Hi guys, My husband and I just got a west highland white terrier about two weeks ago. He was fine until I gave him his first bath..I was drying him off and some hair on his forehead came off with the towel..I wasn't drying roughly, just gentle enough. So, I called the breeder who was informative on what was going on..he said that his little sisters had the same thing and it was a mite. I also took him to the vet just to get some extra help and they gave him some cream...but I wonder if theres anything I can do that would help him...I heard that salmon oil was good for coats.... help!!!
Hi I can't remember what mite it was but its a local area that is affected on Baxters forehead. He doesn't scratch at it or rub it on anything either...and the name of the ointment is Goodwinol Ointment.
If the breeder says it is a mite, it may be localized demodex which is very common and most vets won't really treat it in mild cases. It doesn't cause itching like sarcoptic mange does. The hair just falls out. The dogs immune system normally can fight it off. Make sure you are feeding a very high quality meat based puppy food to start with. Also the Goodwinol oinment is an oinment which is good and may help but maynot. It is used for the treatment of mange. I would get a dose of Revolution. It is like frontline or advantage but it cures demodex and will not hurt the dog. Did the vet do a skin scrap on ur puppy? If not then you may want to get one done.
One of my dogs had demodex. I caught it early, and a topical cream from the vet easily got rid of it. Do make sure you keep an eye on the spot, and if it appears to be getting bigger, go back to the vet. I would also suggest examining your dog closely to make sure this particular spot is the only one on the dog's body, and if you find additional spots, again, go back to the vet. Congrats on your new pup.
my grandmother's westies were all notorious for having one skin problem after another....the last one was allergic to everything and had to be bathed with a medically prescribed shampoo. The skin scrape sounds like wonderful advice to me. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
Dear Charolettepup, There is a product called Pet Relief by Associated Medical. It comes in a shampoo, cream rinse, and spray. It contains Pramoxine HCI and colloidal for temporary relief of itching and discomfort. It also containsomega 6 fatty acids to renourish the skin. It provides temporary relief of itching and discomfort caused by seborrheic dermatitis. The shampoo is soap-free that cleans the coat leaving it shiny and manageable. The creme rinse offers additional relief while detangling the coat. The spray can be used anytime to offer immediate relief. They are sold seperatley, not in a package. You can find it at petsmart. Each comes in an 8 oz. bottle. The shampoo and spray run around $10 each, while the creme rinse is about $13. Good luck. Hope your baby feels better soon. Best Wishes, LindyLou
Hi guys All the advice was great and to tell you the truth, I have already done all that. As a matter of fact, Baxter has had 2 skin scrapes and they both have been the same. There is no other place on his body that has the hair loss. Just the head, and there is no itching at all. He doesn't rub it, its not red, and seems to not bother him at all. Its just a little bald spot. Thanks for all the advice...
Malaseb medicated pet shampoo is good for skin disorders. Try visiting your vet also (this might sound obvious), as flea allergies can also be commonplace Are you also being careful what you feed him? If he has been unused to rich foods and then you are giving him them these will also play havoc with his inner system as well as his skin condition - introduce new foods slowly
Charlottepup, I've just read your last reply Is the bald patch just in between his ears (top of head) and possibly it the base (dogs bottom) of his tail? this is where the dogs glands are, and baldness here is nothing to worry about at all (just hormones) and the 'problem' will clear itself up in a few months when the hair grows back
Hi Laurie, Its at the top of his head between his ears, but there are NO spots anywhere else on him...not even at the base of the tail...and I am feeding him what the breeder was feeding him. Thanks!...