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Hello, Do any of your setters have a problem with itchy feet after a walk in the woods or long grass?
My Molly used to lick/bite her feet and now I notice Henry has started to lick his feet after our walks. Someone once told me there were mites in the grass that irritate them, I don't know how true that is, or is it something to do with the time of the year, as the new plants are starting to grow?
If you do have this problem and know anything I can do to stop the itching, I would be most greatful to hear of it.
My dogs do this sometimes too...I think at this time of the year it might be young stinging nettles that affect them most....best to wash their feet with water if they have been in an area with lots of them....
If it happens again in the Summer months then it might be harvest mites, then I would rince their paws with water again.....
Hope this helps you....I don't think you should worry too much about it......
May I ask what piriton pills are for those of us in different country? is it a pain type medication or like our benadryl here in USA?
I had one who was allergic to outside it seemed every July here...would suffer thru til first hard frost each year . I washed feet and did a weekly moisturize shampoo bath ...using Aveeno as a diluted rinse to help subside the itchies. Always felt so bad watching him but we could almost set a clock by him as to when it would start...in later years he just decided to be a couch potato about that time of year and only made short visits outside until the frost hit....like he figured out way to help himself.
I know this is an old discussion but wanted to add something in case anyone is still following it. My English Setter, Saxon, was 9 years old in February and has had alot of allergy type problems including itchy feet, waxy ears, itchy bottom etc. We did have the blood tests to find out what he is allergic too and unfortunately it includes several types of grass, many trees, dust mites, storage mites in dried dog food. They made 2 different vaccines that we obtained from Holland and he has been having these since last October. The vet gradually increases the dose for the first few weeks until as now; he is on a monthly dose. He will continue to have the vaccines for a year. He also has a pirition every day. He is certainly not cured and still bites his feet, but not as much as before. He also rubs his bottom but I have a spray for this, which is mildly steroid, but eases the itching for him. I must say his ears have been alot better! I do wash him feet after every walk to try and avoid anything he might has picked up. I am not sure that he will be better at the end but it was worth a try. The total cost is about £500 but his insurance have paid out.
Just to comment on this discussion my setter Guess got a bad irritation this week, I am certain the cause is the small leaf perennial nettle growing along the river. I gave him half a pirithion which allieviated the symptoms as it was administered within 5 minutes of the incident and the severe irritation becoming aparant. We also observed him and made sure he had sufficient water as these type of drugs cause dehydration and preferably administered under veterinary supervision or advice.
At this time of year small leaf nettles in particular that grow in small clumps in uncultivated land and low to the ground are best avoided as they can be quite agrivating to both humans and dogs.
Hope this is of help.
My vet has confirmed that at 35kgs, it is safe to give Saxon 1 antihistamine every day. He could have 1.5, but they are so small we decided to just give him one tablet.
Thank you all for your comments. This is a great help to me and I am sure to many other IS lovers.