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    Hi I need some advice... I have a 16 month old female dog and one day she started scratching...I use a flea treatment so was sure it wasn't fleas making her scratch. I took her to the vet and the vet gave her antibiotics and quartizone tablets, a medicated shampoo and sent us home with instructions to wash her twice a week with the shampoo and take all the tablets then come back.
    I did what they said to do and as soon as she ran out of the quartizone tablets she started her scratching a little bit at first then back to crazy scratching. Back to the vet again and they took a skin scraping and said they think its allergies.... and now my mind is boggling because they want me to keep her on quartizone tablets forever to control it??? Surely that is not a good way to go?? I asked them if there is another option and they said it is very expensive to treat allergies with the other medication other than quartizone....
    Anyway so I decided to do a test and see if it was anything i have fed her even though her diet hasnt changed the vet said once they hit puberty they can develop allergies...I have no idea if this is correct but I really want to try and find out what it is thats all of a sudden making her itchy.
    The diet the vet gave me to follow is using kangaroo meat for protein and sweet potato for carbs...I have a sheet that has the amounts etc. and will gradually over the next week introduce and change her over to it.
    I was wondering if anyone has had experience with allergies in dogs as no dog I've had has ever had these issues...lol diferent issues but not allergies.
    Any advice would be muchly appreciated

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    Allergies is a hard one.
    Sounds like the scraping didn't show anything?
    I would contact a dermatologist it will probably save you time and money in the long run.
    If its food it's done through a food elimination diets which takes time.
    If it's environmental you need to look at plants and grasses, bedding, pollens and the list goes on and on.
    Is she a Staffordshire Bull Terrier by any chance?
    Have you contacted the breeder to see if any of the other siblings have allergies?
    The diet sounds ok what was she on before?
    Calandula tea is soothing for itches but not a cure.

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    She is a cross breed, her mum is a Rottweiler and her dad is an American Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
    She was having both home made food and dog roll as well as premium dog biscuits. I have a 7 month old baby and she kinda cleans up after him alot so it is hard to say exactly what she eats other than what I actually give her. I am currently starting the elimination diet and we will just have to see how that goes.
    I would have to say the change from her being not itchy to being itchy happened around the time we moved house but not straight away probably after we had been here about 2 months so I'm inclined to think it's nothing to do with food as such because her diet hasn't changed only her environment. I'll try the elimination diet but I have a feeling that's not the problem.
    I will take her to my usual vet at Murdoch Uni as that's where I have taken all my animals previously... I have moved a couple of hrs drive from it but I think it would be worth a visit.

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    This site here will give you some pics of plants that may also be in your garden.
    Click on the allergy info.

    Dermcare-Vet

    Good luck.

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    quartizone is dangerous if given longterm. All I can suggest is perhaps you try another vet for a second opinion. Murdoch are the only ones that do the expensive allergy treatments I think? My Border Collie was taking between 2-4 polaramine tablets per day for allergies for a long time and it was getting worse. She was then diagnosed with underactive Thyroid and since she's been on the thyroid medication she hasn't needed an antihystamine as her allergies seem to have disappeared.

    You could also try leaving your dog at someone else's house for a week to see if it still has the same symptoms to determine whether it's something in your yard/area.

    I've been reading a lot about raw food diets in the past week and a lot of people say it eliminates allergies.

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    Thanks for that link I will check it out now.

    I really don't want to keep her on quartizone that's why I am determined to get to the bottom of this! I will definately be taking her to murdoch if anyone can help it's them. It's a bit of a mission now days with my little son and having moved so far away but you gotta do what you gotta do! I will mention the thyroid thing and see what they say. I also think sending her to my mums for a week is a good idea and worth a try, see if anything changes when shé not in my backyard...Thanks for your help guys

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