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    Hi guys
    I have 2 staffies;the girl has thick fluffy hair covering her belly so tends to never get bitten or have any irritations, the boy (who is brindle) has very coarse hair and his belly has a very thin layer of hair so his skin is more exposed. As a puppy he often had skin irritations/rashes and we went through lots of processes including changing his diet & can happily say he's been itch free for years now. A few days ago we were down the beach and he was lying on some quite coarse grass all day, sunning himself and when we got home he started itching. I brought him to the hydrobath thinking there might be some grassy bits or pollen annoying him as that has been a cause of itching previously and that eased him for a bit but then lots of red bumps appeared and realised he's been bitten all over his belly by mozzies (or similar). I put antihistimine cream on him and that eases him for a bit but just wondering if anyone has any remedy they could share. I have doggy safe insect repellant which he'll have on his belly this weekend (I had just put it on this coat) so I think we can stop a repeat but he is so itchy at the moment.
    thanks in advance

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    Hi Muz

    I've been having similar problems with my dog. The itchy red spots - aren't mozzie bites, but a reaction to the grass - my dog and I both get them if we have contact with it.

    And poor hound gets covered in the itchies. I've tried all sorts of stuff with varying success. Got given an anti inflamatory anti septic called Panalog by the vet but it's all gone now. A friend uses a mix of methylated spirits and almond oil on his SBT and swears by that.

    I've also tried aloe vera, savlon, moisturieser, vitamin e sunburn cream etc. None of it has been all that successful. The most successful thing has been a two week course of anti histamines - so she might be going back onto half a zirtec (cos that's a little bit cheaper than vet supplied stuff). And keeping her off the grass. Which is easier said than done since my back yard is covered in it. And I'm not sure it matters what kind of grass either. Though I'm thinking certain types of couch might be better than Kikuyu.

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    Thanks Hyacinth; I wondered about the grass because we're temporarily living in a place with none at the moment and his skin is the best it's been in years and then he did spend ALL weekend with his belly on the grass so that makes sense. I'll get him some anti histamines and go from there then. I know what you mean about trying all the creams - I've tried so many and some work for a little while but then he gets all clammy from them. Might try that spirits/almond oil mix and see how I go with that & trying to keep him on a blanket! cheers

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    You can give dogs Benadryl from the chemist..Just dose per weight as you would kids. Great antihystamine. And they do not get sleepy.........
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    Or Phenergan syrup or 10 mg tablets

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    Oh and other more homey recipe -
    calendula tea (from health food shop) brew as normal tea, allow to cool and then sponge on dog or use a misting bottle. Must try this one some more.

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    And another home recipe...

    Get some oats, put in a handkerchief or similar, and tie the oats in with a rubberband so you have a ball of oats in a hanky.

    Put the whole lot in a small bowl of water and allow to soak.

    Pad oat bag over affected area - with a view to wiping off the grass residue that causes the problems.

    My poor hound has now had a steroid shot, and is on antibiotics and neotopic cream for her itches as they were getting scary looking and she was starting to get into the chew habit especially first thing in the morning - obviously when the zirtec wears off. And a more heavy duty antihistamine in a couple of days. It says not to operate machinery if it makes you drowsy. I'm figuring - we'll start those after the agiltiy competition weekend coming up. Frosty doesn't like machinery anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChoppaChop View Post
    Or Phenergan syrup or 10 mg tablets
    Phenergan makes them very sleepy..benadryl does not. Phenergan is really good if you get a really bad allergic reaction in your dog (or person)
    Pets are forever

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    Have you guys tried Tamanu oil? I've never tried it on pets, but it is supposed to be safe for them. I works on bites, inflamation, cuts etc - it is even supposed to reduce wrinkles and age spots, but I doubt your dogs will be worried about that!

    Do be warned, it smells quiet strong - kinda like coffee, but it does work - I use it on myself a lot for bites and occasionally for acne and dry skin.

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    Have tried the calendula tea on my older dog who gets bad skin issues, can vouch for it. I made a whole bath full though lol.

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