Westie Health E-Book

The WFA has just completed a completely new and updated edition of the Westie Health E-Book.  This publication was prepared through the University of Georgia Vet School under the supervision of the Educational Resources Department.  New articles and new illustrations help to make this a very useful resource.  You can download individual chapters here and on the Health Issues page, and soon you will be able to order printed copies on demand.  The printed copies are great to have as a ready reference, and could be donated to your dog club, puppy owners, or to the vets who care for your dogs.  The chapters are listed below for your information.  If you open the file (click on the cover at right) there are links in the table of contents that will take you directly to each section.

Health and Disease in Dogs: A Brief Overview

Diet and Environment 3

You and Your Veterinarian 4

Breeding, Spaying, and Neutering 5

How Breed Influences Health in Dogs 6

How does this relate to Westies? 6

Common Diseases of Westies 7

Aggression in Dogs: What does it mean for Westie owners? 9

Complementary and Alternative Medicine  19


Specific Diseases

Integumentary System

Dermatitis Basics and Atopic Dermatitis in Westies  26

Respiratory System

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis – Westie Lung Disease  34

Musculoskeletal System

Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease  40

Craniomandibular Osteopathy in Westies /Other Scottish Terriers  45

Luxation of the Patella  50

Endocrine System

Addison’s Disease  55

Diabetes Mellitus  61

Cushing’s Disease  67

Digestive System

Inflammatory Bowel Disease  72

Copper Toxicity in the Canine Liver  79

Nervous System

White Shaker Disease Syndrome  85

Special Senses

Juvenile Cataracts  90

Keratoconjunctivitis sicca  97

Tumors, Cancer, and Your Westie

Introduction and Overview  105

Bladder Cancer in Westies and Scotties  109





Funded by the Westie Foundation of America.

Updated in 2017 by Educational Resources, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia.

Design by Mallory Traylor and Stephanie Pfeiffer.

Medical Illustrations by Matthew Crotts and Stephanie Pfeiffer.