Blk 1002, Toa Payoh Lor 8, 01-1477, Singapore 319074 Tel: 6254-3326, 9668-6469, 9668-6468.
03 September, 2015
Focus: Small animals - dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, turtles &
Research - Dogs
(lion jaw) in a Westie puppy Dr
Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow), MRCVS First recorded: 24 May, 2012
03 September, 2015
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May 23, 2012, I answered a phone call. A lady wanted to make
an appointment to consult an experienced vet (myself) at Toa
Payoh Vets. She had consulted another experienced vet (Vet 1)
who had apparently diagnosed her Westie as having enlarged
"lymph nodes" and prescribed antibiotics and medication.
After that, the Westie puppy again had difficulty in opening
her mouth, was in pain and would not eat.
"I know my Westie is suffering from an inherited disease
called 'lion jaw'," she could not pronounced craniomandibular
osteopathy and told me to surf the internet for 'Westie, lion
jaw'. She was not happy with the breeder but would not return
I identified myself and told her that I had not come across
the disease in my 40 years of practice. "Singaporean breeders
seldom breed Westies," I said.
"This breed is not easy to breed for some reasons. This breed
has a type of skin disease specific to Westies and that is
probably the reason why local breeders avoid breeding Westies
as they would encounter complaints to the authorities or need
to pay back the money. So, you will seldom find Westie puppies
locally bred for sale."
The internet is a great help and many owners know more than
the vets in specific disease conditions!
The cause is said to be bone changes in the
skull and mandible and is an inherited disease in Westies 3
months to 8 months. X-rays show immature bones replacing
normal bone leading to a misdiagnosis of bone tumour. Painful
and difficulty in eating. Steroid injections or NSAIDS are
reported to be useful.