Dear Vicki My Staffordshire bull terrier has really bad skin allergies. She’s currently on steroids but still scratches a lot and has bald and thin patches all over. It’s become so bad she’s destroyed the follicles and her hair won’t grow back. What can I do to help?
Skin problems can be devastating for both pets and their owners, and they can have a huge impact on quality of life. If your dog’s symptoms haven’t improved on the current medication, then you need to go back to your vet and they may undertake further investigations to determine the cause of the allergies or change the treatment. Allergies can be caused by many different factors and finding out exactly what the problem is will require time and patience. Your vet may recommend seeing a skin specialist for further treatment. Can goldfish communicate with each other, and how? Although some fish can make audible noises, body language is often an important form of communication for fish.
If they are behaving in a certain way (for example, feeding) other fish are likely to recognise this and join in. However, there are other fascinating ways fish communicate, such as appearing brighter in colour, flaring gills or ‘puffing up’. Communication is particularly important to fish species that live in large groups (shoals). Some, for example, may use pheromones (special chemical scents) to communicate with one another, while others use sound.
It’s a great question and a zoology textbook or a specialist website would be able to give you more information about this interesting subject.