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03-07-2014 09:12 AM
Traveler's Mom
Originally Posted by aqueous18 View Post
Do they get sand fleas in Florida? I know they can get pretty bad in the Carolinas...

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Yes! We have sand fleas and they are not limited to ocean front. We have no see um's-chiggers.

One of the posters mentioned fleas in the ocean. Actually they are called sea lice and will absolutely make you miserable.
03-06-2014 06:51 PM
aqueous18 Do they get sand fleas in Florida? I know they can get pretty bad in the Carolinas...

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03-04-2014 09:53 PM
sehrgutcsg Not to rock the boat here - but when you try two different things at one time - you do not know which item works - if you try the antihistamines for a week and you see some progress great but, if you try both you have no clue as to which item is helping.. I always would try something natural before medicating and I do not bath my dog that often. The oils in the skin or being dried from the ocean water and the bathing.
02-28-2014 09:23 PM
danieldust Hi Guys, I just bot some fish oil and I'm adding antihistamine to his food. I'm looking for a better food, but I can't find the one I had in Germany. Any Suggestions on what food I should use? Thanks for all of the help!
02-28-2014 08:53 PM
Nyx I had a friend who lived in Florida and she told me that the ocean water gets these "flea's" and they bite you when you swim. Some times people are told not to even enter the water because of them.

I agree with every one about slowing the bathing down, rinsing after ocean swims and better quality food.

Please let us know how your puppy does.
02-28-2014 05:38 PM
Harry and Lola What Moms said

And try and switch him to a better quality food, look for one with 'meal' as the first ingredient, eg chicken meal, lamb meal, beef meal etc.

I have had great success with coconut oil, it really does help them, look for an organic virgin coconut oil
02-28-2014 05:10 PM
TANDB I'd try salmon oil or coconut oil before antihistamines, and I agree with a better food.
02-28-2014 04:37 PM
danieldust Hello Guys, Thanks for the quick response. I rinse the salt off of him once we get home from the beach, It depends which shampoo I use, but I mainly use Isle Of Dog Shampoo. I've been feeding him pedigree since he was eight weeks old and haven't had any problems, but I'll search for one with more fat. The weird thing is that he got itchy right when we moved to Florida. Should I put Anti-Histamine in his food?
02-28-2014 11:03 AM
Freestep Do you rinse the salt out of his coat after letting him swim in the ocean? Salt can definitely dry out skin and make it itchy. I don't think bathing monthly is too much if you are using a mild dog shampoo, what kind of shampoo are you using? And I agree with switching him to a better dog food, something with a higher fat content, and adding some fish oil capsules to his food certainly wouldn't hurt.
02-28-2014 09:21 AM
aqueous18 Agree with the better food choice. Also bathing monthly seems a little excessive for a GSD. Consider doing waterless baths in between full baths every 6-8 weeks. Over bathing can cause skin to dry out and become itchy. And you mentioned letting him swim at the beach weekly. Maybe the salt water is drying his skin out as well?

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