One of our club member's healthy Westies.
All breeds come with health issues specific to that breed, and Westies are no exception. Like people, dogs can have a wide range of health problems: some hereditary, some environmental, some minor, and some severe or even life threatening. The following are some of the more common health issues that Westie breeders are concerned about and try to avoid (to the extent possible) in their breeding programs:
- Allergies and skin problems;
- CMO (Craniomandibular Osteopathy);
- Copper Toxicosis;
- Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease;
- Addison's Disease;
- Westie Lung Disease;
- Luxating Patella; and
- Pyruvate Kinase (PK) Deficiency.