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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-24-2008, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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Nose bite - Westie - not havanese

Ok, so my friend is getting a Westie next week. Apparently the puppy got bit on the nose last week by one of the adult dogs the breeder has. The puppy bit the adults tail and adult bit back.. anyhow..

Will this bite leave a scar? further internal damage? make the puppy scared in the future?

Would you go ahead and take this puppy or wait for another litter?

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-24-2008, 11:28 PM
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It is possible it could leave a scar, but if the dog isn't going to be shown, wouldn't be a problem. Besides, I think if he had a scar there, it makes him look even cutier. Poor baby, he was just wanting to play, and look what happened. He will be fine though I am sure.
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Anyone have anything to add about this?? My friend is freaking out.. as he is sapposed to take the puppy home in a few days...
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I would take the pup. I mean unless your friend is looking at showing and needs to have standard and all that.
Have your friend talk to the vet.
I like the scar, it's cute and the pup has already learned quite a lesson!

Funny, I was hot to get a westie, then realized terrier might be bored with me as I am very laid back. Then my friend got a hav and, well now I have Henry!

Best to your friend and healing vibes to the little pup.
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I agree, as long as your friend isn't planning to show. I'd go ahead and take the pup. Cody got bit, on the face, at daycare shortly after I got him. It didn't leave a scar, but hard to tell if this pup will have one or not. You asked about the pup being scared.... How is the pup doing now interacting with other dogs? Cody's bite (along with another recent run-in with an older dog) have made him a little reticent but that's not necessarily a bad thing. He needed to learn how to approach other dogs more calmly and these dogs taught him quicker than I ever could have.

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Our dog before Molly was a pound-puppy-mutt that we adopted from North Shore Animal Shelter on Long Island.

When we got her, she had a bite wound on the top of her head, but she was so pathetic being beat up by the other dogs, that we took her out of sympathy.

They gave us an ointment, that turned out to be exactly what my vet recommended...we had her checked out the day after we got her. She ended up always having a "different" patch of hair there, which made her so endearing.

After a time we figured out why the other dogs were bullying her (she really was a PITA), but we're glad we saw her thru it...we do miss her as she died from extensive cancer at 10 years old.

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Ryan, I'm sure the pup would be just fine. It sounds like the older dog was "disciplining" the puppy and went too far. If the puppy still acts happy and playful around other dogs all is well. I'd go ahead and take the puppy.

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Ryan, pups get bit on the nose all the time. It will heal that that guy is a major cutie. Just have your friend make sure that this pup is supervised with adults - he's obviously still learning his puppy manners.


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Ryan, I would think that the cut would heal and if your friend is not showing the puppy, then it should not matter.

I hope your friend has done his homework and knows the breed. My DSIL has an adorable and very INTELLIGENT Westie. She likes to hunt, dig and be busy with play. She has killed a bird in flight! Terriers get bored easily and need action from what I have seen of this furgirl. Having said all that, she is very loving and sweet, but definitely not for me.

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what's the verdict, do you think your friend will be having this westie coming into the home ??
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