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    Thanks Alvin,

    She has been on antibiotics before which helped but once she went off them it just comes back. It doesn't help that she has found a dirty, greasy, insect ridden spot in the garage under an old car which she likes to hide under . . .

    Anyway I am going to the vet who is specialises in skin conditions and lectures at the uni about it. So hopefully he can give me some definitive answers. I have read though that you can get injections to help if it is airborne allergies and as far as steroid cream goes I think I will try EVERYTHING else first as steroids for long term treatment isn't a path I want to go down.

    Thanks for your story sounds like our babies are going to cost us a lot over their lifetimes :P

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    We have a member on here who has an amazing knowledge on helping dogs with skin issues, Augustine The Boxer.......Try to pm them and they are really helpful and have lots of info.

    I have had lots of problems with my Annabelle, they have helped us lots
    Pets are forever

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    If you want to look up your dog's food and how they rate: Dog Food Reviews - Main Index - Powered by ReviewPost

    My purebred Staffy boy is severely allergic...he is actually VERY allergic to Agapanthus! We always have cortisone spray and tablets on hand for when he breaks out. He is also allergic to broad leafed grass eg Sir Walter and he get severely swollen mouth if we do not remove the dead branches from our palm trees quick enough and he gets to them!

    I will NEVER serve commercial dog food to my dogs...ever again! I give the Dr Bruce's All Natural mix and mix it with fresh HUMAN grade mince. NEVER use pet grade mince...it is LOADED with preservatives!

    We NEVER wash any of his bedding in detergents...we wash them in Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with "mother" in it (which also deter fleas)...you can get this from any health food store.
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    Turns out bella has demedex mites and a mild case of atopy. She had demdex as a pup and had injections but they are back!!! So treatment is 8-12 weeks of injections, 4 weeks of anti-biotics, a special anti bacterial wash, followed by oral meds for 3 weeks. Hopefully after al this they won't ever return

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    Ouch.

    My dog has had a tummy rash - but it's from commando crawling on the grass. If we stick to the beach it clears up. And antihistamines helped too.

    And worst of all - vet said allergies like that get worse with age. I might have to try her on the black hawk myself... Though she mostly gets home made casserole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eitak View Post
    Turns out bella has demedex mites and a mild case of atopy. She had demdex as a pup and had injections but they are back!!! So treatment is 8-12 weeks of injections, 4 weeks of anti-biotics, a special anti bacterial wash, followed by oral meds for 3 weeks. Hopefully after al this they won't ever return
    A good remedy for Demedex is apple cider vinegar in a bucket mixed with Borax (in the cleaning section of the super market)
    apply this on dog with sponge and let dry .
    Wash off in abut 2 hours..
    Repeat once a week

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    Really?? She has pretty sensitive skin so don't know if I wanna put borax on her. I might just stick with the vettreatment. Thanks anyway though

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    Stick with the vet treatment.

    My now 4 yo dog had Demodex when she was a pup as well. Pain in the ass and cost a lot of money to fix but will always choose to go with a vets prescribed treatment, especially when it comes to mange as it can spread easily and become quite bad.

    Glad you have got to the bottom of it, I am sure she will be much better in no time.

    Just as an FYI: Dogs get Mange due to their immune system not working properly (the mites that cause it are always present but if your dogs immune system is working correctly they don't get mange from them), so I would still look at changing her diet.

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    Borax is used to kill ants. Ant rid (honey and borax) has very definite instructions about not putting it where pets (dogs) will eat it. I don't think I'd want to use it on the dog's coat either. Though the zinc cream isn't exactly non-toxic either. In the garden - one of the things they recommend trying is pest oil - vegetable oil and detergent and water is a variation on that theme. But would make the coat very greasey for a while. I don't know how long it takes for a mite to suffocate. I do know it's really really hard to clear up. Some of the spot ons say they reduce or get rid of mites.

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