December 10 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Sometimes when you have an itch, you just have to scratch it.
Just ask Jane and Alan Rowlston, of Fulmerston Road, Thetford, whose dog Mandy suffers from a mystery skin disease that leaves her clawing and biting at herself when it just gets too much to bear.
The urge is so irresistible that 13-year-old Mandy, a Yorkshire and Norwich terrier cross, can end up bloody and sore after the scratching is done.
Mrs Rowlston is now putting out an appeal for a dressmaker or designer to create a coat for Mandy to prevent her hurting herself when the urge to itch strikes.
“We put her in a coat which covers her body but she still manages to bite herself and it’s very distressing for her, and for us to see.
“We do our best to stop her but it’s like looking after a baby. You wonder what else we can do because we hate to see it when she’s biting herself,” she said.
While trips to the beach provide a little respite for Mandy, Mrs Rowlston works full-time at a school in Thetford and says the couple can’t keep an eye on her at all hours.
Mr and Mrs Rowlston say they are now at their wit’s end having tried various balms and treatments for Mandy, even changing her food to see if it would help.
Vets have also drawn a blank when it comes to diagnosing Mandy’s ailment, and the couple now feel the best way to stop her hurting herself is to make it more difficult for her to scratch herself.
“We are looking to get someone to make a coat for her that will cover her up more.
“If it can be in a glossier fabric it will help stop her biting through the coat and obviously she needs to be able to go to the toilet,” said Mrs Rowlston.
• If you can help Mr and Mrs Rowlston with a coat for Mandy, you can contact them on 01842 750944.