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    Default An Itch to be reckoned with!!

    Oskar is scratching himself so much in some spots, he is starting to get patches where the hair is missing. I have heard that staffies are prone to skin issues. Can someone please recommend a sensitive shampoo, or should we just take him straight to the vet?

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    Malaseb is the best shampoo for itchy dogs as it is medicated. A trip to the vet wouldn't hurt either as they can give him a cortasone injection to help alleviate the itch.
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    Thanks ClareBear, I think he will have to be booked in for sure, poor bugger.

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    What are you feeding him? It would of been around that age Harley started itching too and I worked out it was from beefy food. Took him off beef and put him on chicken and he was good! Lol

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    I would recommend you try and get to the root of the problem as it is best in the long term. Although shampoos and vets may help alleviate the symptoms, the problem may always be there. Most cases are diet related so I would recommend that you take a look at your dog's diet first. The good news is this is the cheapest way to start before spending big dollars on vet bills. Best of luck.

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    Hi Oskar's mum

    My dog is allergic to grass - especially this time of year. Some dogs are allergic to some air bourne pollens - and shampoo is not going to help that, and some are allergic to something in the food you're giving them (or they're stealing from somewhere).

    If your dog is picking up some sort of grass mite bug thing or a fungal thing - a shampoo might help with that.

    If it's gotten to the point where your dog is scatching holes in himself - might be time for a vet visit to figure out what the source of the problem is and what the appropriate treatment might be.

    For my dog - she's not commando crawling on the grass any more (even gives me a rash that), she's taking antihistamines twice a day as per vets prescription, we're going to the beach a lot more, and I'm putting nappy rash zinc cream on her and savlon - having denuded my aloe vera catcus already. The zinc cream - before we go near the grass seems to be helping quite a bit as a protective barrier. I worry she might eat it but so far not too much of a problem.

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    Thankyou so much for all imput and advice!!

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    our dog gets terrible itches from grains in dogfood ( I have eliminated all grain but I am not 100% sure which one is the problem, corn I think...). Its very hard to get grain free dog food so we have gone raw with excellent success. Our (then) vet was no use at all, just prescribed steroid creams and antihestimines- no good atr seeking our the thing he was allergic to.

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