Juno was one of the first official office dogs here at CJS, my beautiful girl was plagued all her life with a dreadful skin condition, she had hay fever and a grass allergy which made her really miserable. To begin with the only treatment was steroid injections which lasted just over a month, she could only have a shot every eight to nine weeks, ideally it should have been longer but she would scratch herself raw leaving great raking claw marks and weals down her rapidly balding flanks. In later years we kept the worst of it in check with a regime of local honey in her food, multiple ointments and her daily compost smoothie of herbal remedy. At the end of every day outdoors she had a shower which she loved so much she'd lift a leg to say wash this bit and even learnt to open the shower door - woe betide anyone who didn't bolt the bathroom door, you'd find yourself sharing your shower with a very hairy black dog!
|Doubly Ninja Juno, must have been a bad day!|
Why am I telling you this?
To ask anyone with a Labrador or Golden Retriever itchy or not to take five minutes to complete the Itchy Dog Project questionnaire. The hope is that the answers might just put us on the route to finding out why dogs get such itchy skins and one day, maybe, just maybe no other dog will need to suffer like Juno did.
I should add that despite her itchy skin she lived a full, happy life reaching the grand age of 15. If you want to know more about her you can read her obit (she was that special) on Hebe's blog here. Mum says have a tissue handy!
Thank you for reading and in advance for filing in the survey. Current office dogs Dido and Hester have done theirs!
Read a little more about the project and sign up here.