What Brand of Dry Dog Food Is Ideal for a West Highland White Terrier?

Also I’m interested in where I can find this brands of food. It is the first time I’m owning a dog and I really want to have him with the best food. Information about what shampoo I may use to bath the westie will be appreciated too. Thanks!

Orijen, Acana, Wellness, Taste of the Wild are all good foods. You can buy these at (farm) feed stores and some pet stores like Global Pet Foods or Petland.

Just use regular dog or puppy shampoo (puppy is tear free), you can buy shampoos for dogs with white coats, that may be a good option for you. Just make sure it’s made for dogs, not humans.

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  • Holly

    Orijen, Acana, Wellness, Taste of the Wild are all good foods. You can buy these at (farm) feed stores and some pet stores like Global Pet Foods or Petland.

    Just use regular dog or puppy shampoo (puppy is tear free), you can buy shampoos for dogs with white coats, that may be a good option for you. Just make sure it’s made for dogs, not humans.
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  • Christopher S

    Blue Buffalo small breed or any other premium small breed food from the pet supply, not wal-mart. The staff can direct you to the premium brands.
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  • BeanBelly

    Check out dogfoodanalysis.com or dogfoodscoop.com for tons of unbiased, easy-to-use info about dog foods. They’re both great sites.
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  • Jenny Manyteeth

    I cannot recommend feeding any of the commercial varieties of meat-flavored baked paste with chemicals added. Instead, why not feed your dog actual food? The dog’s natural diet is raw meat on the bone. Try it. The dog will love it, the diet will help him teethe properly as a pup, satisfy his lifelong need to chew, keep his teeth clean and his feces innocuous.

    http://www.rawmeatybones.com/
    http://preymodelraw.com/how-to-get-started/
    http://www.rawfed.com
    http://www.rawfeddogs.net
    http://www.rawfeeding.net
    http://www.barxx.com
    http://www.rawlearning.com
    http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/groups.rawfeeding/
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stZCSUJa4EU&NR=1/

    The basic idea is to approximate a wild diet as closely as possible; raw meat on the bone and small amounts of organ meat [liver is most important, but also kidneys, pancreas, spleen, lungs and what is called green tripe]. Amount to feed is calculated as 2-3% of the dog’s ideal adult body weight. Your veterinarian can help you estimate that; then you just do the math. You don’t have to be exact; all amounts are to be averaged over a week or two. Dogs [not toys or puppies] that get big, complicated meals sometimes will eat for two days and then not again for five. All perfectly normal.

    Most raw feeders that I’ve read have started their dogs on chicken: it is readily available and inexpensive, plus it is antibiotic- and hormone-free. The fat content is easy to control by how much of the skin you remove.

    No grain, vegetable or fruit is a significant part of a grey wolf’s diet. Dogs are genetically grey wolves.

    Besides being unnatural, lately it is becoming more and more clear that they simply are not safe:

    http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/various-private-label-pet-food-recalls-due-to-aflatoxin.html/
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  • Cookie

    I’ve owned two Westies. The first one had no health problems and ate just plain Purina Dog Chow and lived to be 15 years old. The second one developed irritable bowel disease at 2 years olf and I had to home-cook for him. If your dog has no allergy problems, you can feed any of the commercial dog foods and get along just fine, but if your dog starts itching, please get him on a higher quality kibble, one without any corn, wheat, soy, by-products or chicken.
    Any shampoo formulated specifically for dogs will work fine with a Westie. Do not use human shampoo and do not use baby shampoo as they will strip the oils from the skin.
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  • Cheyann

    Here is a list of good foods.

    Blue Buffalo
    By Nature
    Canidae
    Natural Balance
    Eagle Pack Holstic Select
    Evanger’s
    Fromm
    Merrick
    Timberwolf
    Natura Products
    Wellness
    Nature’s Logic
    Nature’s Variety
    Orijen
    Solid Gold
    Taste of the Wild
    Ziwi Peak

    The best thing you can feed is a raw diet. If you want to feed raw do lots of research first.
    References :
    http://www.dogster.com/forums/Food_and_Nutrition/thread/518898

  • Morgan Novinger

    Vet Tech here. One of the best foods is by Royal Canin, expensive but totally worth it, they even have breed specific foods. I remember seeing on with a Westie on it, but it might have just been the small breed one, any how I’ll leave the link for you (they sell it at Petsmart and I think you can order it online). As far as shampoo goes, always bathing a pet with a non medicated shampoo, like an oatmeal shampoo is best. There are some really good smelling oatmeal shampoos out there. Oatmeal shampoos are good because they don’t irritate your pets skin.
    References :
    http://products.royalcanin.us/products.aspx?Animal=Dog