Hi. I have an American Staffy. He is about 5 years old, Every year at around this time, he starts itching and biting
his feet and legs
. Every year I take him to the vet and am told the same thing. He has skin allergies and 'worries' the affected area until it becomes scabby and becomes infected. Every year, they take a small skin sample into the lab and tell me the same thing.They prescribe a small blue steroidal tablet, a topical cream 'Elocon' and antibiotics. This treatment fixes him, but only for the season. I usually pay in excess of $400 for this treatment and at the moment, cannot afford this as I am currently out of work. I rang the vet and they told me that they are unable to arrange ongoing payments etc. Is there anything else I can do? Or can you tell me what tablets he would be on so that I can buy online?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What sort of animal are we talking about?
Customer: American Staffordshire dog
JA: OK. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: There are several areas between his toes and on the foreleg where he has bitten to scratch and underneath his belly around his nipples
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the dog?
Customer: Just that he gets this problem around spring every year, I don't know whether it is the various weeds that are prevalent in our lawn or whether it is started by fleas. He seems to be scraching all over at the moment. He was flea treated last year for several month but I realise that the fleas will reoccur very year around this time