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February WestieGram
February, 2007

Did You Know?

How long has it been since you had your best friend(s) checked for internal parasites?  Your Westie needs to be vet checked at least annually, if not every six months to be sure he is parasite free.  Heart worm treatment controls some worms, but tapeworms are not controlled as easily.

Tapeworm segments resemble small pieces of white rice. They may be seen in a bowel movement or clinging to the hair near your pet's tail. Your Westie can get tapeworms by eating a flea. 

If you find your Westie is constantly licking his anal area, your best bet is to visually inspect the area and his stool for bits of tapeworm, which look like rice.  When you take him for his checkup, collecting a stool sample to take with you will help ensure that he is worm free.

Remember, some Westies are allergic to fleas, which results in skin problems.  Doing your best to keep him "flea free" is very important.

Grooming Should Be A Routine!

Westies love a structured schedule!  Even though your routine is hectic, busy, and full of surprises, it is to your advantage to have a structured routine for your Westie.  For example, I hear people say, "The last time I tried to groom my Westie, she had a fit".  How long ago was that?  "It must have been a couple of months ago"!  Don't let grooming become a chore.  Take the time daily to brush him out, brush his teeth at least every 7-10 days, and bathe him at least every other week.

Grooming is extremely important and does several things:

  • Encourages good circulation in the skin

  • Increases healthy oil production to keep the coat shiny (a Westie coat is not as oily as other breeds)

  • Wards off fleas and other pests

  • Keeps down ear infections, tear stains, hot spots, and periodontal disease

  • Gives you opportunity to practice your grooming skills (http://www.downsouthwesties.com/grooming.htm

If you groom your Westie daily, it keeps you in tune with any changes in the skin, coat, eyes, ears, teeth, and can help pinpoint abrasions, lumps and bumps, and other health problems.  Always reward him with a suitable treat for his good behavior.

See Grooming Chart!

It is great to have a grooming table, but you don't have to have one.  Spread a towel over your washing machine and go to work! 

Cordy's Pups Go To New Homes!

Cordy's pups went to homes in VA, MS, AL(2), and NJ,

Ellie's Pups Go To New Homes!

Ellie's pups go to their new homes after 8 weeks, February 14.  They will live in AL, LA, RI, FL, TN, and GA.

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