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Joined: 01 Jul 2006
Posts: 158
Location: Skåne, Sweden
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 09 6:29 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Our Weimie developed patches of itchiness that he licked and bit raw earlier this year, the vet eventually diagnosed dietary problems after tests for flea allergy, mange etc. and asked to remove those chews that clean teeth from his diet etc. raw hid was still ok but not the dentastick things.

Till it cleared up he told us to use a salve with tea tree oil in, said it was as good as anything he could prescribe and would be cheaper, took about six weeks for the patches to clear up

Camile



Joined: 26 Apr 2006
Posts: 376
Location: Co. Galway - Ireland
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 09 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hello,

Our dog was the same and it turned out to be mites under the skin that had been triggered by a steroid injection from the vet a few weeks previous ..

The treatment was to shear the dog and apply some "stronghold" and it did the job in no time.

Worth a try ..

Camile

Essex Gal



Joined: 06 Aug 2009
Posts: 25

PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 09 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We had a similar problem with our Lab and the vet was treating her for wet eczema without success. Later I saw a fox leaving one of the unoccupied pig arks and as the dog had been sniffing around in there I realised it was probably fox mite (mange). Back to the vets and after the application of a few drops of 'Stronghold' all was well and the vet was a bit red faced.

Nanny



Joined: 17 Feb 2005
Posts: 4520
Location: carms in wales
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 09 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tea tree oil seems to be good for most things

if there is no reason found and sometimes they do get into a loop of licking and chewing themselves there is a spray with bitter alum in it and i have found that very effacatious (is that how you spell it? lovely word however it is spelled)

Hairyloon



Joined: 20 Nov 2008
Posts: 15285
Location: Today I are mostly being in Yorkshire.
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 09 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks for all the suggestions. We'll try some out and let you know.

T.G



Joined: 13 Sep 2009
Posts: 7280
Location: Somewhere you're not
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 09 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

benzyl benzoate is great at curing random itches, mite problems, skin irritation, its fabulous stuff for sweetitch in horses, our great dane is irritated by straw he has a red inflammed reaction if he lies on it, and of course if i am not watching him like a hawk he goes and lies in the stable straw beds we wipe him over on the affected area with a dilute solution depending and it reduces the itch pretty immediately and clears the area in a couple of days a marked improvement in a few hours.

Hairyloon



Joined: 20 Nov 2008
Posts: 15285
Location: Today I are mostly being in Yorkshire.
PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 10 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

And he is at it again.

Katieowl



Joined: 01 Jun 2006
Posts: 4317
Location: West Wales
PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 10 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You can buy something called Hot Spot Spray ... we've used it before (I think it had something like lidocane in to stop itching) it came from the pet shop not the vet IIRC.

There are a number of DIY Hot Spot solutions on the internet too...I was just having a look. Don't know how effective they would be without a mild anaesthetic (got any class A's knocking about LOL!)

Kate

Gervase



Joined: 17 Nov 2004
Posts: 8655

PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 10 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We've used an aloe vera and oatmeal shampoo on the mutts when they've had itching - sometimes as an aftermath of sarcoptic mange, and sometimes as a reaction to freshly cut grass - and it does seem to soothe them. Mind you, shampooing a terrier in a sink is not a task for the faint-heart. They seem to grow extra legs...

alice



Joined: 18 Feb 2006
Posts: 2820

PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 10 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Gervase wrote:
Mind you, shampooing a terrier in a sink is not a task for the faint-heart. They seem to grow extra legs...


Neither is shampooing one in the shower

Green Man



Joined: 23 Jul 2006
Posts: 5272
Location: Rural Scotland.
PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 10 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

judith wrote:
As you say, it could be residual itchiness. My pooch carried on chomping for a few days after Frontline treatment.


My dog went crazy with itch just an hour after Frontline treatment. I shampooed him and it seemed to calm down. I kind of forgot and the next time I Frontlined him it was worse in less than an hour after treatment and it left him with raised itchy blisters for a few weeks. Conclusion :- I won't be using frontline again

Di Howes



Joined: 20 May 2006
Posts: 140
Location: Near Yeovil, Somerset
PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 10 10:06 am    Post subject: Itchy Dog Reply with quote    

My neighbours dog had similar problems. Springer Spaniel came up in large blisters and after lots of treatment from the vet eventually died. Neighbour always blamed it on Frontline treatment. The vet said dogs immune system had broken down.

12Bore



Joined: 15 Jun 2008
Posts: 9088
Location: Paddling in the Mersey
PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 10 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I used tea tree cream on our beagle when he had a persitent itch (no inflammation or nasty stuff), it worked within 24 hours, cheap too, about £3 a jar.
ETA There are tea tree shampoos too.

darkbrowneggs



Joined: 14 Jul 2010
Posts: 663
Location: Worcestershire
PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 10 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have quite a few foxes coming through my grounds, and the mange mites get left on grasses to be picked up by my Dane.

I use Thornit http://www.thornitearpowder.com/ which is mainly for mites in the ears, but of course the mites can get anywhere. I get a pinch or two and rub it into the affected area and one bottle lasts for ages. Usually needs repeating after a few days when the new batch hatches out. Also good for between paw pads and round nail beds.

Nice old traditional remedy which works well and the dog seems to know it helps and lies still now when I want to put it on, and even rolls over so I can get to the tricky bits.

I also give her a sardine in oil a day on her food (cheap tins from Lidl - my favourite store ) it helps the condition of the coat

all the best
Sue

Tavascarow



Joined: 06 Aug 2006
Posts: 8407
Location: South Cornwall
PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 10 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

darkbrowneggs wrote:
I have quite a few foxes coming through my grounds, and the mange mites get left on grasses to be picked up by my Dane.

I use Thornit http://www.thornitearpowder.com/ which is mainly for mites in the ears, but of course the mites can get anywhere. I get a pinch or two and rub it into the affected area and one bottle lasts for ages. Usually needs repeating after a few days when the new batch hatches out. Also good for between paw pads and round nail beds.

Nice old traditional remedy which works well and the dog seems to know it helps and lies still now when I want to put it on, and even rolls over so I can get to the tricky bits.



all the best
Sue

Couldn't agree more.
For broken skin I mix a little in some acriflex or similar before applying.

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