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Joined: 27 May 2006, 16:05
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It's that time of year again and my dog is scratching and me too. I;m covered with the b....y things and am going crazy so I feel so sorry for Suky.
I'm sure this has been covered before but what's the best thing to do for her please.

12 Oct 2011, 20:20
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We've got them too. Cortizone lotion helps for the dogs and there is a spray you can get from the pharmacy for we 2 leggeds. You can also get a powder that you can put into a plastic bag with all your affected clothes, sheets etc. Nasty little beggars they are. Scratch, scratch.

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12 Oct 2011, 20:34

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Hi gypsy

You and Suky have my sincere sympathy - the mites are a rotten nuisance. :(

Take a recap of an earlier thread of yours - ... ites+bites

For Suky, it's possible that Tea Tree oil might work. A friend very recently told me how good it is with soothing her dog's reaction to the annual pest!

Good luck.

Kindest regards

12 Oct 2011, 20:37

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Try small amount of raw garlic in her food and also a sprinkling of brewers yeast - maybe Marmite on toast for you - biting insects tend not to like the taste!

If either of you get a nasty reaction to the bites, anti-histamine tabs for you and her. We keep piriton in stock.


12 Oct 2011, 20:40
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pulvex wash for the dogs will help, as will steroids. On cats and if you see small amounts of the mites (orange) vaseline will help.

frontline spraywill also help

The cold weather will help best by making the blighters go away

13 Oct 2011, 08:01

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Thanks for the link to my previous post. I had quite forgotten :( the really helpful info. Can't remember what I had for breakfast so is it any wonder :oops: I knew anti histamine would help so have made an appointment for myself today but will see what the pharmacist has for Suky.
As you say now the weather has cooled maybe the blighters will go away.
Didn't remember about putting the powder in a bag with the clothing. That's a good tip.

13 Oct 2011, 08:18

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Thornit canker powder can come in handy for ears and between toes (for dogs and cats) - plenty about it on the internet.


13 Oct 2011, 08:36
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have you thought of calling your vet instead of using the pharmacist?

13 Oct 2011, 15:36
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Steroids should only be given in extreme circumstances. Garlic definetly helps as does marmite, and Advocate is great for keeping them at bay.

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14 Oct 2011, 12:48
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Couldn't believe my eyes this morning found a tick on Suky. Thought the perishers had gone for a time so that's her problem as well as the mites probably. She had had Advantix and also frontline spray and is better today but will have to keep an eye on her. Changed all the bedding but if she does continue to scratch a lot I'll certainly take her to the vets.

14 Oct 2011, 12:54
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