286 days ago

Dog Allergies-Please advise

Maxine from Hospital Hill

Here's hoping someone can shed some light and a word of advice. Our poor dog has been plagued by skin problems and has been on antibiotics and steroids for these since last November. We've tried to narrow down the causes by keeping a food diary for him (no more of his fav treat, cheese), only feeding him raw goat or venison mince. Still, the allergies persist.

Along with the vet, we concluded that it must be due to contact allergens like toxic weeds such as Wandering Willy and all its variants. Back on meds and we kept him away from Pokowhai and any grassy areas. However, the itchiness returned as soon as his meds ran out.In fact, they seemed to come back worse than the previous bout. We took him to Te Mata Peak last weekend, which coincided with his meds finishing, and lo and behold, another bad outbreak. Now we're not even sure if it was the forest walk or the end of the meds. Needless to say, we're at our wits ends. He's been on Apoquel, then Prednil and now on Cephalexin. The vet has suggested we give him a monthly injection (similar to Apoquel, with fewer side effects). This would be a monthly, permanent arrangement. Our dog will be 2yrs in May. I worry that all these meds will eventually shorten his life due to the strain on his immune system. He's part Staffie and we're told that they're prone to skin problems. I'm just curious if anyone else has experienced this problem. Is there an end in sight? Any advice, please.

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19 hours ago

Poll: What is New Zealand's favourite cake?

Paul Reporter from Stuff

Hi neighbours,

We want to crown New Zealand's favourite cake.

We asked some experts which cake they reckon Kiwis love the most - read their thoughts here.

So which is your favourite cake?

What is New Zealand's favourite cake?
  • 21.2% Banana
    21.2% Complete
  • 35.4% Carrot
    35.4% Complete
  • 6.1% Lemon
    6.1% Complete
  • 1% Orange
    1% Complete
  • 11% Chocolate
    11% Complete
  • 9.9% Chocolate Mudcake
    9.9% Complete
  • 2.9% Red Velvet
    2.9% Complete
  • 0.3% Marble
    0.3% Complete
  • 2.4% Sponge
    2.4% Complete
  • 4.2% Fruitcake
    4.2% Complete
  • 4.2% Black Forest
    4.2% Complete
  • 1.5% Madeira
    1.5% Complete
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6 days ago

Poll: National day of action against plastic packaging

Paul Reporter from Stuff

Hi neighbours,

Are you disgusted by the amount of unnecessary plastic packaging for products sold in supermarkets?

We've gotten rid of plastic bags from our supermarkets, but many shoppers reckon that should only be the beginning.

A national day of plastic protest has been organised, encouraging shoppers to unwrap and leave unnecessary plastic packaging behind at supermarkets.

To read more, click here.

Will you be taking part in the national day of action against plastic packaging?

National day of action against plastic packaging
  • 85.3% Yes, there's too much plastic packaging
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  • 14.7% No, I don't think it is an issue
    14.7% Complete
3797 votes