The vast majority of dogs of all breeds (as well as mixed breeds) can live long, healthy lives if given proper care, good nutrition, exercise, and routine veterinary attention. Nevertheless, any dog can fall victim to a wide range of health problems including infectious diseases, parasites, allergies, endocrine problems, heart conditions, and cancer to name a few. In addition, each pure breed of dogs has its own particular health issues. The West Highland White Terrier is no exception. Some of these problems are minor, some impairing, and some possibly fatal. Some conditions may show a very strong hereditary basis and others are caused by environmental factors.
2007 Health Survey:
According to the 2007 Health Survey conducted by the WHWTCA, listed below are the diseases, by prevalence, affecting West Highland White Terriers. For a detailed look at the survey results visit www.westiefoundation.org and click on Health Surveys.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Dry Eye (KCS)
CMO (craniomandibular osteopathy)
Pancreatic enzyme deficiency
For information about many diseases and issues that affect Westies, visit the Health eBook found on the Westie Foundation of America website at www.westiefoundation.org .There you will find comprehensive information about the following:
REQUEST FOR SAMPLES Listed below are several of the current breed-specific research projects currently being conducted that require blood or DNA samples from West Highland White Terriers. If you would like more information about the studies, visit the Westie Foundation of America web site at www.westiefoundation.org. If you would like to participate by contributing blood or DNA samples from your Westie, call or email the contact person listed. Your participation will be greatly appreciated!
Genetic marker for Atopic Dermatitis
Blood samples from 100 normal dogs and 100 dogs diagnosed with atopic dermatitis
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 a Westie's health - you
should always consult your own veterinarian.