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  1. Hot spots between toes

    Thanks Alpha Bet. What you have wrote is what I believe too. 99% certain the reaction is environmental vs food related. I agree that the raw diet is probably best, but haven't started down that route yet. Am feeding a better quality kibble, supplementing with fish oil, raw fish, canned fish, coconut oil, and apple cider vinegar. Have ceased all drugs except for the occasional anti-histamine when she is itching badly. Have been using a surgical hand wash for foot soaking every second day (Chlorhexidine), and using topical betadine between to treat any remaining inflamed areas. I like the idea of metho, for the reasons you've listed. Might be a bit harsh in the long term though? She's due for her annual vaccinations, but have opted to try and get the feet under control vs smashing the immune system with more work. Feel the same re worming and tick control.. hard to weigh up what is best for the short term vs the long term immune system.
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    The struggle is real.. poor little girl is still itching. We have moved her over to Black Hawk Fish and Potato now. Been on just that for around 2 weeks now with no other treats (other than some egg on her food, which is also in the food as well). Almost as soon as she finished her last round she was back to itching and back to the vets. Went to the one closest which I shouldn't have.. not happy with the service really. They prescribed apoquel for 2 weeks and to come back again; further more they didn't know anything about specialists/animal dermatologist. I've opted not to dose daily with apoquel based on a) the cost and b) the side effects I've read. Using betadine to treat any spots on her feet, which are looking alright-ish.. and washing in medicated shampoo every other day, 10min soaking. But it really is her whole body that itches. She has itch reactions when you give her a scratch and has been scratching frequently too. Need to get past this season to see if we can find relief and if it is environmental or diet related.
  3. Going after chickens

    Interesting topic. And I agree with both sides to some extent. I like to relate things back to the kids (toddlers specifically, as they don't have that higher thought process established yet), and in my experiences different things work for different ones in different situations. Every challenge is unique, and as such what works in one case may not for another. I might be old fashioned, but I believe in action and consequence; essentially what talking dog is saying about dogs and bees. With our youngest daughter, she has an awareness that the wooden spoon can be used for things other than cooking. It doesn't mean that I beat her with it.. but there is a cue which leads to a choice. If she offers behaviours I like I will reward her with treats, activities, games, stickers, etc. If the situation has arose that she is acting on impulse and making poor decisions I won't use positive rewards to encourage good choice, I may withhold and let her know she's missed out on occasion, or I more likely I will use the positive punishment cue (do I need the wooden spoon). Often she'll respond and change her actions, which then can be rewarded.. if not the follow through has to be consistent. On the other hand, there are times where she's clearly well over threshold, emotionally out of control, and all she needs is to be taking out from what she is doing and allowed to reset herself. As a parent you need to evaluate and work with what is in front of you. As a dog trainer it is the same. In comparison, her older brother never really cared for aversive measures. Everything he was just like 'meh' and would be back to doing what you'd asked him to stop doing 5 minutes later. With him it is much more about controlling the environment/options to encourage the right choice. You could offer him 2 scenarios and let him pick one and he'd be as happy as a pig in it. Little did he realise that he'd played right into your game. His sister see's straight through this and is hell bent on what she wants regardless of what options we have. Different kids, different strategies. Again, as a dog trainer it's the same.
  4. Hot spots between toes

