best. This treat
has no wheat, corn, or beef. You can buy it at Petsmart, PetCo, Publix,
and Kroger. We usually shop around for the cheapest price, usually the
There is much controversy
today related to "over-vaccination". Some of the leading Vet Schools have
changed their protocols related to vaccines. Discuss this with your vet. I
would suggest doing your own research on this issue. An informative site is
Click on the advocacy link related to
Studies for several years have
proven that the vaccination schedule used by many vets, also encouraged by
pharmaceutical companies, was causing problems with some dogs. The August
2006 issue of The AKC Gazzette reports that the American Animal
Hospital Association (AAHA) has issued new 2006 guidelines. The 2006
guidelines state that "vaccines against canine distemper,
canine parvovirus and canine adenovirus produced
by major biologics manufacturers all produce excellent immune responses and
can be reliably administered in extended duration of immunity protocols."
This means that puppies should be given an initial vaccine and then a
booster at three to four weeks. We give the first vaccine at 7 1/2 weeks.
This means your pup should get a second vaccine from your vet 4 weeks later,
which is a total of two puppy shots. The vaccine should be administered a
year later, then every three years thereafter.
The "core" vaccines
(distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, rabies) should be given to every dog.
"Non-core" vaccines - including parainfluenza, Bordetella, and Barrelia
(Lyme disease) - are required only under special circumstances, where
exposure to the disease is likely. For example, if you board your dog,
Bordetella is required. Some vaccines are not recommended such as
Leptospiral or Giardia vaccines.
We send our pups to their new homes with their first vaccine, Intervet PROGARD PUPPY-DPv (Distemper and Parvovirus).
We worm our pups with Nemex-2
at 2,3,4,6, and 8 weeks. We also suggest worm treatments at 10 and 12
weeks. We worm our adult dogs every 4 months. You will need to begin
heartworm treatment monthly upon recommendation of your vet as well as
Rabies around 4 months of age. Work closely with your vet.
Be sure to get your pup on a
consistent flea treatment such as Advantage. If you do this consistently,
you will not have fleas nor run the risk of discovering your pup is allergic
It is important to keep
the hair trimmed next to the nose so the eyeball will not be irritated and
begin to water, causing stain. Until recently, we suggested you use
distilled water so the beard will not stain. Most tap water will cause the
beard to stain over time.
New studies show that prolonged use of distilled water is not
"On a more scientific level‚ there are
several very credible research reports and books that stress the more recent
opinion that long term consumption of de-mineralized water (distilled) can
in fact be dangerous. Dr. Zolton Rona‚ author of The Joy of Health‚ states
that "the longer one consumes distilled water‚ the more likely the
development of mineral deficiencies and an acid state." Dr. Paavo Airola‚
cancer expert and author of "How to Get Well" and "Cancer... Causes‚
Prevention and Healing" also reports that "long term consumption of
distilled water eventually results in multiple mineral deficiencies."
We are now using a water filtration system
exclusively for our dogs. The water will be better for them and we will see
what it does to their beards. Stay tuned! (The result is that it
works significantly. Beard stains can be caused by wet food, but if it
is caused by your public water, the Aquasana Home Water System works and
does not stain beards).
We use the
Aquasana Complete Counter Top Filtration System.
You can click on the banner below to read about it. We have it connected to
the sink in the grooming room.
I have always groomed our dogs
myself and never take them to a professional groomer. If you do take your
dog to a groomer, be sure to ask them to sterilize their tools before use.
I always suspect that skin problems are picked up at the groomer. I no
longer clipper our dogs. The problem is that on some dogs, clippering
causes the coat to become wavy as well as soft. Clippering is okay if you
don't mind a wavy coat as it begins to grow out. Let me suggest an
alternative: Mars Coat King. I use the #12 and #20. I use the #12
everywhere except the tapered areas, where I use the #20. This is the next
best thing to hand stripping. It will over time produce the hard coat that
is typical to Westies. Be sure to pull the Coat King in the direction the
hair grows naturally! It does not hurt the dog as the hair comes out and it
stimulates the skin. Some even feel that hand stripping, or using a Coat
King, actually produces a healthier coat. They will grow to enjoy the
process. You should do this daily, a little at a time, until you get your
dog where you want him, and then maintain as needed. Our dogs love
grooming. They will all wait patiently for their turn on the grooming
The following is a list of
items you will probably need:
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They are comfortable, and you don't have to worry about the
possibility of your Westie's head slipping out like can happen with a collar. A sizing chart is
on their site. Paris weighs 14-15 pounds and she wears a medium size.
Chloe and Darby weigh 18-20 pounds and they both wear a large size.
The Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook
by James M Griffin, MD & Lisa D. Carlson,
Easy-to-follow directions and an alphabetized emergency section explains
how and when to treat a dog and when to call a vet. Hardback, 558 pages,
photos and illustrations. 3rd ed.
NOTE: Due to
recent studies regarding the use of distilled water, we no longer recommend
its use to prevent beard stains.
New studies show that prolonged use of
distilled water is not good.
On a more scientific level‚ there
are several very credible research reports and books that stress the more
recent opinion that long term consumption of de-mineralized water
(distilled) can in fact be dangerous. Dr. Zolton Rona‚ author of The Joy of
Health‚ states that "the longer one consumes distilled water‚ the more
likely the development of mineral deficiencies and an acid state." Dr.
Paavo Airola‚ cancer expert and author of "How to Get Well" and "Cancer...
Causes‚ Prevention and Healing" also reports that "long term consumption of
distilled water eventually results in multiple mineral deficiencies."
We are now using a water filtration
system exclusively for our dogs. The water will be better for them and we
will see what it does to their beards. Stay tuned!
We chose the Aquasana Home Water
System. You can click on the banner below to read about it. We have it
connected to the sink in the grooming room.
- Down South Westies
- Thomas and Linda
- Conyers, GA