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Allergies to Allergens - 7 Triggers explained!

August 18, 2018 Heather Murphy

Allergies, allergens, allergic reactions and intolerances – the what, the why and the where Itchy rashes in dogs can be so frustrating.  Trying to pinpoint the exact allergen that is causing the rashes is no mean feat!        I’m often advising people about the foods and the difference in the brands, which are ‘clean’ foods and which are not. I frequently have people asking me what type of food I’d recommend for an itchy dog. Most recently, a customer came to me as he could just not work out why his itchy dog was itchy all over with no...


11 reasons why your dog could be itchy

April 20, 2018 Heather Murphy

Sometimes we just can’t seem to pinpoint the actual reason  we have an itchy dog! They might be red, rashy, itchy or balding or some dogs can just be itchy all over without displaying any further symptoms. The constant itching can drive you and your pets nuts, it’s stressful not being able to help your itchy pet. Having an itchy dog is no fun! We often think of the common allergens that can affect our dogs – things like grasses, grass seeds, wandering dew and foods. But really the list is extensive and again the problem can be exasperated when...


Hot Spots Or Cool Spots

February 23, 2017 Heather Murphy

Hot Spots Or Cool Spots Dogs love cool spots like these guys from Soi Dogs - but they definitely don't like hot spots! Don’t be fooled into thinking that hot spots only happen in the hot summer months. These intensely itchy patches can appear on your dog at any time of the year - winter or summer! The medical name is  Pyoderma but they are commonly referred to as Hot Spots or Heat Rashes - regardless of the name, they will cause you to have an irritated and itchy dog! These troublesome sores can appear in a matter of hours and...


The Top Three Reasons Your Dog Goes To The Vet?

November 07, 2016 Heather Murphy

Do you know what the top three reasons for a vet visit are? If your dog suffers from them you’ll probably already know!   According to VPI (Veterinary Pet Insurance) data from 2012 the top 3 reasons for canines needing a visit to the vet are:  Atopic or Allergic Dermatitis Otitis Externa (ear inflammations) Pyoderma (hot spots)   2012 was the first time that allergies have topped the list. Allergic reactions, or an intolerance to a particular allergen can present in many different forms: Undercarriage rashes Underarm rashes Welts Pustules, pimples, itchy spots Rashes between the toes Hot spots Ear infections Itchy dogs...


Hot spots not Wifi

November 12, 2015 Heather Murphy

Hot spots not Wifi Hot spots, heat rashes, pyoderma, pyotraumatic dermatitis - regardless of the name the little bald patches are painful, intensely itchy and drive both you and your pets nuts!  So what are they? Hot spots are surface skin infections caused when populations of normal skin bacteria grow and overwhelm normal resistance. The infection is often deep in the skin. Once the skin is weakend other bacterias like staph take hold and take advantage of the damaged, weakend inflammed area creating even more problems. Any system that is weakened is often attacked further creating even bigger problems. What...