Jay – Westie

  • 9 years old (almost 10)
  • Male
  • Arrived 30th Jan, 2021
  • Fostered in Macclesfield

Meet our cheeky, bold and hairless Westie, Jay. He is true to the Westie temperament; a real character indeed! But he is also very affectionate.

Jay has been well cared for his whole life from a puppy (we have full medical history) but has had skin and allergy issues his whole life; unfortunately a common problem with the breed and, no doubt, bad breeding. Sadly, his elderly owners suddenly became ill and could not take care of him anymore. He came into the Leicester branch of the RSPCA for fostering and was then networked over to us as he was not good with the cats!

Jay needed veterinary care upon arrival and continues to do so. He will need ongoing care: eye drops for dry eye which is permanent, steroids and, possibly, antibiotics on and off; he has a cream massaged into his skin daily which he loves! More recently he’s had to have a mousse treatment for his paws and he is partially sighted too-well he is getting on a bit! He has been neutered and is fully vaccinated and was already microchipped.

Jay can be rather vocal especially when you’re on the phone or something – “How dare you forget about me,” he says! He can also give the impression he’s bigger and harder than he is…the occasional grumpy growl! But he’s a real softy with quirks that’s all. He does also have a timid and sensitive side to him.

He does have accidents in the home BUT he’s massively improved. With someone around all day he’ll need very regular visits to the garden and walks to help with this: easily managed! Dust mites are an issue and this is the real problem: hard floors are best as carpets can make him very itchy -they are a serious harbourer of dust mites. He is also fed Tails grain-free fish dog food which he loves and is best for his skin and allergies. This is very much a breed specific condition that Jay has and we feel that he would suit a knowledgeable and experienced Westie person. In the main he is not good with other dogs, but is very manageable, he has never lived with one, but can be somewhat comfortable with calm females. Ideally a dog free home is best for this reason.

For all these reasons, as he’s very much a hands-on dog, he will need someone with the energy and confidence to look after him.


If you’d be interested in sharing your home with a new companion, please contact our Rehoming Co-ordinator on rehoming@rspca-macclesfield.org.uk or leave a message on 01625 669620

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