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  1. Hotspots - Again!

    Thanks guys - I'm nervous to use listerine as it stings (a lot). I've used it as a home remedy for myself and I can testify that it is bloody painful. I will give the betadine a go hopefully it's healing up in the next couple of days.
  2. Hotspots - Again!

    So our SBT boy is prone to hotspots. Actually it's been a couple of years since he's had a bad one but we had him on different biscuits recently and Lo and behold he's got a cracker on his cheek. Usually I put Ilium Neocort on at the first sign and the spot clears up quickly. This time round I've been using it for a week and a half and it's not clearing up. Initially it scanned over and became pus filled underneath. I scrubbed the scab off, bathed it with salt water twice a day, dried it and kept putting the Neocort on. The infection cleared up in a day but no such luck with the hotspot. I'm now bathing it with betadine every two hours, drying it completely and putting the neocort on. I've tried an anti fungal on it but that made it worse. At the moment it's not getting worse but not better either. I know he has scratched it once but he doesn't seem to be scratching it now (possibly because I've been smashing it with the Neocort). Any ideas??
  3. Staffords Temperament

    We have an entire English SBT male and he is beautiful. He socialises with other dogs reasonably well although he has had a few scraps with my parents entire male Bull Arab. He also had a few scraps with our SBT girl when she was alive, but that was her who started it. He would always pull away repeatedly and we could call him off. He plays well with most dogs he's introduced to. Our girl became aggressive after she had pups and our boy got too close to the whelping box. After that, there was a period of about 6 months where the smallest thing would set them off. She stopped when they fought under my feet and I copped a canine in the foot. Both of them were so guilty and we never had another problem. I think there's a couple of points here - plenty of SBTs live happily in multi dog households without an issue, but they do tend to be more aggressive then some other breeds. Any little/big dog relationship has its risks as a small dog can get hurt by accident. If your Cairn is not aggressive at all, and you introduce the SBT as a puppy (especially a male) I don't think you'd have any issues but all the same I'd take the precaution of not leaving them alone unattended to begin with (until the SBT is 12 months or so), feeding them separately etc
  4. Spring Is Here

    Oh yeah - every post that talks about skin issues I repeat how my boy's skin went from being shocking to perfect on sardines. It makes up most of his diet now (mixed with biscuits, eggs and chicken necks). Also try not to bath him too much. If it's contact allergies, that might not help, but my vet told me the natural oils in their skin/hair will heal or prevent most skin allergies.
  5. Neighbours Dog Barking

    Hi all As an update I had a quick chat to them and they were aware that the barking is an issue, although they admitted they didn't hear it as much as we did, simply because of where their windows are positioned. I explained that I understood she's still a puppy, but the barking all night was getting a bit much. Since then - no barking! The girl admitted she had been a bit slack walking their dog, as she'd come down with the flu, and that if she wasn't worn out, she tended to bark all night. I'm hoping they will be concious of this and make an effort to walk her every day. And yes - BB did tell them to Baaa at her (which apparently makes her bark even more )
  6. We had a similar issue with our dog, although it wasn't related to worming/fleaing. He was fine, no skin allergies or anything, when we first got him. At about 12 months old, he suddenly developed terrible allergies - we couldn't find any 'trigger' as such. His diet hadn't changed, we hadn't moved house or used a different shampoo. All of a sudden he had continual 'hot-spots' (infections from him itching himself crazy) and general skin irritation. We spent a lot of money on medication, creams and medicated shampoos but nothing helped. Eventually, our vet suggested stop bathing him, so we did. Thankfully Ted isn't a 'dirty' dog, and spends a lot of him inside. We only bath him every 3-4 months, and hose him down with water only if he gets muddy/dusty. We also feed him tinned sardines 4-5 times a week with his biscuits, as well as eggs and chicken necks. His diet is pretty bland (he also has food allergies), but he now has the softest coat, and he hasn't had a single skin allergy since. I did notice when Woolies had a sardine shortage, that his belly was quite red, but I wouldn't call it 'irritated' and as soon as we got him back on the sardines, it cleared up immediately. I would try an elimintation diet first. Also, has anything in Archie's life changed that may be causing him distress? A new neighbour or dog that may be setting him off?
  7. Neighbours Dog Barking

    That's not a bad idea - I probably could approach it in a "how are you finding BB? We are thinking of getting training for Tully (our fence barker)" then work it into the conversation. Things are a bit tense since they reported us to the council so it might break that awkwardness as well by making it seem like we are taking their concerns seriously.
  8. Introducing New Puppy To Your Older Dog.

