Posted by: Itching staffie | 2008/11/18

Itchy &  Scratchy

My 1 year old staffie has allergies - to dog food and grass, sand etc. We have put her on special dog food(fish based) to curb the ear infections but her itching has become worse than ever. The fur on her hind legs is missing/thinning in large patches. We have taken her to the vet to confirm it' s not mange, which she had when we got her as a pup. The vet says it' s just allergy related. Is there anything we can give her / apply to the skin to ease the itching or help with the hairloss? The vet did not suggest anything and we don' t want to have her on medication permanently. Thanks.

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Itching Staffie

Long term you can use essential fatty acids (mirra-cote or Efazol) and put your staff on anti-histamines in summer. Both very safe and a good long term option.

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Posted by: Chill | 2008/11/18

If your vet really had nothing else to say, you might also consider switching your custom to one who is a little more forthcoming.....

I do have a question, though. You sweepingly say you don' t want to ' have her on medication permanently' . Is this really a considered standpoint? Would you prefer her to be itching and scratching permanently?

What should happen here - and this is not an easy project - is that tests be run to find out what exactly the dog is allergic to, so that you at least have some idea of what to do to avoid whatever it is. If your vet can' t help, request a referral to a specialist.

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