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I would also add Brush Teeth daily! Small mouths, big plaque! It will save you and your Westie cleaning under General Anesthesia.

For the same reason, I often give unflavoured full fat yogurt. All the dogs love it.

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Step 1:
Brush a West Highland Terrier about three times a week with a straight bristled brush. Frequent bathing is unnecessary because West Highland Terriers' outer coats are wiry, not oily and don't hold odors easily. For the pet Westie, a general trim with do, but if you are showing your Westie you will need to have him trimmed, plucked and stripped for each show since the Westie show dog has a specific cut and length for his coat.

Step 2:
Trim often around your dog's eyes and ears with blunt-tipped scissors. Her whole body should be trimmed every 4 to 6 months. Clean eye-matter with a warm, wet cloth.

Step 3:
Wash a West Highland Terrier with a mild shampoo made especially for dogs with sensitive skin. Many Westies are prone to dry skin or skin allergies. Bathe as needed; rarely does a Westie need more than one bath per month.

Step 4:
Walk a Westie. Take a West Highland Terrier for several walks a day if you live in an apartment or do not have a fenced yard. He will look forward to romping around the neighborhood and using up some of his energy.

Step 5:
Careful around the kids. West Highland Terriers are not known to snap or bite, nor are they as fragile as some of the other small breeds, but care still needs to be taken around youngsters. Small dogs are easily mistreated by little ones who don't know better.*

*#5 is something that I have not found to be a problem. Buddy loves children and plays well with them. Although this is true for many smaller dogs. The only dog I have ever been bitten by was a Scottie when I was age 7. It was my fault because I was teasing him by constantly blowing in his face. Teasing is NOT a good thing to be doing.

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Edited by: REBECKY44 at: 9/19/2009 (13:59)
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