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    Unhappy Allergies/yeast infection? help.

    At the end of last year, when the weather was really humid, my female staffy got ear infections and red, itchy paws and an itchy anus. I took her to the vet and he put her on steriods which temporarily helped so they kept her on the steriods, a small dose to try to keep it under control. It didn't. She put on more weight and still had an itchy anus that she dragged on the carpets. I took her to another vet that diagnosed her with a yeast infection and changed her diet completely and gave her homeopathics to treat it. For the first week, she was happier and had less symptoms, but now she's back to scratching and she seems really uncomfortable. I feel like we're doing everything we can to stop it, but it seems to be getting worse. I've been washing her in mediderm twice a week and I'm going to call the vet on Tuesday to see what else we can do to help her. Poor little honey. I just want her to stop scratching herself so badly..

    Any suggestions would really help?

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    Staffies are really prone to skin problems, rashes and itchiness.

    The staffies I know, and my dog too, it's related to the grass. Kikuyu is flowering right now - which adds to my dog's problems and she does love to drag her belly around on the grass and this causes problems. Even I can't sit on it without a rug or mat between me and the grass. Same with buffalo grass. Couch grass is not so bad for me. But is for some dogs.

    Homeopathic is about as effective as placebo eg 25%. Not really good when the dog is itching to pieces and doesn't realise they're supposed to get better on that.

    For the ears - you need some sort of ear ointment that deals with the fungus or bacteria or both. I'd get something from the vet to use.

    For the rest of her - there are some good steroid creams but you will also need to keep her off the grass and provide her somewhere she can keep dry. It's possible there are some diet things that aggravate it too but I'd put my money on the grass first.

    Bathing a dog in calendula (daisy) tea may also help. I made tea as for drinking and then sponge bathed the dog with it a few times a day - but I didn't notice any benefit for my dog compared to making her sleep on a towel on a tarp on the lawn. Or staying inside when she wasn't out for pottying. And stopping her any time she tried the belly crawl. We also spent a lot more time at the beach as belly drags on the sand were not as bad (well no worse than wet sandpaper).

    On evil hound's rashes - I sometimes use stuff for nappy rash. Tho savlon stings - so the dog is not going to be thrilled about that. Redwin sorbelene moisturiser seems to work better without stinging. Aloe vera straight from the cactus is also good and has the bonus of stopping the dog from licking (cos it tastes awful even to a dog). However if your dog eats ANYTHING - it can be toxic in large doses.

    Diluted vinegar is also supposed to be good for killing mould (fungi) - about 1 cup per litre of water, but I've only used it in the bathroom and kitchen (not marble tho), and not on the dog. The cream available at the chemist for "jock itch" or "thrush" might also help against a fungal rash. But I've never used that on a dog either - you might want to check with a vet first especially to make sure the active ingredients are not poisonous to a dog (in small lickable doses).

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    Hi 'titantashy' and to the forum !

    Staffies and their skin problems have been dealt with a lot on this forum - it is a common problem with them - which is a shame - so have a look at this link at all the different threads:

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/search.php?searchid=529067

    Pleased to see that one of your vets looked at diet - and I would suggest that you have another look at that area. Grain free dry food or skin sensitive dry food could be something that you could look at. Don't forget to take into account snacks - they were the ones that caused me the most grief with skin problems with my pups in the past !

    Whenever I had any hassles with hot spots/allergies or whatever with my GSPs in the past - the culprit was always food orientated.

    Friends of mine have 2 GSDs - one was having heaps of hassles with yeasty ears - they use Supercoat for sensitive skin - and have had great success. Riley is on the new grain free from VIP Natures Goodness - and I am finding that he is liking it very much. His coat is shiny - so all is good !

    Heaps of Good Luck Wishes with finding a solution for your pup !

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    Hi Hyacinth,

    Thanks for all the information. I think you're spot on with the Kikuyu grass allergy! I've stopped taking Tashy to the local park in the past week and she's improved significantly. I've been back to the vets and now have a cream to stop the itching, which seems to be helping. The ears aren't a problem anymore as I had them treated with antiobiotic drops when it first started in December, so that's worked out well

    Appreciate all your help.

    Cheers!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Staffies are really prone to skin problems, rashes and itchiness.

    The staffies I know, and my dog too, it's related to the grass. Kikuyu is flowering right now - which adds to my dog's problems and she does love to drag her belly around on the grass and this causes problems. Even I can't sit on it without a rug or mat between me and the grass. Same with buffalo grass. Couch grass is not so bad for me. But is for some dogs.

    Homeopathic is about as effective as placebo eg 25%. Not really good when the dog is itching to pieces and doesn't realise they're supposed to get better on that.

    For the ears - you need some sort of ear ointment that deals with the fungus or bacteria or both. I'd get something from the vet to use.

    For the rest of her - there are some good steroid creams but you will also need to keep her off the grass and provide her somewhere she can keep dry. It's possible there are some diet things that aggravate it too but I'd put my money on the grass first.

    Bathing a dog in calendula (daisy) tea may also help. I made tea as for drinking and then sponge bathed the dog with it a few times a day - but I didn't notice any benefit for my dog compared to making her sleep on a towel on a tarp on the lawn. Or staying inside when she wasn't out for pottying. And stopping her any time she tried the belly crawl. We also spent a lot more time at the beach as belly drags on the sand were not as bad (well no worse than wet sandpaper).

    On evil hound's rashes - I sometimes use stuff for nappy rash. Tho savlon stings - so the dog is not going to be thrilled about that. Redwin sorbelene moisturiser seems to work better without stinging. Aloe vera straight from the cactus is also good and has the bonus of stopping the dog from licking (cos it tastes awful even to a dog). However if your dog eats ANYTHING - it can be toxic in large doses.

    Diluted vinegar is also supposed to be good for killing mould (fungi) - about 1 cup per litre of water, but I've only used it in the bathroom and kitchen (not marble tho), and not on the dog. The cream available at the chemist for "jock itch" or "thrush" might also help against a fungal rash. But I've never used that on a dog either - you might want to check with a vet first especially to make sure the active ingredients are not poisonous to a dog (in small lickable doses).

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    Hi RileyJ,

    Thanks heaps for the link. So useful! The change in diet has really made a big difference and you're right about the snacks. Have completed stopped them, much to the disgust of Titan and Tashy but it's made a massive difference. So much energy and less skin rashes.
    For the next 6 weeks, the vet has them on an all natural raw diet but will ask her about using the skin sensitive dry foods after that time.

    Thanks again for the info. Makes such a difference to see how other people manage.

    cheers

    Titantashy

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    HI Titantashy,

    If you are still here, this article may be of use to you, re your Dog ear problems

    Everyone has a different view, but I had major success by using Omega 3 regularly with my dog, and a raw meat diet (and meat based dog treats). Omega 3 actually cleared up a lot of his skin issues (excessive licking of feet) as well as the many ear infections he used to get.

    Can I also say that a lot of people will also have various view on dog dragging their butts. Yes it can be itchy, or worms or anal gland blocks .. but I found my dog does it after he does a poo (cleans the butt) and when he is feeling randy (dont ask how I know).

    I hope your dogs stay allergy free! Cheers Bruce
    Bruce is a "dog walker in inner west Melbourne" & sells "Healthy Dog treats." My dog Archie approves of these things.

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