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Common Health Problems in West Highland White Terriers and Schnauzers

How to get rid of Fleas

Fleas and Flea eggs need to be eliminated.

 

My vet told me that a flea egg is very slippery.  It slides into cracks,  between the carpet fibers and into bedding, making them almost impossible to get to and kill.

I tried steam cleaning and that did nothing. Finally I got a spray for the floor and powder for the bedding.

I had to wash my dog at least twice a week once with flea shampoo and once with a anti-itch shampoo. I had to keep this up until my dog stopped scratching.  images

Alleviate that itchy dog skin

One thing to alleviate this irritation and to make your dog more comfortable is to bathe him in a soothing shampoo especially made to calm the itch. These dog shampoos have ingredients that calm the areas where the histamines are still at work.

Other skin allergies in dogs

Other skin irritations that will cause itchy skin and a dog to scratch are Hot Spots.  These red and scabby areas are caused by bacteria growing in a warm moist area, usually the dogs underbelly, ears and under the tail.

To treat these hot spots and ear infections, vets often prescribe Derma Vet or Panalog.

To treat hot spots, bathe your pet and make sure he is nice and dry, then apply the Panalog or Derma Vet onto the hot spot.  It should clear up in a couple of days.. 

Both my Westies have a tendency to get ear infections so I keep a tube of Panalog or Derma Vet around the house to fight off these infections with my Vets approval. 

Be sure to take your dog to the vet if you suspect the above symptoms.  Making sure what is making your dog itch is most important. There are other serious conditions that can make a dog itch and you wouldn't want to ignore that possibility.

 

Once your vet has made a determination you can treat your pet with the medication whenever the irritation occurs.

 

 

 

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Any information contained on this site relating to various medical, health, and fitness conditions of Westies and their treatment is for informational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for the advice provided by your own veterinarian. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing dog allergies - you should always consult your own veterinarian.