West highland white terriers, better known as Westies, are generally a very active and curious breed of dog. Depression in Westies is unusual and can indicate an illness.
Symptoms of depression in Westies can differ from dog to dog. Some dogs may just curl up in their beds and not want to come out, while others show no interest in food, toys or squirrels running past their noses.
Although some breeds of dog, like the Cavalier King Charles spaniel or the bulldog, are usually sedentary, the Westie is normally a dog with high energy and wants to be the centre of everything going on. Depressed Wesites need a vet visit as soon as possible.
Health problems that Westies are specifically prone to that may have depression as a symptom include epilepsy, diabetes, liver problems, white shaker dog syndrome and a brain condition called lysomal storage diseases.
Other causes of depression in Westies include side effects from a new medication, malnutrition and a sudden life change, such as the death of an owner. Westies that bond strongly with people may act depressed if their owners are depressed.
- "The Veterinarians' Guide to Your Dog's Symptoms"; Michael S. Garvey, DVM, et al.; 1999
- Web MD: Depression in Dogs
- West Highland White Terrier Club of America: Westie Health Concerns
- Dog Breed Info: West Highland White Terrier, Westie