    When we got Tully Ted was 2 1/2. Tully was 6 mths so I was too worried about her being bowled over but did think Ted might play too rough - especially as he had grown up with a ridgeback and wolf hound. He was fine - he instinctively knew he had to be gentle with her. I sat outside with them for a couple of hours and my OH was on annual leave so they spent 2 weeks together day and night supervised. I made sure Ted had some time away - usually cuddling with on the couch. If you are worried about Wilbur's reaction put him on a lead to start with and stand by a door or gate so you can easily separate them if need be. Unfortunately sometimes puppies don't understand the big dog wants space so you need to be able to keep the pup away if need be.
  9. Neighbours Dog Barking

    I don't want to go to the council - hopefully an anonymous letter will be enough. I feel horrible for the dog - poor thing's throat must be so raw! I am wondering whether Bark Busters suggested the dog sleep outside as part of its 'training' as the barking only started after BB attended the first time.
  10. Neighbours Dog Barking

    Thanks guys. Jemmy the same neighbours complained to the Council about our dogs barking at people walking past, which is partly why the relationship is strained. I actually hadn't thought about a note in the letter box. I'm going to do that tomorrow.
  11. Hi all This topic may be in the wrong place but I need some advice on whether to approach our neighbours about their barking dog. They've got a German Shepard - maybe 8 mths old. When they got him he would bark at our dogs through the fence so they weed matted their fence. That stopped him barking at our dogs but for the last week he has barked ALL night. And I mean all night non-stop. The first night I went out and had a look - our dogs were fine but I thought there might be a snake or something. Nope. He was just standing at their gate barking at nothing. They were home (in bed I assume). Since they he's barked every night. They had bark busters there last week (before the barking started) and again today, so they must be trying to fix the problem. The thing is our relationship isn't great and I don't want to make it worse by asking them if they are aware their dog is barking all night. But I also don't know how many more nights I can go on being woken up every hour by their dog barking! Any suggestions??
  12. Info Needed - Blue Stafford Health

    I think Sandra's post covered pretty much everything. Our SBT boy has skin and food allergies - for the first 12 months he would get rashes and hotspots almost continually. I spent a fortune on creams and washes for him but nothing worked. Then our vet told us to stop bathing him. Now he is bathed every 3-4 months and we have not had a single skin problem since! If he gets dirty I fill his pool up and that gets most the muck off him. In relation to good allergies make sure you feed your girl good quality biscuits if you aren't going for a completely raw diet. Tin sardines are also really good for their coat and skin. Our dogs get no scraps or ''human food'' unless it's just meat (no marinades) pasta or rice. After the third time our boy was in the vet overnight with a food allergy we decided it was better to be safe then sorry.
  13. Toys For Extreme Chewers

    She fetches her Kong (what's left of it) and a tennis ball but nothing bigger. She'll only chase it 5-6 times before getting sick of it and laying down to chew. Her favourite outside toys are palm fronds and coconuts but obviously these are no good for inside!
  14. Toys For Extreme Chewers

    Bugger I threw out my ball after the Am Staff chewed it through to the red, I should remember to remember which ones have guarentees. She also ate two Hurley's! Lol our Hurley got eaten by the ride on mower and is still going strong! One took her two visits and a couple of weeks to destroy, the second one lasted two hours. She has Go-cart Tyres for toys at home. I was thinking of turning to some sort of tyres as a final option!!
  15. Toys For Extreme Chewers

    I'm going to give the Goughnuts a go. My girl isn't fussy when it comes to chewing - as long as she can get a grip on it and chew she's happy. I've never seen a dog so determined to destroy something - it can keep her occupied all night if we don't distract her!!
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