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Westies can be subject to a variety of allergies caused by contact with the skin, digestion or inhalation. The severity of allergies, which can be seasonal or year round, varies greatly. The most common symptom from an allergy is itching which may be localized or systemic. Food allergies can manifest as gastrointestinal problems.

When your Westie has an allergic reaction, it is an overreaction to a particular substance or allergen. While allergies can not be cured, some can be controlled with appropriate treatment. Proper identification is necessary to determine proper treatment.

Fleas are a common source of contact allergies. Flea control can be easily achieved now with use of monthly products such as Program, Advantage or Frontline. Additionally, flea control is benefited by weekly vacuuming the house, weekly washing your dog’s bedding, collar and toys as well as combing your dog’s hair with a flea comb several times a week.

Skin problems caused by food allergies are often helped by a better diet using premium quality dog food. Preservatives and fillers are commonly the source of these allergies. A food allergy can be a reaction to almost any ingredient; however, we recommend that Westies routinely avoid wheat, corn and soy.

Many Westie owners have had success improving their dog’s skin problems by adding Omega 3 fatty acids to their dog’s diet.
Other owners have found that Missing Link® food supplement and Humilac® spray rinse or ResiProx conditioner have done wonders for itchy dogs and dogs with hot spots.

Check with your veterinarian about the use of Gentocin spray and Panalog cream on your dog’s skin lesions and hot spots.
Please remember each dog is different and these products may or may not help your dog’s skin condition. ALWAYS consult your veterinarian before using any new product with your dog.

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