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Maddie has multiple allergies, and one is grass (great, right?). She's consequently itchy, mainly her paws. Right now, I'm giving her 1/2 a Benadryl 2x daily, but it doesn't help much.

The director of the rescue I got her from is also a vet tech, and she told me yesterday that when she has an itchy dog, she gives them a shot that helps for about a month. I think she called it a lepo, or lepa shot, as it's nickname (not lepto - that's for something else). Is anyone familiar with this. As I understand it, it's a long acting antihisimine type of thing. I'm all for it, if it would really work.
 

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Maddie's only 12 1/2 pounds, so 1/2 a Benadryl should be enough, but I've been thinking about increasing it to a whole tablet 2x daily to see if this will help. I think she must also have some other allergies besides grass. We've tried all sorts of kibbles (grain free), as well as pre made raw (both chicken and beef varieties). Nothing has caused an improvement. Luckily, she doesn't lick herself raw. Without the Benadryl, she's worse (red ears, increased chewing on paws).
 

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Is this the injection that your vet wants to give or is giving? http://www.drugs.com/vet/depo-medrol.html The vet I work for only does this type of injection in severe cases of skin inflammation or allegeries. You can give benadryl up to three times daily. It would be safer than doing the depo injection. We have one cat who's allergies are so severe that she lived with an elizabeth collar 24hrs a day. She is now on cyclosporine and is doing extremely well. No more e-collar!
My vet didn't recommend this; a vet tech acquaintance did. Thanks for clearing up the name of it for me! I haven't had this done - I'm still just giving Maddie 1/2 benadryl twice daily. I may try 3x daily. I tried a whole tablet ONCE, and it totally zonked her out, poor thing! I won't do that again.

I had a dog that developed a wheat allergy and became extremely itchy as well. Before this happened to me, I always thought that all the discussion about wheat allergies etc in dogs was kind of hype. It took me a long time to figure out by observing when she was worse and changing foods etc to figure it out. Once I switched her to grain free, she became somewhat better but it took about 3 months for serious improvement and 6 months for total control. One cue was that every time my kids dropped some quantities of cereal or bread for her to get into, she had flare ups. 6 months on grain free resolved the problem. There is often a secondary component of yeast infection (first in the ears and then on the skin) with these things. The itchiest spots tend to be between the pads/toes and under the armspits, ears etc. I fell in love with the Blue Wilderness brand but you could try others. Just my experience. Good luck, it's hard to watch them so uncomfortable. Don't let the vet get you on steriods without serious dietary and other measures first because the steriods really damage their health long term.
I'd heard it takes awhile to clear up, but I didn't realize it could take this long. I guess I need to be more patient! I currently have her on Nature's Instinct Pre Made Raw Beef. Luckily, she's small, so the cost isn't too prohibitive. She seems worse on kibble, esp. ones that contain potato, much less any grain. The Nature's Variety Instinct sounded good until I found out it contains alfalfa meal - why???? Maddie seems to be really allergic to grass - ugh!

My vet isn't recommending steroids yet. Maddie chews on her lower legs and paws, but they're not raw; just pink. Her ears also get red, esp. if I don't give her the Benadryl. Her tummy and armpits are fine, although she has dark, rough spots around her nipples (she had puppies before we adopted her, if that makes a difference). The Benadryl doesn't stop the itchiness, but it definitely helps. She hasn't been on the Instinct Raw that long; hopefully I'll see improvement eventually, especially since it's so expensive!

Thanks for everyone's replies - this forum's the best!
 
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