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Itchy, itchy

Leo has had itchy skin his entire life, specifically his abdomen. We have tried Apoquel which works but it's not something I want on him all the time. We have done Cytopoint, same thing. And finally, against my doctor's recommendation, I did a topical and environmental allergy test. ALL negative. My doctor is more convinced that it's food but I have literally switched him around to a million different brands and proteins, gluten-free? Tried. Grain free! Tried? Natural!!! Tried. He's been on chicken, bison, beef, pork, rabbit, turkey & salmon, all kept him itchy. I even tried prescription food made for allergies >: ( NOTHING, he still continued to itch. And his ONLY spot that is itchy is his abdomen which made me think he might have allergies to the grass cuz it's the only exposed area that is touched by things (he's a pom pom, lots of fur), but the allergy test was negative for grass, flea, etc. My doctor just basically shrugs and has no other ideas. I basically feel I'm shit out of luck.

Any other peole out there with itchy dogs? What do you do? I barely get time with my vet cuz I work in the clinic so I dont get one on one time :|
 

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I'd seek out another vet that will treat you like a client. In the meantime, coconut oil is safe, even if she licks it and, a small amount might help moisturize the itchy area until you can get to a vet that will give her due attention.
 

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Have you tried switching shampoos? Or even the laundry soap and household cleaners you use?

Maybe try going to a holistic vet instead.
 

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I've had a dog on Apoquel, so I do understand why you don't want that as a lifelong solution. If it brings him relief, I would keep him on it and then work on getting a consult with a veterinary dermatologist for a second opinion.
 

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Re: Itchy, itchy

I would get a second opinion, as well. Did the allergy test test for things such as dust mites or other common household allergens that we really don't think that much about? Have you checked the ingredients of your pup's treats, as well? Like Jen mentioned, laundry soap, fabric refreshers, cleaning solutions, any of those things could be possible allergens.

Also, you may never know exactly what's causing these issues, and in that case, having allergy meds onboard all the time might be the only solution. Otherwise, the dog is going to be itchy and miserable all the time. My dog has environmental allergies, and this time of year when flowers are blooming and there's pollen everywhere are particularly bad. He has Benadryl onboard 24/7, otherwise he chews himself and scratches himself raw. I figure any side effects of meds are worth it so he's not miserable scratching. I also make sure to wash his bedding weekly, vacuum regularly, give him a bath every 3 weeks, more if necessary, and I give him salmon oil to help with irritation and inflammation.
 

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I'd seek out another vet that will treat you like a client. In the meantime, coconut oil is safe, even if she licks it and, a small amount might help moisturize the itchy area until you can get to a vet that will give her due attention.
Yeah I'm going to do some research and probably find another vet who going to give me their time of day.

Have you tried switching shampoos? Or even the laundry soap and household cleaners you use?

Maybe try going to a holistic vet instead.
I've tried different shampoos, and laundries and even personal soaps we use on ourselves. I am definitely thinking about a holistic vet as well, I'm gonna do some research.

I've had a dog on Apoquel, so I do understand why you don't want that as a lifelong solution. If it brings him relief, I would keep him on it and then work on getting a consult with a veterinary dermatologist for a second opinion.
Specialists is definitely on my list to research. As an update though, I have him on trazodone for anxiety (4th of July) and I've noticed his itching completely stopped, I had an anxious incident with him recently and it's made me think his itching might be an anxious behavior. We have done every test in the book medically speaking, so I'm also going to be taking him to a behaviorist, researching everything first.
 

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The itching and anxiety can definitely be related. I think you're headed in the right direction speaking with a behaviorist next. Good luck! Dealing with an itchy dog can be so frustrating.
 

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I have a dog who is is itchy and acts a bit like she is allergic to herself. Itching increases when she blows coat and she develops hot spots always in the same places. She gets "snow nose" and she has depigmented at the corners of her lips (almost like discoid lupus but never actually goes that far).

I swapped kibble around. Grain free expensive stuff. The effort was useless.

I finally went to a Raw dog Food pre mix (also not cheap). Others who know me told me to do this for a few years. I did and the difference is noticeable. She still itches but it seems normal. Her coat is thicker. She sheds less (that says a LOT for a plush coat German Showline German Shepherd).

Is she perfect? No. She is just hugely better.
 
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