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    Hi Everyone,

    I have a staffy x male, 2yo, who itches like the devil. We live in central Victoria and our property is very very dry at the moment. I believe it is a contact allergy from all the dry grass.

    The vet has prescribed steroid tablets and he is down to 1/2 a tablet every second night, BUT, I don't like giving steroids and if this is a long term/seasonal problem I would like to find something else to combat the itchies with.

    I have done a search and have read about some teas/sprays.

    Can anyone give us a little advice please.

    Thanks in advance.
    Leec

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    You can make a cup of calendula tea (from health food shop), and dilute that in a bucket of water and sponge that all over your dog.

    Mostly I just try to make sure mine isn't sunbaking on the grass in my yard. I peg out a tarp with a towel on it (held down by 2l bottles of water) and she lies on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    You can make a cup of calendula tea (from health food shop), and dilute that in a bucket of water and sponge that all over your dog.

    Mostly I just try to make sure mine isn't sunbaking on the grass in my yard. I peg out a tarp with a towel on it (held down by 2l bottles of water) and she lies on that.
    Thank you Hyacinth, I have been reading about calendula tea and have ordered some Great tip about the tarp on the grass. We don't have any grass being in Central Vic, all dirt and dried up But I am sure the dried grass is itching him as well.

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    'leec' - your poor pup ! Staffies and skin problems seem to go hand in hand - which is a shame !

    What do you feed him on ? Not just at mealtimes - but take into account snacks and treats.

    What do you bath him with ? How often do you bath him?

    What brand of flea/tick treatment do you use on him ?

    Yep - I ask heaps of questions - but - this is the way I try to work out what could be affecting my pups.

    What goes into your pup does have a very large effect on the condition and health of his skin and coat.

    I agree with you - long term usage of steroids - particularly for such a young pup is not something I would be happy with either !

    A link for Calendula Tea and other interesting things:

    Shalarm herbs and natural oils

    You need to be careful that you are purchasing the correct stuff !
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 03-13-2014 at 03:55 PM. Reason: fix up link page title

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    Note for amateur web page makers - the text you put in the page "title" is important - as that is what appears on a lot of auto link descriptions and google searches. So you really want to change a default title of "home" to something more specific to your page.

    Not much tea on that site, RileyJ. Tea is so much simpler.

    And you're right about all the questions.

    It could be lots of things in the environment. I made a list somewhere else for someone else eg
    mange (need skin scraping to check)
    mites
    fleas
    ticks
    mozzie or fly bites
    spiders
    fleas
    pollens
    mould spores
    diet allergies

    etc etc

    I use a bit of aloe vera juice on my mozzie bites if I catch the mozzie in the act of biting and voltarin gel (anti inflam for joints but seems to work best on mozzie bites as far as I'm concerned...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    'leec' - your poor pup ! Staffies and skin problems seem to go hand in hand - which is a shame !

    What do you feed him on ? Not just at mealtimes - but take into account snacks and treats. Raw diet with some pigs ears, roo tails etc

    What do you bath him with ? Aloveen - but no longer will be bathing him in this How often do you bath him?Not often, I don't believe in bathing dogs a lot, it strips their natural oils

    What brand of flea/tick treatment do you use on him ?At present he has had 2 doses of Revolution, although I am rethinking that as well. We don't have a flea/tick/heartworm problem in Central Vic

    Yep - I ask heaps of questions - but - this is the way I try to work out what could be affecting my pups.

    What goes into your pup does have a very large effect on the condition and health of his skin and coat.

    I agree with you - long term usage of steroids - particularly for such a young pup is not something I would be happy with either !

    A link for Calendula Tea and other interesting things:

    Shalarm herbs and natural oils

    You need to be careful that you are purchasing the correct stuff !
    Hi RileyJ, thanks for the link for Shalarm Herbs, I have ordered some Calendula tea from this site. They were very helpful and I should receive the tea next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Note for amateur web page makers - the text you put in the page "title" is important - as that is what appears on a lot of auto link descriptions and google searches. So you really want to change a default title of "home" to something more specific to your page.

    Not much tea on that site, RileyJ. Tea is so much simpler.

    And you're right about all the questions.

    It could be lots of things in the environment. I made a list somewhere else for someone else eg
    mange (need skin scraping to check)
    mites
    fleas
    ticks
    mozzie or fly bites
    spiders
    fleas
    pollens
    mould spores
    diet allergies

    etc etc

    I use a bit of aloe vera juice on my mozzie bites if I catch the mozzie in the act of biting and voltarin gel (anti inflam for joints but seems to work best on mozzie bites as far as I'm concerned...)
    I will be picking up some aloe vera juice on my way home this afternoon and will start feeding him this also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leec View Post
    Hi RileyJ, thanks for the link for Shalarm Herbs, I have ordered some Calendula tea from this site. They were very helpful and I should receive the tea next week.
    Good Stuff !

    I am not a big fan of pigs ears - much prefer meaty bones for snacks or carrots and apples.

    'Hyacinth' - uses the aloe vera as a dab on - external use only.

    I use a bit of aloe vera juice on my mozzie bites i
    Try and not change too many things at the one time. Have a talk to the people where you are buying the tea from - they are suggesting also that you feed the tea dregs in with the pup's dinner and are having good results.

    Good on you regarding the baths for the pup - Riley rarely gets one - maybe only once a year for his vet visit - if he needs it !

    Riley also has not had any flea or tick stuff put on him for about 5 years now. Have had no hassles - so far. He does get heartworm - so check with your vet as to the protocol of this in your area.

    Again - heaps of Good Luck Wishes ! Skin problems on pups are a real PITA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    Good Stuff !

    I am not a big fan of pigs ears - much prefer meaty bones for snacks or carrots and apples. If only he would eat carrots or apples. He does get meaty bones on a regular basis

    'Hyacinth' - uses the aloe vera as a dab on - external use only.Yes, I was recommended giving him aloe juice orally, but after doing some research today, have decided against it and will just get some aloe gel to rub on his belly if the calendula tea doesn't work



    Try and not change too many things at the one time. Have a talk to the people where you are buying the tea from - they are suggesting also that you feed the tea dregs in with the pup's dinner and are having good results.

    Good on you regarding the baths for the pup - Riley rarely gets one - maybe only once a year for his vet visit - if he needs it !

    Riley also has not had any flea or tick stuff put on him for about 5 years now. Have had no hassles - so far. He does get heartworm - so check with your vet as to the protocol of this in your area. We don't have heartworm or tick problems in Central Vic, thankfully

    Again - heaps of Good Luck Wishes ! Skin problems on pups are a real PITA.
    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by leec View Post
    I will be picking up some aloe vera juice on my way home this afternoon and will start feeding him this also.
    Yikes.

    Erm - you buy the cactus or borrow a few "leaves" from someone else and plant them...

    Cut a "leaf" off, split down the middle (maybe cut off any spikey bits) and wipe the gooey insides over any itchy or sore bits.

    Aloe Vera in large quantities is toxic. You can kind of tell it's bad for you because it tastes HORRID bitter. Even my dog thinks so and she eats grass which I don't like much.

    Please don't feed Aloe Vera to your dog. And Calendula tea is for her outsides too.

    Diet adjustments means finding out what a dog is allergic to, by doing elimination diets.
    Start with most likely eg Gluten, so feed a rice based food or no wheat/oats/rye grains.
    see if that makes a difference (might take a couple of weeks to know)
    then try eliminating stuff like corn
    then try different proteins - this is harder for dry food as a lot of them are very vague about what protein goes in eg "meat meal" will not help if your dog happens to be allergic to the variety that they use. Or they change what they use.

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