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Post by Jaszie on Thu Nov 01 2018, 11:13

Hello everyone my name is Jasmyn and I am here to help my 4 year old blue English staffy. He has a terrible scratching problem atm has anyone else had this with their staffy? My dog is named Yoda and he is adorable I love him like a son
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Post by Jenc on Thu Nov 01 2018, 20:26

Hi from me & Katy Smile has this scratching started recently or been going on for a while?


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Post by Jaszie on Thu Nov 01 2018, 23:49

Hello Smile it has been ongoing for about 6 months Yoda started to sleep outside which he was good with expect the mosquitoes Sad he is back inside
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Post by Nifty staffy on Fri Nov 02 2018, 06:26

Hello and welcome from us.

If it is the mosquitoes, I fully sympathise as I’m allergic to their bites too
At dawn and dusk, there are also tiny midges which can cause big itches. If you keep him inside at these times, he should be able to enjoy the big outside.
And have you tried mosquito repulsive collar maybe ?


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Post by LizP on Fri Nov 02 2018, 08:08

Hi and welcome from me and mine Smile

Sorry to hear Yoda is having an itchy time. After 6 months or so of it, I'd be popping to the vet. It could be an allergy or another skin condition. It might be worth discussing a course of antihistamines to see if that helps.


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Post by gillybrent on Fri Nov 02 2018, 10:08

I've put an answer on your other post. Big Grin

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Post by Jaszie on Fri Nov 02 2018, 21:04

Hello yeah I have taken him to the vet like about a month ago he gave me cream and anti biotics for his sore which he lost hair From. Since then he has 2 other sores we bought a soft cone yesterday and he managed to pull it back and open the sore back up there was blood everywhere. Hours before it was healing so nice because he hadn’t touched it through the night. I will probably go to the vet again next week.
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Post by gillybrent on Fri Nov 02 2018, 21:57

Have you mentioned CDA to the vet?

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Post by Jaszie on Fri Nov 02 2018, 22:02

No I haven’t does it cause scratching though?
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Post by gillybrent on Sat Nov 03 2018, 08:07

Yes. Hair loss & sensitive, itchy skin.

It may not be CDA, but don't discount it, it's becoming more common with the popularity of breeding blue to blue.

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Post by -Ian- on Sun Nov 04 2018, 20:31

Hi & Welcome to the forum from Flo and me Big Grin

I agree, it’s probably worth ruling out CDA


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Post by Jaszie on Thu Nov 08 2018, 10:26

Hey everyone I think it is ear mites actually.. this morning he woke up with crusty ears with black wax in it. I gave them a clean and put some mineral oil in it to kill the mites. I am hoping he improves if not I will take him to the vet. I have changed him to raw food and he is thriving off kangaroo except he inhales it instead of eating so it’s gone within 2 seconds.. thankyou everyone for your advice and warm welcome
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Post by LizP on Thu Nov 08 2018, 11:55

That sounds like an ear yeast infection, which does need treating properly - I would be taking him back to the vet. Ear yeast infection can be a symptom of something else, such as allergies, so it is worth getting to the bottom of it.

In the meantime, I wouldn't put anything in his ears without your vet's advice.


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Post by gillybrent on Thu Nov 08 2018, 12:07

Definitely a trip to the vets. Mineral oil won't kill ear mites, and won't do anything for a yeast infection. If it's an infection then he'll probably need a course of anti biotics, plus a gel which is squeezed into the ear canal twice, with a week's interval between them.

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Post by Jaszie on Sat Nov 10 2018, 05:00

Okay sure I will book in to see the vet. I think it’s definitely worth getting pet insurance for Yoda Sad so much money this year to the vet only to have more problems
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Post by LizP on Sat Nov 10 2018, 08:15

Yes, it does sounds worth it. It might be worth looking to see if anyone will still cover pre-existing conditions. MoreThan used to have a policy that did but I don't know if they still do.


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Post by Jaszie on Sat Nov 10 2018, 10:33

Thanks Lizzy I’m in Australia and not familiar with that insurance company I will make sure my insurance will cover it
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Post by gillybrent on Sat Nov 10 2018, 10:37

LizP wrote:Yes, it does sounds worth it. It might be worth looking to see if anyone will still cover pre-existing conditions. MoreThan used to have a policy that did but I don't know if they still do.

Very important - when you make a claim, the insurer will ask your vet for your dog's medical history & if the condition you're claiming for gas happened before it will be judged 'pre existing' & they won't pay out! Also, most insurance companies have a period after taking the policy out when they won't accept any claims - usually 2 weeks, but I've heard of some stating 4 weeks!

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Post by Jaszie on Sat Nov 10 2018, 10:54

Yeah I think it is 4 weeks here in Australia.. not sure about pre existing problems it just says any illness including skin conditions I will double check though
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Post by gillybrent on Sat Nov 10 2018, 15:48

Certainly in the UK, all insurance companies refuse to pay out for pre existing conditions - anything that was wrong before the start date/exclusion period of the policy, whether it was treated by a vet or not.

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Post by Jaszie on Mon Nov 12 2018, 10:12

Hey I took him to the vet today and it is a yeast ear infection
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Post by LizP on Mon Nov 12 2018, 12:03

I hope you get on top of it quickly, it's usually very easy to treat.


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Post by gillybrent on Mon Nov 12 2018, 16:39

Let us know how the ear gets on!

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Post by Nifty staffy on Mon Nov 12 2018, 18:21

Get well soon Yoda !


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Post by Jaszie on Sat Nov 17 2018, 03:05

Thanks everyone he is doing much better
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