    We have a cat with a sensitive stomach, and now a dog with sensitive skin. We must be sensitive owners.. I'm sure we'll get this under control. On the bright side even with all this going on the dog is in good spirits.
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    Outcome as expected, tape test positive for bacterial infection. The vet was having computer issues so they'll email the referral through to me. 21 day supply of cephalexine (500mg twice daily) Prednisolone 20mg daily (10mg morning and night) for 5 days and then tapering off. Continue foot washing every 2nd day with maleseb (leaving on for 10mins). Very strong suggestion by the vet to consider a trial diet for food allergies. They will be emailing through the info for that as well. Specialist is up early Feb, so given the time frames for use of medication I'll hold off this round and try to get her lined up for the next visit (approx. 3 months time). Will allow time to get the flare up under control, get off the medications, and implement a diet change possibly. I suspect it is an environmental allergy though.
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    Will be getting to the vet on Tuesday. Have been tied up with work at the moment. Keeping her in her cone of shame when she can't be supervised. Things have settled a bit again, but I'd say she'll still needs another round of antibiotics. I'm going to ask for a repeat script for those, and also see if we can try her on a round of oral steroids. I'm not sure if the cetirizine has been working as well as it could so tempted to also try her on another anti histamine after she finishes the steroids. I'll also be looking for a referral to an animal dermatologist. They come up here from Brisbane 4 times a year, so will need to then arrange with them when she can be tested, and make sure all drugs are stopped in the time frames required for allergy testing. Has anyone gone down this route? How did it work out for you? I'd rather invest coin towards a long term solution rather than continuing to go back to the vet for steroids/antibiotics every other week.
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    Someone has found herself wearing the cone of shame tonight!
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    It appears I spoke too soon. This morning they were looking a bit red, and throughout the day she's been feeling the need to lick and created a sore between 2 toes again already. Only thing that has changed to routine is that she finished the round of antibiotics. This is well frustrating
  9. This is the approach we have taken too. Our pup has shown a strong defence drive (of territory), where when in our yard she will alert to whatever she perceives to be a threat. It can be noises from the neighbours until she realises if she knows them or not, it can be the neighbours dogs, but more times than not she is keeping the yard safe from birds. It hasn't been trained into her, and outside of the yard on leash she'll walk past them with little fuss (this has been trained), so there is a certain amount of raw instinct at work. I've found going out to have a look sometimes she'll alert a second time at which I acknowledge. It's also a great opportunity to proof a recall in drive if you're confident that she'll return, so most times I call her back to the house and reward for the recall, and then head out again with her to see what it is. Then onto something else to keep her distracted and engaged.
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    We've just finished the round of anti biotics, and everything is looking pretty good. Still some dry, hairless, flaky skin in areas but overall much better. There hasn't been any further spreading of it, and if anything it does appear that the hair is slowly starting to fill back in. Main improvements have come in the last couple days. Not 100% where the improvement has come from though as we have moved her away from grains. She has been receiving a daily dose of cetirizine (zyrtec), 500mg cephalexine morning and night, plus neocort once to twice a day applied to skin. I'd also been holding off on her flea and tick treatment (nexgard), given some negative reviews of afoxolaner which could have also put strain on her immune if allergies are the issue. Some reading showed that it can also be used for effective treatment of mites/mange though and given we are in the peak of tick season, and that she hasn't had negative reactions to this drug in the past we went ahead and dosed. This has somewhat aligned with the improvement but also overlaps with the completion of the antibiotic course. Guess we'll continue to do what we've been doing and see how things progress.
  11. Our little mutt

    Around 12 months ago introduced this little unknown mutt into the family! I think she still has some more filling out to do over the next 6-12 months. We've had our trying moments, but she's maturing more and more by the day!
  12. What Tassie has said is great advice. I also agree that I would not be taking him out and exposing him to too much at this stage. Everyone is big on the socialisation! but what exactly is that?? I remember reading these articles and thinking to myself about how much sense they made. A lot of K9 pro's training methods ring true with how I have wanted to train my dog. http://k9protraining.com.au/2013/02/13/socialisation-what-is-it-exactly/ http://blog.k9pro.com.au/socialise-now-play-later/ Now you know what triggers your new dog it's important to maintain control and reward positive experiences. IMO I wouldn't be allowing off lead interactions at this stage unless in a controlled environment.
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    Quick one for those in the know? Is it more typical for an animal to be allergic to the actual plant itself, or the pollen released when seeding? Flare up seems to have hit with spring/summer and some of the grass had dry seed while others still green.
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    Still treating this. Things were appearing to be clearing up but then this morning looks like a few spots have flared up again. More reading on the subject and appears paspalum grass is also a common allergen. We have a bit of this down the back yard isolated to a corner behind the shed where the dog tends to do her business. The rest of the yard is buffalo. I have had a bit of a session cutting/pulling some of it out and will continue to do so. It's also in the park around the corner is a few areas.. What I have also noticed is that my dog is drawn to it and likes to eat it. Go figure?