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7/7/14 11:27 A

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We've been really lucky with Jolie. My late Louis had a lot of problems, though.

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7/7/14 2:07 A

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I agree that Angel Eyes really help. MacDuff has benefited from using it, too. We live in an urban environment where many landlords spray lawns. So after walks, I pop MacDuff into the tub and just "spray wash" his feet up to the knees. It seems to help.

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7/6/14 7:49 P

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As for the 'red' that is totally something different!

I gave Buddy Angel's Eyes when his beard started turning red one year, and the red just vanished and has not come back!! It has something to do with an imbalance in their system.

Buddy's began one year when it was really hot and he was panting a lot and drooling more than I had ever seen him. I don't know about your dog but I never see Westies drool! All this drool was an actually an imbalance somewhere within his system. I purchased Angel's Eyes and put the powder on his peanut butter treat in his kong. He ate it for about a couple months and I watched the red just vanish! If he had been licking his feet they would have turned red too, but he hadn't. It comes from their saliva when it's off balance.

I asked my Vet about how to correct the red and she didn't really have an answer, so I did research and found this. It is mainly given to dogs for that gunky, stinky stuff that drains from their eyes, but it is all the same thing... from their system.

My Vet asked me how I corrected Buddy's red beard and when I told her she was amazed! You can even teach a doctor something new to try!
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I did this two or three years ago... and it has never come back! No more red beard!! Look!! That photo of him in my profile was just this spring!! Pretty white!! I don't use white shampoo either!
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Edited by: REBECKY441 at: 7/6/2014 (19:53)
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7/6/14 3:33 P

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Never too much info! Duffy gets year round shots and that really helped. Hers never gets crusty she just chews off her fur and it gets red! She has been getting ear infections to go with the itching!
I am hoping this was just a bad year and now that we are seeing improvement she might go back to her old self!
My neighbor has a corgi who gets it bad also, she has the crust you see and has been giving her a new pill but even that didnt' work last month.
I bathe like crazy and with an RX shampoo more expensive than I ever used!
Thanks for the info!!

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7/6/14 3:25 P

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Buddy gets one spot in particular that flares up every year on his side. The treatment is to shave the hair completely away from the area because 'Air is its friend' and will help heal it faster. Then I have a special Rx shampoo (if you want the name I will give it to you) from the vet that I really only wash that area with (or any other spots I might find) and the shampoo must stay on him for 15 minutes before rinse. That's the hard part! The Vet also gives him a 15 day antibiotic shot to stave off any infection. As for itching, benadryl works wonders.

I put 2+2 together on this and realized when this happens to Buddy so I am really careful not to let him get too dirty during those 'allergy' months... sometimes even washing him in the Rx shampoo as a precaution. I look for the tell tale signs; licking, licking of his nose, or scratching. The spot when it breaks out is crusty. When I first found it I thought is was just something stuck on him, then it became larger ... that's when I knew I had a problem!!

My Vet always says, "Westies are the Poster Pets for Allergies!" Fortunately Buddy has only had that one place break out, but she said if I let it go it would spread like wildfire because it becomes like an infection. (or something)

I also don't let him outside much during his allergy months, or if I do I make sure he stays really clean. He likes to lay on our deck that sometimes is covered in pollen!

I'm sorry ... was this Too Much Information?? I sometimes get carried away!
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7/6/14 2:31 P

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Hello all! Just wondering if any of you have a Westie who's allergies cost more than the human families??
We kept Duffy's under control with allergy shots for 4 years and this spring brought them back with a vengeance!
Just curious if anyone else has a suffering emoticon puppy.

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