West Highland White Terrier Questions

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West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terrier Questions

A Visitor asked the following question on 9/14/2004
My female Westie was recently diagnosed with White Shaker Dog Syndrome. She just turned one a month ago. The onset was sudden. She lost her balance going down the steps. When I picked her up, she was shaking from her head to her tail. I took her to the vet. My vet had never seen this in a Westie. A tranquilizer was administered for starters, and then a powerful injectable antibiotic as she had a temp of 104.4. Blood work was run, everything checked out fine. After much research on White Shaker Dog Syndrome, we believe this to be the cause of her tremors. We have started her on Prednisone. She will need to be on this 3-6 months. There is no guarantee that the tremors will not return once she goes off her meds. Obviously I am thinking we are not going to breed her. I would not want this passed on to her offspring. Are there any reports to substantiate the fact that this is hereditary? I have her sister from the same breeding, different litter. She is a year older and no sign of this disease whatsoever.

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11/28/10 I'm sorry to hear of your westies acute condition. I have never seen it in a westie but they are a breed known to have it. I'm glad to hear your not considering breeding her as no doubt you wouldnt want to produce more dogs with the problem. I beleive it is hereditary. I have not heard how its passed. Most diseases that are similar in people both parents are are carriers or its unknown, which means the sister may be a carrier also. I assume tests to rule out other things, such as tick born diseases, lead poisening, organophosphates ect has been ruled out. I wish her the best, and hope it remains managable. Laurel
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