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    Might be from the Dublin reds or other strain?

    not sure about dry skin, I think oils are important and would not feed tuna in brine, oily fish like sardines or mackerel in mackerel oil I would use instead.

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    I think you're probably using the wrong kind of brush on her. A slicker would be painful on such a short coat dog.

    Have you tried any of the brushes with rubber "fingers". I use a rubber curry comb on my dog. She loves it. I'd also consider a soft bristle brush but they're not much good for getting loose hair out. Not like the rubber brushes. And they feel similar to fingers - so dogs (and horses) tend to accept them better than hard plastic or metal bristles.

    I think you're washing her too often. The more often you wash a dog, the more you aggravate skin conditions.

    I only wash my dog when she rolls in something very stinky. She does get hosed off with fresh water after the beach but I avoid shampoos. The one I do use is Johnsons baby shampoo 2 in 1 ie includes conditioner.

    you could try making your own oatmeal wash/rinse, get a cup or so of oats, tie it in a handkerchief and let it soak in a bowl of warm water until that goes milky and then pat that over your dog. Calendula (marigold petals) tea is supposd to be good to, ie sponge that over the dog - especially the tummy area.

    Sometimes the itches are diet related. But for my dog and some of my friends dogs, it was related to grass and garden stuff. My dog likes to drag her belly along the ground and the only thing that has stopped the rash (apart from winter), is putting a tarp with a large beach towel on top of it out on the lawn where she likes to sit or sunbake or snooze and encouraging her to lie on that. As long as I put it in the right place, she prefers it now to anywhere else for just snoozing. And the rash has gone.

    Large/Giant breed - is for great danes and newfoundlands etc. I don't think a dog that gets to the size of Amstaff or even a boxer, is quite large as described by the dog food companies.

    I aslo used dermaveen ointment in a little tub on any dry or itchy bits on my dog as they occur, it looks and feels vaguely like vasalene but is made of oat meal and much easer to wash off your fingers and doesn't sting like savlon can.

    I sometimes feed sardines in olive oil. I think feeding your dog fish in brine would be bad and aggravate any dehydration problems. Sardines are more sustainable to harvest than tuna too, they grow much faster.

    You could look at adding omega 3 supplements or fish oil. If you do this make sure you also add vitamin E supplements as fish oil will deplete the vitamin E and cause skin and coat problems among other bad things.

    Holistic (eagle pack) is usually a good dog food. You may want to check for things that dogs are often allergic to, like corn meal, wheat products etc. And if it is chicken based, maybe try something that is beef based or fish based ie try a different protein. Do each change for about 2 to 3 weeks - you may want to consult a vet or nutritionist about doing an "elimination" diet where you look at everything your dog gets to eat and eliminate one ingredient at a time, or maybe all of them and gradually add stuff back to see how it goes.
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 06-11-2012 at 08:31 PM.

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    Hey everyone thanks for that!! This is my first time with a staffy! I always had labs prior...

    I have taken to the vet who says no fleas, im using at oatmeal based shampoo... I only added the conditioner because of the scratching and flaky skin to try ease if for her. I wash every 2 weeks justr cause during the day she is outside and then evenings and overnight is inside... I think you might be onto something about the grass etc she loves to sit in the vegi garden on top of the compost and on the grass. She got conjunctivitis from it for a week.

    I had her on Natures own and moved to holistic it hasnt changed.... but I do feed her tuna in brine or springwater... should I maybe try the tuna in oil instead? Im also wondering if the ducted heating might also be drying out her skin?!

    Irish staffy are a mix between the 2 they are slightly taller than the English but not as stocky so they have the leanness of the american...

    Ill post some photos to this link if I can figure it out But in the mean time you can look at photos of her with her brothers/sisters and mum and dad without signing up to FB

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...3&l=d965796488

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    This is one from the other night

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    Quote Originally Posted by amylee View Post
    Hey everyone thanks for that!! This is my first time with a staffy! I always had labs prior...

    I have taken to the vet who says no fleas, im using at oatmeal based shampoo... I only added the conditioner because of the scratching and flaky skin to try ease if for her. I wash every 2 weeks justr cause during the day she is outside and then evenings and overnight is inside... I think you might be onto something about the grass etc she loves to sit in the vegi garden on top of the compost and on the grass. She got conjunctivitis from it for a week.

    I had her on Natures own and moved to holistic it hasnt changed.... but I do feed her tuna in brine or springwater... should I maybe try the tuna in oil instead? Im also wondering if the ducted heating might also be drying out her skin?!

    Irish staffy are a mix between the 2 they are slightly taller than the English but not as stocky so they have the leanness of the american...

    Ill post some photos to this link if I can figure it out But in the mean time you can look at photos of her with her brothers/sisters and mum and dad without signing up to FB

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...3&l=d965796488

    Oh she is just beautiful, so are the rest of her fam...mum dad and litter mates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amylee View Post
    I love the last one, its as if Nala is saying "and you want me to go to the park dressed in this??!! Pig's bum, mum!!!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oskar's mum View Post
    I love the last one, its as if Nala is saying "and you want me to go to the park dressed in this??!! Pig's bum, mum!!!"
    Hahaha when she gets the jumper on she knows she is going outside for the evening as I wont be home... so she knows whats coming... Its her guilt trip face for me... It breaks my heart and Im home within a few hrs I just cant leave her in the night cold!! She hasnt spent a night outside yet....

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    Quote Originally Posted by amylee View Post
    Hahaha when she gets the jumper on she knows she is going outside for the evening as I wont be home... so she knows whats coming... Its her guilt trip face for me... It breaks my heart and Im home within a few hrs I just cant leave her in the night cold!! She hasnt spent a night outside yet....
    LOL, neither has my sooky brute...he gets locked inside if we go out.

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    I'm with Hya - you need o ease up on her skin. I know you're trying to help, but all that washing and brushing and playing with diet will be playing havoc with her natural oils. No washing. No slicker - much to harsh! They really are not designed to have their bristles/spines come into contact with skin very much, they are for long coats. To test brushes for a dog with such a fine coat as a staff x, rub it along the inside of your forearm. If it is uncomfortable for you, it will be for teh dog. Bristle brushes only - natural bristle brushes designed for people are best - nylon is yuck, most cheaper dog brushes are nylon.

    Wipe her down with a damp rubber glove to remove loose hair, and polish off with a sheepskin mit (get from a horse shop) to add lanolin and stimulate natural skin oil production.

    No fish in brine. Fish in oil only. Salt is drying, and processed foods already contain salt. Adding more will further reduce her hydration and contribute to skin dryness.

    And not trying to be rude, but a cross of two breeds gives you a crossbreed, not a new breed. The name "Irish" is added to these crossbreds to give them dollar value.

    She is very cute though.

    Make sure you have correct identifying paperwork for her to avoid entanglements with any laws restricting breeds, especially if you live in Victoria.

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