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    Has anyone got any tips for me... My Irish Staffy born Jan 29th (approx 4.5 months old) seems to be constantly shedding her hair im not talking about a little bit (well to me it doesnt seems to be..) I would say approx a handful a day (if not brushed MORE IF BRUSHED) i can sweep up every day off my tiles (she would be inside approx 3-6hrs in living areas). It is winter here so the ducted heating is on as well.. I try to brush her 2 times a week but she hates it! I bought slicker to try stimulate her but she crys... when I used it I notice how much dry/dead skin is brought to the top. (I cant use it she runs from me as soon as she see's it) I use at oatmeal based shampoo on her fortnightly and goes to dog groomer every 5/6 weeks. I have had to go back to a normal dog brush but doesnt seem to get the hair off her.. I usually just rub my hands up and down her body so I can loosen skin and hair (she likes this). I also use a moisturising foam conditioner on her every 2nd day to make sure her skin isnt dry... I have been feeding her Holistic Select Large/Giant Breed Puppy Lamb/Oat Dry Dog Food and also give her 90gr of tuna is brine or springwater a day. The vet says she looks fine and is happy and healthy but to me she seems to scratch/nibble her skin more than any other dog I have had. Can you suggest anything else? She has regular worming and flea treatment as well.

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    My dog Oskar was scratching a lot, and always coming out in rashes and scratching so much it was bleeding. We switched his food to Hills Science Diet for sensitive skin (it's for adults though) and giving him alternate baths with maleseb and a nice oatmeal wash. A couple of weeks later he improved and he has been in great shape for the last 4 months or so. You might want to seek another vet's opinion, and also just make sure she doesnt have any fleas at all, because apparently some dogs can be allergic to fleas. comfortis is great!

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    Duke has very sensitive skin, and a flea allergy too. He sheds like you wouldn't believe, too.
    Anyway, fish oil can be good for forming a protective layer on the skin. You can buy dog food with it included, or add it to their food separately. If you buy it from the vet, it's very expensive though, so maybe the chemist?

    I agree with malaseb and oatmeal wash too - I'd also be inclined to lay off the conditioner for a couple of weeks, and see if that helps? That might be affecting her.
    A second vet opinion couldn't hurt

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    I've never heard of an irish staffy before. Pictures? What are the differences between them and american and staffordshire's?
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    As D- Dog said, fish oil is great.
    You can get most supplements from the supermarket.
    Heres the thing - human grade food, supps etc are subject to labelling laws,
    anything for 'pets" I do not trust at all.
    I have an older rescue here who had awful skin and fur when he arrived.
    He is on -
    Raw food diet + sardines (not Tuna) No grains
    Fish oil
    Vit E
    Vit C
    Coconut oil massage (smells lovely)

    For his heart issues and arthritis:
    Glucosamine
    COQ10
    Traumeel
    some other Homeopathic stuff
    It has taken 3 months to get this old boy right, now he can run and jump
    and play. He was so run down - I'm not surprised he was on the PTS list.

    Personally, I would not be using any shampoos or conditioners at all.
    Does she really need to go to the groomers? (long coat?)
    Not criticising at all , you seem to care for her very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelpielover View Post
    I've never heard of an irish staffy before. Pictures? What are the differences between them and american and staffordshire's?
    Let me google that for you

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    I just googled it, apparently it is just a staffordshire Bull terrier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oskar's mum View Post
    I just googled it, apparently it is just a staffordshire Bull terrier.
    Not quite, similar relationship with the SBT to that of the APBT

    Irish breeders then attempted to create a taller and leaner type of dog that could be used primarily for dog fighting
    Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Information and Pictures, Irish Staffordshire Bull Terriers

    p.s i'd never heard of them either

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    Looked to me like a stafford cross amstaff! Lol

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    According to Wikipedia they are an old line of SBTs from before the modern show guidelines or something like that. So more like the original SBT. So maybe the difference is similar to working and showing lines of other breeds.

    Sorry, no advice on the skin problems, but the Irish staffy bit intrigued me too.

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