Having a cute little Westie running around your home is always a good thing! These dogs (also known as the West Highland Terrier) are a small breed with tons of personality to offer. They are known for being happy and fun…but also a little demanding. With beautiful white fur and expressive round eyes, it doesn’t take much to fall in love with these little pups. That is why it is so important to keep them healthy and cheerful day after day. You can make it happen by adding these tips into your regular routine. Here are 4 ways to take better care of your Westie:
1) Don’t Over Bathe Them
You want to keep your dog clean, right? Unfortunately some Westie owners over bathe their animals. This breed tends to have sensitive skin. If you wash them too frequently, this can lead to issues like irritation, dryness, and itching. It is important to be mindful of how often you are bathing them – and the products you are using to do it. The actual time between bathing varies from dog to dog and how well you keep up with grooming in between baths. It may need to be done three or four times a year or every 4 to 6 weeks. It really depends on the sensitivity of their skin. If you aren’t sure, ask a groomer or your vet for their opinion.
2) Remember to Brush Regularly
Part of good doggie maintenance has to do with brushing your Westie often. Even though their coat may look fine, you still need to brush it! It should be done every day if you are able to, or four times a week otherwise. Brushing keeps their scalp healthy and can even improve the appearance of their coat. This is a great way to avoid matted fur, which can cause additional pain or skin irritation. When you brush your Westie, be sure to choose a brush that has round plastic balls at the end of each bristle. This type of brush can get through the coat – whether the fur is fine or heavy – without causing any pulling.
3) Don’t Forget About Their Teeth
Just like humans, dogs need proper dental health as well. Yes, even your Westie. To avoid bad breath, gum infections, and other diseases, it is important to pay attention to their mouth. Aim to clean their teeth and gums once a week using some dog toothpaste and a toothbrush. If they are resistant, try using a finger cot to start with and move up to a regular toothbrush. Something to remember? Dog toothpaste is a must because it can be swallowed safely. In fact, your pet may even think it’s a treat because of the delicious flavour.
4) Always Tell Your Groomer What You Want
There are two ways to have your Westie groomed. They are: stripping and clipping. While stripping is typically done on show dogs it can be done on your house pet as well. It keeps their fur shorter but the texture will become coarser over time. Clipping on the other hand is the preferred style for non-competitive dogs. Here the coat is kept slightly longer. This option is far more convenient and requires less upkeep. Whichever one you prefer, be sure to tell your groomer what you want. Professionals have experience performing both cuts properly. So, remember to let them know what you’re looking for. It will make things easier for everyone!
Caring for your Westie is always important. It shows your pet just how much you care about their well being. Try incorporating these tips into your pet care routine. They are bound to appreciate the extra effort!
Is it time for your pet to be groomed? At Toronto Dog Groomer, our team has the experience and expertise to do the job right. For more information, contact us at: (647) 591-0535.