You have noticed that your West Highland White Terrier loses a lot of hair. In the same way, you are worried about your West Highland White Terrier, you keep picking up West Highland White Terrier hairs, brushing your clothes, shaking the carpets… Let’s see below why your West Highland White Terrier loses its hair and how to reduce this problem.
Your West Highland White Terrier is losing its hair – Why?
Your West Highland White Terrier loses its hair – Shedding periods
Shedding process for West Highland White Terrier is characterized by a greater loss of hair during 2 periods (spring and autumn). So there’s no need to worry if your West Highland White Terrier loses its hair in early spring and autumn. It is a natural phenomenon that allows the West Highland White Terrier to coat itself with a coat that is more adapted to the upcoming season.
But as the life of the West Highland White Terrier has changed from the time they stayed outdoors all day, the shedding system has also changed. Indeed, the fact that the West Highland White Terrier stays all day in a heated dwelling all year round disrupts the natural phenomenon of shedding. This way, your West Highland White Terrier may lose its hair permanently. This is called false shedding.
Your West Highland White Terrier loses too much hair – Pathologies
If you notice a sudden loss of hair in large quantities, if your West Highland White Terrier is often itchy and you have identified that it is not a moult, it could be a medical problem.
Indeed, parasitic diseases (scabies, fleas…) cause inflammation and “pruritus” (West Highland White Terrier which itches) and can lead to hair loss. Your West Highland White Terrier may also have an internal parasite, fungal, bacterial infection or any other pathology.
In this case, I advise you to quickly show your West Highland White Terrier to his veterinarian.
Your West Highland White Terrier loses its hair – What to do?
Control hair loss with regular brushing
By brushing your West Highland White Terrier regularly, you can help remove dead hair before they fall out. This way, your interior will be better preserved and your West Highland White Terrier will have a more beautiful coat. In addition, it is the way to check if your West Highland White Terrier does not have fleas, ticks or lesions.
The most powerful brush on the market is the Furminator.
The FURMINATOR brush for West Highland White Terrier
Of all the brushes on the market, it is the most effective tool for removing dead hairs and undercoats from your West Highland White Terrier. This brush removes bristles without breaking them and without hurting your West Highland White Terrier. In the FURMINATOR range, I have selected in particular the Shedding Anti-Moulting Tool.
Super-efficient, top, spectacular, stunning, extra… adjectives and superlatives are very numerous in the comments of the users of this brush.
The majority of opinions confirm that it is a very efficient brush. Very good marks for the quality of the product, its robustness and efficiency. One person testified that her effectiveness is spectacular and that it is the only brush she has tried that does her job as well.
Reduce hair loss by adopting a healthy diet
Diet can affect the health as well as the coat quality of your West Highland White Terrier. For your West Highland White Terrier to have a remarkable coat, its diet must be of good quality, rich in good fatty acids and vitamins. So be careful about the quality of the food you give him (see our article on what are the best croquettes for West Highland White Terrier?).
In addition, there are several ways to supplement your West Highland White Terrier’s diet to limit hair loss. Vitamins, fatty acids, omega 3 can be added to your West Highland White Terrier’s regular diet. Some add salmon or rapeseed oil, others give special food supplements for a healthy coat.
Reduce hair loss with brewer’s yeast
Brewers Yeast Dog Chewables
It is the most effective food supplement (widely known and used in Europe). This product is a stimulant for hair growth and quality because it promotes the synthesis of keratin (hair protein) and slows down sebum production (reducing hair fat). Brewer’s yeast makes the coat shine and reduces hair loss.
Prevent hair loss by providing good hygiene
If it is recommended to clean your West Highland White Terrier to ensure good hygiene, too frequent baths could have negative consequences on hair loss.
A recommendation: Do not bathe your West Highland White Terrier more than once a month. The skin of your West Highland White Terrier could be weakened.
As we have studied in our article What is the best shampoo for a West Highland White Terrier, there are specially designed specific shampoos to fight against hair loss.
FURminator deShedding Ultra Premium Shampoo
FURMINATOR shampoo is recommended by veterinarians and dog groomers for its high quality.
Hypoallergenic, it is designed to reduce hair loss. It is recommended to use it in addition to the FURMINATOR brush. Its composition is enriched with omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, vitamins and proteins, which contributes to the good health of the West Highland White Terriers’ skin but above all to the reduction of hair loss. It is a good product with a very unbeatable price for premium quality.
Very good comments saying that this shampoo is a quality product. Many people testify that after applying the West Highland White Terriers to the coat, they noticed more softness in the coat and shinier hair…
A minor drawback: users don’t like the coconut smell.