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    Unhappy 13wk Old Staffy Allergies :(

    Hi All

    Yes, another allergy thread sorry! I've had a look at all the previous threads on this subject but none of them really seem to apply to my problem..

    Our 13 week old staffyxlab has developed a real nasty itchy all over his belly..whilst the rash comes and goes, his belly is always red and somewhat inflamed. We took him to the vet last night, as his eye had become pussy so we got both issues checked out at once. The vet did a skin scrape to test for mange/fleas and put some ink in his eyes to check to for scratches etc. Both came back negative for anything. He has a bit of an infection in his eye from rubbing it so much and she said the rash/itching is allergies to either food/insects/plants. He has been put on necort cream and eye drops for a week.

    We have to go back in 7 days and if no better the vet suggests we start him on a food diet formulated for allergies for 8 weeks (didn't catch the name unfortunately) or give him steriod injections. He is currently fed eukanuba dry biscuits and a slice of tuckertime (i have been giving him the adult tuckertime rather than the puppy but the vet said this wouldn't be a cause of the allergy). I am going to go out and get the puppy one though. He also gets chicken wings as a treat. I really don't think it's the food that is causing the problem though because the rash only developed in the past few weeks :S

    Infact, the rash has only gotten worse since we started leaving him outside during work hours. He rubs himself along the lawn (in an effort to scratch his belly). The grass is couch, which i think might be the problem..but if it is how do we pinpoint this?? I am also going to buy some of that aloveen oatmeal shampoo and bath him with this tomorrow. Is this ok the bath puppies with?

    I am just confused because i have read in a few places that allergies shouldn't develop in dogs until they are much older than 3 months! Has any one got any other ideas on what i can do? breaks my heart to see him in pain

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    Sounds similar to what we went through....

    We discovered Ollie was allergic to the grass after leaving her in kennel for a week and her rash completely cleared up because she was kept off the grass....During the wet season our grasses seed and Ollie developed a rash... you can get tablets to stop them from scratching and inflaming the skin (I think it was Cortisone tablets... you have too slowly introduce and remove from their system e.g. 1 every 3 days then every 2 days then everyday until the inflamed skin eases then had to slow back off the tablets enough to stop her from scratching... I think I was giving her 1 tablet every 2nd or 3rd day), mowing before the grass seeds and a sensitive skin wash helped but it only really clears up during the dry when the grass stops seeding.

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    I would bother with a food elimination diet at this point as it does sound like a grass or plant allergy.

    If you can, avoid cortisone tablets. This isn't always easy though, particularly with atopic allergies.

    Is there anyway that you can replace some areas of grass with pavers or bark chips or even pebbles. Not ideal again I know, but it will help. Sometimes it can even be the type of grass.
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    thanks for the replies. the vet didn't mention anything to us about tablets..just the injection :S

    i would say about 80% of our yard is bricks and paving..we just have a strip of grass which he loves to roll around on. Since we leave him outside when we are out, there's no way of me stopping him from going on the lawn..short of removing it all. I was worried he might be allergic to hay? he spends a lot of time by the rabbit hutch and is always eating it off the floor. Other than that, i can't think what else! Majority of the plants in the yard are palm trees and all the rest he never seems to touch..

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    Is there any Wandering Dew lurking in your yard? This sneaky little plant is a really common cause of this sort of allergy.

    I'm with Anne on this one, try and avoid cortisone treatment if at all possible. Treatment with artificial cortisone can interfere with the body's natural cortisone production fo anything up to a couple of years. So it can lead to long term treatments.

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    Given your pets age, food allergy is extremely unlikely and I think a food trial is not warranted. In young stafford you expect either
    1. Mites - I would treat démodéx on suspicion ( concerned about whether you vet looked hard enough!) as staffies get juvenile democidosis
    2. Contact allergies - I like usin. PAW nutriderm shampoo conditioner on these ( a paw product) . It helped my hound settle it's allergies. Welcome to PAW - Pure Animal Wellbeing for more info. It soothes the skin and takes itch away and helps the skin barrier to protect against allergies.

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    thanks for the advice guys. I washed him the other day with aloveen oatmeal shampoo and have been keeping up with the cream and eye drops. He seems a lot better, still a little itchy but the rash and redness on his belly is gone. We haven't changed his diet so surely if the problem did lie there, he would still be no better.

    no wandering jew in the yard. He's usually indoors at night, however the other night he was outside playing on the lawn with my partner and his friends. The following morning his other eye was all green and watery. It''s gotta be something outside!!

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    Im going to disagree with the others and I would try changing him diet.

    I had an 8 year old staffy x who out of the blue developed a food allergy. All her tummy and throat went bald and eventually blackened. The hair would only grow back when she was on an allergy diet.

    Unfortunately for the last 4 years of her life she also had to be on prednisone in very small doses off and on to control it when she had flare ups, and we had to change her diet every now and then.

    You dont have anything to lose by trying a change in the diet.

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    When he goes outside, have you tried a T-Shirt on him? You can buy special doggy shirts, but if you are around you can try with a normal T-Shirt (you might have to tie it up a bit) and watch him while he is wearing it. If that reduces the allergic reaction you know it is coming from your backyard.
    If it is not a grass allergy I would guess it is indeed his nutrition.
    Just do one step at a time to find out what happens.

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    Umm, given that an allergic reaction is 'whole' body response, a t-shirt will most likely not help.

    A t-shirt would only assist if it was a contact dermatitis... and a grass allergy and or atopic allergy is not a contact reaction.

    Also, grass is not the only allergen so why you would think you could attribute the reaction to diet if it isn't grass is beyond me. Did you know that dogs can even have allergic reactions to dust mites?
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