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    My dog has been itching for the past several weeks. She doesn't have any fleas (I use Frontline), but I suspect she may have had one several weeks ago. I've tried Benadryl to no effect. Are there any topical solutions that actually work? Thanks.

    Note: some areas of her skin are red, but she is not bleeding, and she also does no appear to be in any distress.

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    Re: won't stop itching

    your dog probably has allergies. my dog has the same thing every august.

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    Re: won't stop itching

    It could be seasonal/environmental allergies, food allergies, or she could be getting bug bites.

    This is the time of year for seasonal allergies to be affecting everyone, human and animal alike.
    And depending on what you feed her it could be the food as well.
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    Re: won't stop itching

    Try feeding a grain free alternative protein source food like Taste of the Wild High Prairie or pacific salmon, to rule out food allergies.
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    Deebs has seasonal allergies and usually chews all the hair off of her back and tail from July to September (attractive, I know), but I give her Benadryl (two 25mg tabs a dose) up to three times a day on days the pollen count is high - have that sent to my phone from the weather channel... and I don't even have allergies, it's all for Deebs! This was, of course, after talking to my vet about dosage and doing independent research. Though if she has too much (three pills is definitely her limit at one time), she is a zombie for a few hours until it wears off. I always wipe her off with a damp hand towel or wash rag after she comes inside to catch any pollen that might have been on her. Allergies are a battle, but definitely do-able. If it isn't something you can manage, you can always go to the vet and get treatments/shots, but those can $add up$ quickly.

    In addition to having seasonal allergies, Deebs is allergic to processed chicken in dog foods (but not raw), so I feed her the fish based TOTW. Where I live in the south, it is about $37 for a 15 pound bag, but lasts Deebs quite awhile because I actually feed less than what is suggested otherwise she gets pudgy. This has worked wonders this summer, and she is itching less and less. Don't rule food out as an idea to help your itchy doggy!

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    Re: won't stop itching

    Quote Originally Posted by Mizuno View Post
    Deebs has seasonal allergies and usually chews all the hair off of her back and tail from July to September (attractive, I know), but I give her Benadryl (two 25mg tabs a dose) up to three times a day on days the pollen count is high - have that sent to my phone from the weather channel... and I don't even have allergies, it's all for Deebs! This was, of course, after talking to my vet about dosage and doing independent research. Though if she has too much (three pills is definitely her limit at one time), she is a zombie for a few hours until it wears off. I always wipe her off with a damp hand towel or wash rag after she comes inside to catch any pollen that might have been on her. Allergies are a battle, but definitely do-able. If it isn't something you can manage, you can always go to the vet and get treatments/shots, but those can $add up$ quickly.

    In addition to having seasonal allergies, Deebs is allergic to processed chicken in dog foods (but not raw), so I feed her the fish based TOTW. Where I live in the south, it is about $37 for a 15 pound bag, but lasts Deebs quite awhile because I actually feed less than what is suggested otherwise she gets pudgy. This has worked wonders this summer, and she is itching less and less. Don't rule food out as an idea to help your itchy doggy!
    SOOOOO true!! My pug/x and my previous Lhasa(R.I.P.) had the same problems as Deebs...chicken cooked in any form.....it sure did get rid of a TON of allergies when we figured that one out!!!
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    Re: won't stop itching

    Bella has the itchies this time of year - every year - as well. She bites at her front legs, so it must be something she's walking through - probably that evil ragweed.

    I wipe her down after walking outside in the tall grasses. The Benedryl helps a little, but I also found this spray called "Itchy Dog", it seems to work pretty well. I've also been adding a capsule of fish oil to her dinner...don't know whether that is helping or not.





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    Re: won't stop itching

    Hi, yes your dog could have allergies, mild skin infection from scratching and allowing bacteria into the skin, parasites (even though Frontline will work for fleas I find Revolution works even more effectively against parasites that can affect the skin) or simply has dry skin that becomes worse and more noticeable in the different seasons from climate change. Has your dog seen a vet yet? My Lab had very dry itchy skin so the first thing I would do is to buy dog friendly shampoo and conditioner such as the brand Vet-link made of aloe and oatmeal and bathe your dog as well as with a bristle brush, brush a good few times a week to stimulate the oil glands. Another option that works fantastic is to give your dog fish oil pills (very cheap from your vet) or a grocery brand will do fine as long as the amounts are correct. My 65lbs dog would need 3 pills a day. Check with your vet of course. I have my dog on a fish oil liquid containing high amounts of omegas as well as vitamin E and it cured every ounce of dry skin he had, its a lot more expensive then the fish oil pills but that was just my choice to go that route. Finally a high quality dog food brand containing duck could also help as a life long treatment to even a slight food allergy that you may be unaware of but I would definitely try the bathing AND fish oil first. I hope this is somewhat helpful to you!!

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    Re: won't stop itching

    Alice gets seasonal allergies. I've been giving her flax oil and recently started on a product by Herbsmith called Clear AllerQi. It seems to really cool and soothe her skin. http://www.herbsmithinc.com/canine_clearallerqi.asp

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