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alfiesmummy

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WESTIE ITCH
« on: July 14, 2006, 10:02:47 PM »
Hi Julian, can you please tell me if there is such a condition called a "westie itch", does this effect all dogs that rub themselves raw or is this just westies? I have known several westies that will rub and rub until they bleed,however have not noticed anyother bread doing this? Justine

doggroomer

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Re: WESTIE ITCH
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2006, 07:40:47 PM »
It's very common in Westies Justine. Some of my customers have spent hundreds of pounds trying to get to the bottom of it (in at least one case, over 1000). Chris

Offline PrincessJo5

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Re: WESTIE ITCH
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2006, 08:40:21 PM »
Justine have a look at www.westierehoming.me.uk
Click on Appeals, u will see the Susie Appeal, which has now closed, this shows how bad this condition can be, Jo x

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Re: WESTIE ITCH
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2006, 09:11:20 PM »
Hi,

Westie are very prone to skin allergies which is a subject that we talked before.

The exact name for this pathology is ATOPY.

Obviously westies can have other skin condition that will mimic atopy. Therefore a proper work out is always necessary.

regards,

julian

alfiesmummy

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Re: WESTIE ITCH
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2006, 11:38:30 PM »
When you say a work out, do you mean blood tests etc? Justine

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Re: WESTIE ITCH
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2006, 07:34:59 PM »
Hello Justine,

A proper dermatological work up includes:

Initially:

. Careful history taking and general examination
. Hair plucks, skin scrapes (superficial and deep) and then microscopic examination of those samples.

Then treatment if diagnosis establised or possible treatment trial.

In the eventuality of failure to reach a diagnosis or to get success from a treatment trial, more tests might prove useful:

Fungal/bacterial culture, skin biopsies, food tial, intradermal skin testing and blood testing can also be necessary to determine the underlying cause of a skin disease.

So, as you can see, it might take a lot of tests, time and money to work out a skin condition.

I hope it wont happen to any of your pet.

regards,

julien

alfiesmummy

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Re: WESTIE ITCH
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2006, 01:54:24 AM »
Thanks Julian, I have passed on this information. Justine